Police department

  • Police department
  • "The 1935 Wakefield Police Department had 13 regular officers patrolling the streets of Wakefield under Chief James J. Pollard. The force included the chief, two sergeants and ten patrolmen. To effectively protect the citizens of Wakefield, their annual operating budget for that year was $35,000. Today, over 50 years later, there are 12 commanding officers and 35 patrolmen on the Wakefield Police Department. John G. Gates and George B. DeRoche were the first Sergeants appointed to the Wakefield Police Department. Sgt. DeRoche was then promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, making him the first Wakefield police officer to attain the rank. Today, the 12 commanding officers include 1 Chief, 4 Lieutenants, and 7 Sergeants." -- Text from calendar.;Captions: 1. The 1940 Wakefield Police Department - (front row, left to right) James F. Hartnett, John A. Peterson, Sgt. Merritt Wenzel, Lieut. George B. DeRoche, Chief John G. Gates, Sgt. Walter E. Peterson, James A. McFadden, Joseph A. Preston, Eugene McDonnell. (second row, left to right) Joseph Fazio, Eugene Hathaway, John J. Mahoney, Peter Quinn, Harold Maloney, Morton B. Griffin, Winslow Smith, William Jack, Charles Sullivan. (third row, left to right) John E. Martin, Raymond J. Beane, Edwin M. Rowe, George Sheridan, Ernest J. McWhinnie. -- 2. Wakefield's first ambulance. -- 3. Wakefield Police officers Edwin Poland, left, and Jim McFadden.
  • Image from the Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department annual calendar, 1987
  • [Wakefield, Mass.] : Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department


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