the early days of the city, police officers were seen as the people who laid
down the law. The concept of a partnership between the police and the community,
as we see it today, would have struck most people as odd. For example, in
1878, Police rules & regulations strictly controlled how the police would
come in contact with the public: “Constables on day duty are to walk near
the curbstone or outer edge of the sidewalk and are forbidden to gossip or
idle with any persons, especially servants at houses on their beat”.
for community safety rests
with both the police and the public. That, together, we address the root causes
of issues that threaten safety. The police then forge problem - solving partnerships
with neighbourhood and business groups, government agencies, our schools,
social and health care organizations, and others.
1883, all patrols were done on foot. Officers had to walk offenders to the
police station. In 1883, the police acquired a horse-drawn van, followed by
a patrol wagon in 1889. In between, in 1886, came a Mounted Unit comprising
"expert horsemen with cavalry experience”.
Until the early 1960s,
scout cars came in various colours and were unmarked. That changed when they
were all painted bright yellow. In 1969, the motto "To serve and protect"
was added to police vehicles. The yellow cars were replaced in 1986 by white
cars with red and blue accents.
Did you know...
In the 1840 s and 1850 s, the most common offence was larceny, including cow stealing. And don t forget the charge of furious driving and racing a horse and carriage too fast. Early road rage?
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