DC Police Department Scrapbooks Collection
The four scrapbooks that make up this collection contain clippings, programs, and photographs documenting the successes and failures of the Metropolitan Police Department. Also included in these scrapbooks are clippings related to the King and Queen of England.
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3 linear feet; 2 boxes
Biographical / Historical
In 1790, the Federal City was established out of land ceded from Maryland and Virginia. For the next 10 years, the Federal City was policed by law enforcements officers from those two states. In 1802, the city was given the power to enforce its own laws, although this was to be accomplished with only 15 officers. In 1861, the Metropolitan Police Department was established and continues to this day. The first arrest under the Metropolitan Police Department was for a charge of intoxication (Source: Metropolitan Police Department Website: Brief History of the MPDC)
It is unknown as to whether these scrapbooks were maintained by the DC Police Department or by the staff of the DC Public Library.
- DC Police Department
- An inventory of DC Police Department Scrapbooks at DC Public Library
- Finding aid prepared by Ryan P. Semmes.
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