Either the news was really slow in Ridgefield, New Jersey, or Supervisor Darrow had an excellent PR guy. His full report to the Police Commission ended up in the newspaper (see images at the end of this post). During this exact period of time 85 years ago, here is what Pop and his fellow police officers were doing:
Darrow Reports On Officers Work
The following report was submitted to the Ridgefield Council relative to a course in police training just concluded by Patrolman Walter Gallagher, Henry Lustman and Arthur Kalbhenn of the Ridgefield Police Department, at the Police College, City of New York. Mr. Darrow, Supervisor of Police of Ridgefield, says:
“These men were entered for a three-months’ course of training under Deputy Chief Inspector John J. O’Connell, Dean of the Police College.
Patrolman Walter Gallagher was assigned to a special course in fingerprinting and photography, and now qualifies as a finger-print expert. This course comprises training in the various means of identification of whorls, loops, patterns and other characteristics in the lines of the fingers( necessary for the identification of the person whose print is being studied, and the classification of such prints, as males, females, color and numerical values. This involves a course of six weeks’ training, known as the primary class. Taken with an intensive study of the 750,000 prints on file in the New York Police Department records, it has the advantage of the study of records of many years’ accumulation.
The course in photography consists of the photographing of latent prints, impressions on various surfaces, develoument [sic] and printing of films and photographs, and methods of photography necessary for the identification of the dead. Three weeks is devoted to this work.
The course concludes with three additional weeks practical experience with the Homicide Squad. The value of this instruction may be measured by the fact that this knowledge is given by men of long experience in solving crimes of a serious nature. The course embraces everything of value in the identification of suspects.
Patrolman Henry Lustman and Arthur Kalbhenn have just finished a course in general police work, as a member of a class of two hundred and fifty recruits graduated by the New York Police Department at Madison Square Garden on June 26, 1930.
This is a three-months’ course, involving instruction in the proper conduct of the police officer, his duties under the law, and his obligations to the citizen. The necessity for discipline, courtesy to the public, dignity, and the care of his personal appearance, is impressed upon the student, with a view to having him realize that these are the essential qualifications for a successful career in the field of police work. This course creates an atmosphere for the new police officer, which impresses upon him the fact for all time that he is adopting a serious vocation, that police work is a business in itself and that criminology is a subject requiring years of study by the policeman who expects to attain a knowledge of the method of operation and characteristics of the profesisonal [sic] criminal, necessary for the successful prosecution and conviction of the offender and the prevention and detection of crime, and he must concentrate on this subject if he is to have any measure of success.
A digest of laws, ordinances, rules and regulations, court procedure, and the conduct of the police while testifying in court cases, is part of this course.
Daily instruction in boxing, wrestling, setting up exercises, jiu jitsu and general physical culture, together with a first aid course and instruction in United States Military tactics, is given.
This course is a great value to the inexperienced policeman just entering the profession, in that it tends to make him alert mentally, sets him up physically, and gives the poise so necessary to a policeman, if he is to command the respect of the community he is to serve.
Other members of the Department will be signed to take courses at the Police College, and those who have completed the course will be used as instructors.”
These are the pages of the original memo presented to the Commission