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Lima Police Department 125th Anniversary

Lima Police Department 125th Anniversary

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125
 
 years
Lima PoliceDepartment
“To have the courage to do whatis right even at personal sacrifice.To have the courage to stand upfor those who cannot stand up forthemselves. To be brave andpersevere in the face of danger.To have the courage to admitwhen we are wrong.”
The Lima News
SECTION G
Sunday, June 17, 2012
 
 
1887 – 2012
 
LIMA POLICE • 125 YEARS
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Sunday, June 17, 2012 The Lima News
From Sheri Samuel A. Crish & all o the employees at The Allen County Sheri’s Ofce.
Congratulations to everyone at the
L
ima
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on 125 years of outstanding service to this Community!
INDEX 
Celebrating 125 years G3Notable case: Chuck Conner shooting G4Davenport: Lima’s first black police chief G4-5 Jackson: Lima’s first black policeman G7The slaying of Jess Sarber G8Officers killed in the line of duty G9Notable case: Kay’s Jewelry Store robberies G9Police chiefs through the years G12-13Notable case: Woods, Trusedale killings G14Notable case: Grand avenue murders G17Notable case: Baby Tolbert kidnapping G17Notable case: Kidnapping, chase,arrest G17Notable case: Tarika Wilson death        G17Technology changes G18
 ABOUT THE COVER
Photos courtesy of the Allen County Historical Society:
 
• 1842:
The first Lima Police Station was part of the first Allen CountyCourthouse built in 1831.
• 1887:
Lima’s first police officers: (front, from left) Patrolman Conelius Rousch,Chief James P. Harley and Patrolman Joel B. Crabb; (back, from left) PatrolmenThomas A. O’Brien, Augustus Miller, Sam Meeks and Daniel Corcoran.
125th anniversary Lima Police badge
Excerpt from the Lima Police Department Mission StatementCover design by Connie Ruhe, The Lima News
The LimaPoliceStation asseen June 8on the cornerof Marketand Unionstreets. Thestation wasbuilt in 1969.
LINDSAY BROWN• The LimaNews
 
LIMA POLICE • 125
YEARS
 The Lima News Sunday, June 17, 2012
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Rhodes State College
Congratulates the Lima Police Department on 125 Years of Excellence
 
Your Education PartneFor the last years,
4240 Campus DriveLima, OH 45804
www.RhodesState.edu/StartsHere 419-995-8320
By ADRIENNE McGEE
amcgee@limanews.com419-993-2072
LIMA — The Lima Police Depart-ment is celebrating its 125th anni- versary this year. To answer a fewquestions about its history, I turned tothe history written by Joe Bowsher,“Lima, Ohio, Police Department: ACentury of Service.” Bowsher startedat the Lima Police Department in 1966and retired in 1992.The history is vast, but here are afew details:• The first station was in 1831 inthe 100 block of South Main Street.It was the headquarters for city andcounty offices in addition to the townmarshal. Lima’s law enforcement wasofficially organized with the namingof Amos Clutter as town marshal in1842. They used their own guns.• The Lima Police Departmentbegan with seven officers in 1887.Lima had expanded with the oil boom,and a more formal law enforcement presence was needed. Officers were paid $60 a month for working everyday in the early 1900s, and at that timethey were issued a gun, a badge, awhistle, a flashlight and a set of keys.• The first African-American officerwas William A. Jackson, a Detroitnative who started in 1891. He servedfour years, retiring in 1895, but wasreappointed in 1898. There weremany other African-Americans whoserved continuing from that era.• A new station was built to housethe Police and Fire departments atEast High Street and North Central Avenue in 1907. It was built at a costof $135,000. There were about 18 police officers at the time, and therewere nine cells in the jail. The vacatedspace later became the Leader Store.• The department first bought a vehicle — a paddy wagon — in 1915.Motorcycles came onto the force five years before that for traffic control,and Model Ts and Model As werelater added. In the 1930s, automobileswere ordered with bulletproof glassand gunports. Before the departmenthad vehicles, officers used street cars.• In 1923, Sgt. William Keller orga-nized the identification bureau. Heorganized files with fingerprints andmug shots of everyone incarcerated inthe city jail. Before fingerprints, offi-cers used the Bertillon system, usingmeasurements of a person’s head andbody to identify him.• The Fraternal Order of Police No.21 was chartered in 1935. The meet-ings were held in various members’garages until grocers Howard and RayPangle provided land at 750 W. Robb Ave. and a lodge was built in 1966.• The first juvenile officer wasPatrolman Earl Cox, who took the post in 1948.• Equipment firsts include theSpeedmeter in 1955, a speed-detectingsystem using air hoses laid across aroadway. The Alcometer was used atthis time also, but its results weren’tthe best and officers instead reliedon blood tests done at the hospitals.In 1968, officers were given two-way portable radios so they could com-municate with the station, and radioswere installed in cruisers in 1970. TheBreathalyzer and the polygraph cameinto use in the early 1970s.• A new station was finished in the100 block of East Market Street in1969, replacing the building at 117 E.High St., which had served as head-quarters for some 60 years beforethat. The Lima House Hotel andSarno’s Restaurant and Lounge hadto be purchased and razed so the newstation could go in.• Major changes came with the1970s. New in this decade were the vice squad, meter maids, bomb squad,SWAT, Safety City, guns, female offi-cer. Lima Technical College openedduring this era also and offered anassociate degree in law enforcement,allowing officers to be on the forceand work toward their degree atthe same time. (Officers were firstrequired by the state to have struc-tured training in the mid-1960s.)• The 1980s saw more improve-ments. Wire barriers were first used incars between front and back seats. A plan for 911 was started in 1986, andit became operational in 1989. A com- puter system was installed just two years before that.
Celebrating 125 years

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