On January 22, 1908, a pocket-sized police manual was distributed to the force. A few of the orders and rules are interesting and bear repeating…
- Police officers cannot leave town (on or off duty) unless in the pursuit of a fugitive, by direction of the chief, or by written permission by the Board of Public Safety.
- Harsh, violent, coarse, profane or insolent language cannot be used.
- Officers must salute the mayor, the chief, a captain or a sergeant every time they pass each other.
- No hanging around the entrance to any pool room, cigar stand or other place of similar resort.
- All dead-beats must be removed from the department.
- Officers must be familiar with the location of all vaudeville performances and the homes of junk and second-hand dealers.
- Officers must report when premises are used contrary to the good morals or public policy.
- An officer can be removed for leaving his beat without permission or for sitting down while on duty.
- An officer can be removed for not paying for his uniform.
- An officer can be removed for smoking on duty – between 7am and 7pm.
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