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Search for past police officers, law enforcement officials, jail history, and police department history in our free directory.  Using the following directory, you will locate lists of early police officers along with photographs, biographies, county jail histories, and other documents dating back as far as the 1600's.  Was one of your ancestors a police officer or in law enforcement?  Take a look around to find out.  If you know of other past police officer lists online, or you have one to donate, please let us know.

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ALABAMA Police History

Huntsville Police Department History

Includes historic events in Huntsville, past Chiefs of Police, historic places,  and some old photos.

Jacksonville Police Department History

Contains a meager listing of the police chiefs throughout the history of the Jacksonville Police Dept.

Mobile, Alabama 1890-1891 Alabama Municipal Officers

Lists of Municipal Officers in Mobile 1890-1891 were taken from the City Directory.  Also see: memorial page, Mobile Police Department Museum.

Summerdale Police Department History

Provides a very brief history and a list of all past town marshals and Police Chiefs 1928-present day.

 

ALASKA Police History

Anchorage Police Department History

Includes a well-done history along with biographies of past Chiefs of Police, fallen officers, and some historical highlights of Anchorage, AK.

Bethel Police Department History

Contains a brief history of the Bethel Police Department.

Craig Police Chief Biographies

Biographies of police chiefs of the Craig Police Department in Alaska, from the appointment of the first Chief of Police in 1982 to present day.

History of the Women Police of Alaska

Juneau Police Department History

History of the Juneau Police Department with a list of all known sworn officers.

 

ARIZONA Police History

Arizona - History of the Arizona Public Safety / Arizona Highway Patrol

A brief history begins with the 1901 Arizona Rangers leading up to law enforcement in present day Arizona.

Chandler Police Department History

Features a brief history of the Chandler, AZ Police Department.  Includes names of early town constables, officers and Chiefs of Police.

Phoenix Police Department History

Features a brief history of the Phoenix, AZ Police Department.  Also see the Phoenix Police Museum which includes a virtual tour, photographs and some information about early officers of the Phoenix Police Dept.

Yuma Police Department History

Features a brief history of the Chandler, AZ Police Department from 1914 to present day and includes some names of Chiefs of Police, Captains and other officials.

 

ARKANSAS Police History

Arkansas State Police History

Includes a brief history of the Arkansas State Police force along with historic photos and a memorial photo gallery.

Jacksonville Police Department History

Nicely done history with old photos of the first police car, first city jail, and staff members.  Features complete lists of past town marshals and chiefs of police.

Little Rock Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

A memorial for fallen officers 1885 to present day in Little Rock, Arkansas.

North Little Rock Fallen Officers

1929 to present day fallen officers memorial.

Searcy Police Department History

A tiny tidbit of history which includes an 1886 newspaper article about the famed hanging of George Carroll.

 

CALIFORNIA Police History

Arcadia Police Department History

Very nice history provides a timeline, old photos and a complete list of past marshals and chiefs of police.

Azusa Police History

Nice history provides information about the beginnings of the Azusa Police Department and provides names of early law enforcement officials.

Berkeley Police Department History

The site provides details of the early history of the Berkeley Police Department along with names of past marshals, constables and chiefs of police in the department.  Includes a very nice photo collection and a memorial page devoted to fallen officers.

Chula Vista Police Department History

Nicely done history recounts historic events, from the 1911 appointment of a City Marshal through present day and includes historical photos.

Eureka Police Department History

A nicely written history of the Eureka Police Department which was established in 1858.

Galt Police Department History

A brief history of the Galt Police Department with photos and information about the past police chiefs of Galt, California.

Hermosa Beach Police Department History

Provides a list of town marshals, night watchmen and chiefs of police since the incorporation of the town in 1907 to present time.

Irvine Police Department History

Features a nicely written history of the Irvine Police Department with pictures of and information about the past Police Officers.

LAPD History

The official web site of the Los Angeles Police Department features historical overviews for time periods 1850 through 1950 and lists biographies of some historical police chiefs.  They also offer interesting facts related to California disasters and  history which involved the police department.

Los Angeles Police Historical Society and Museum

The web site features a page of officers of the past who were killed in action and research services for facts, dates, people, places and things which are connected to the history of the Los Angeles Police Department.  They also have an extensive archives of historical photos.

Maryville Police Department History

This brief history features information about the beginnings of the Maryville Police Department which was established in 1851.  Includes some nice photos.

Milpitas Police Department History

Features some brief history with great photos and lists past chiefs of police in the Milpitas Police Department.

Morro Bay Police Department

Recounts the history of the Morro Bay Police Department with photos and a complete list of past chiefs of police 1965 to present.

Ontario Police Department History

Nicely done history details the history of the Ontario Police Department.  Includes early photos and memorial pages dedicated to fallen officers.

Oxnard Police Department History

Includes a brief history of the Oxnard Police Department with some early photos, information about early constables and officers and a memorial to fallen officers.

Pacifica Police Department History

Follows the history of the Pacifica Police Department from the time of city incorporation in 1957 to present day and includes name of the chief of police through the years.

Palos Verdes Estates Police Department History

Devoted to the history of the Palo Verdes Estates Police Dept.  Includes some photos.  Also see the Memorial Page.

Redding Police Department History

Featuring some photos of past town marshals and chiefs of police in Redding, California, this site is asking for help from readers to round out their history page.  The site also includes some nice memorial pages devoted to fallen officers.

Rialto Police Department History

Features a brief history of the Rialto, CA Police Department.

Sacramento Police Department History

Features a brief history of the Sacramento Police Department along with several videos called "City Beat" which detail the history of the department,  Also see the Sacramento Fallen Officer Memorial.

San Bernardino Police Past Chiefs of Police

Features a list of the past Chiefs of Police of the San Bernardino Police 1905 to present day.

San Diego Police Department History

Features a nicely written history of the San Diego Police Department which includes a list of all police chiefs from 1889 to present day.

San Diego Police Historical Association  (History)

The association will search it's historical police files for past police officers at no charge.  They also have biographies and photos for some of the San Diego Police Chiefs of the past online.

San Francisco Police - 150 Years of History

Features great photos and a very detailed history of the San Francisco Police Department with many names and dates of past law enforcement officials.

San Jose Police Department History

The site presents a very nicely written history with lots of historical photos, many names of early city officials, badge history, and a page devoted to fallen officers.

San Luis Obispo Police Department History

This is a very well written documentation of the history of the San Luis Obispo Police Department featuring old photos and names of past marshals, constables, watchmen and chiefs of police.

San Mateo Police Department History

Well done history of the department includes lists of past marshals and chiefs of police.

Santa Cruz Police Department History

This short history provides a little history of the Santa Cruz Police Department along with photographs and a list of all past police chiefs 1867 to present day.

Santa Monica Police Department History

Features a list of retired Chiefs of Police of Santa Monica with photos.

Sausalito Police Department History

Features a list of past police chiefs, 1893 to present day and police stories from the past.

South Pasadena Police Department History

The department presents a history in photos includes the names of police chiefs and their dates of tenure.

Stockton Police Department History

Features a brief history detailing the beginnings of the Stockton Police Department in 1850 with some photos.

Tracy Police Department Chiefs of Police

A list of the Police Chiefs of the Tracy Police Department from 1910 to present with photos. Also see Tracy's Fallen Heroes.

University of California, Berkeley Police Department

Site provides a brief history of the department, providing the names of early Captains and officers.

Ventura Police Department History

Well-done history of the Ventura Police Department with old photos and many names of early law enforcement officers.

 

COLORADO Police History

Fort Morgan Police History

Brief history of the Fort Morgan Police Department is still a work in progress..

Golden Police History

Election of the first Town Marshal.

Littleton Police Department History

Through research performed by Littleton Police Dept. employees, a nicely done history is offered which includes old photos and stories.

 

CONNECTICUT Police History

Berlin Police Chiefs

Lists Berlin Police Chiefs from 1956 to present day with photos along with a history of the department.

Bristol Police Department History

Contains a brief history with bios and photos of the past police chiefs of Bristol, Connecticut.

Connecticut Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation

Connecticut State Police History

The historical museum site features history articles, photographs, lists of personnel and a memoriam to fallen officers.

East Hartford Police Department History

Features a brief history of the East Hartford Police Department with some photos.

East Windsor Police Department History

Features a history of the East Windsor Police Department with many photos.

Fairfield Police Department History

Features a detailed history of the Fairfield Police Department.

Hamden Police Department History

This well done history features historical photos, lists of the police chiefs and a fallen officers memorial.

Hartford Police Department History

The site offers a brief history of the Hartford Police Department and includes a list of twentieth century police chiefs.

History of the Manchester Police Department

Features an excellent history of the Manchester Police Department with some great photos. Also see past Police Chiefs and their photos.

Monroe Police Department History

Features a history of the Monroe Police Department which was established in 1947.

History of the Naugatuck Police Department

Features an excellent history of the Manchester Police Department with some great photos. Also see past Police Chiefs and their photos.

New London Police History

Includes a brief history of the New London Police D

Newington Police History

Includes a history of the Newington Police Department which was established in 1934 with photos of past police chiefs and officers.

North Haven Police Department History

Features a nicely done history of the North Haven Police Department with lots of vintage photos.

Ridgefield Police Department History

A brief history recounts the beginnings of the department and includes information on the Police Chiefs 1955 to present time.

Rocky Hill Police Department History

The site features a history of the police department along with the names and dates of former police chiefs of Rocky Hill.

Southington Police Department History

Features a brief history of the Southington Police Department which was established in 1927.  Details include all the past Chiefs of Police.

Stratford Police Department History

Features a brief history of the Stratford Police since it's organization in 1917 from a constabulary to an official police department.

Torrington Police Department History

Features a brief history of the Torrington Police Department.

Waterbury Police Department History

Features a history of the Waterbury Police Dept.

Waterford Police Department History

The brief history recounts early law enforcement officers, photos, interesting facts and dates.

West Haven Police Department History

The site features a short history about the history of the West Haven Police Dept. with a large collection of historical photos.

Wolcott Police Department History

Recounts the short history of the department and names the 5 men who have held the position of the Chief of Police.

 

DELAWARE Police History

Capitol Police Department History

Features a brief article about the history of the Capitol Police Department in Delaware.

Delaware State Police History

Nicely done history article details the history of the Delaware State Police from it's inception in 1923 through 1995.

Newark Police Department History

Brief history of the Newark, DE Police Department which traces its origins to 1867.

New Castle County Police Department History

Video details the history of the New Castle County Police Department.

Selbyville Police Department History

Includes a brief history with information about past chiefs of police along with historical photos.

Rehoboth  Beach Police Department History

Features a timeline of the history of the Rehoboth Beach Police complete with photos.

Selbyville Police Department History

Includes a brief history with information about past chiefs of police along with historical photos.

Smyrna Police Department History

Includes a history of the Smyrna Police Department since 1845 and a list of past police chiefs.

Wilmington Police Department History

Features a brief history of the Wilmington Police Department which was originated in 1739.

 

District of Columbia Police History

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Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department History

What a wonderful site this is!  You will find a lot of history here along with photos and in particular, a huge section for genealogical reference listing names and information about officers who have served on the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department over the years.

 

FLORIDA Police History

Fort Lauderdale Police Department History

Includes a nice historical review with a photo album of historical Fort Lauderdale police photographs.

Gainesville Police Department History
History of the police department along with early town marshals and a list of police chiefs from 1919 to 1999 with nice photos.  Also see the Memorial Page.

Jacksonville Roster of the Police Force
Includes law enforcement officers who served between 1913 and 1920.

Palm Beach Police Department History

Beginning with the first town marshal election in 1911, the history of the Palm Beach Police Department is recounted briefly with names, dates and photos of past police chiefs and fallen officers.

Riviera Beach Police Department History

Information on the history of the Riviera Beach Police with some photos.

Vero Beach Police Department History

Brief history includes information about the first marshals, past chiefs of police and historical photos of the force.

 

GEORGIA Police History

Atlanta History Timeline
The timeline features historical happenings along with mentions of past law enforcement officers in the Atlanta Police force.

Clayton County Police History

Features a brief but well written history of the Clayton County Police Department with a names and photos of past police chiefs.

Cobb County Police Department History

Lists brief history from the 1920s to 2005 and includes names and dates of the chiefs of police.

Dalton Police Department History / About Us

The page details the current information about the Dalton, GA Police Department as well as a history timeline.

East Point Police Department History

Features a brief history of the East Point, Georgia Police Department which provides a list of past Chiefs of Police and early town marshals.

 

Hawaii Police History

Honolulu Police Department History

Featuring an in-depth look at the unique history of law enforcement in Hawaii, the history begins with the pre-cook era and on into 1846 when Hawaii was ruled by King Kamehameha the Third and further into present day.  Also provided, are lists of all Police Chiefs and fallen officers.  Honolulu also offers the Honolulu Police Department Law Enforcement Museum where visitors can learn more.

Maui Police Department History

A brief history recounts the beginnings of the Maui Police Department in 1905, provides a list of all past police chiefs of the Maui PD and lists officers on the Wall of Honor.

 

IDAHO Police History

Boise Police Department History

Includes some early history of law enforcement in Boise, Idaho with photos and a complete list of past police chiefs 1893 to present day.

Coeur d'Alene Police History

Excellent historical account of the history and timeline of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department with photos and biographies of police chiefs and other law enforcement officials who have served the Coeur d'Alene Police Department.

Idaho Peace Officers Memorial

This memorial site features every fallen officer in Idaho along with history and photos.

Nampa Police History

Features a brief history of Nampa Law Enforcement along with some historical photos and information about some of the early officers and chiefs who served.

Rigby Police Department  History

Features a brief history and a list of the Chiefs of Police who have served the Rigby Police Department since 1915.

 

ILLINOIS Police History

Chicago Police Department History

Presents a history timeline beginning in 1830 and provides some information about Constables and Police Chiefs from the past.

Dixon Police Department History

Features a very brief history with a picture of the first Police Chief.

Evanston Police Department History

Very nice history with many photos and names of early law enforcement officials.

Hinsdale Police Department History

 

INDIANA Police History

Columbus Police Department History

Details of the history of the Columbus Police Department starting with the first City Marshal through current times.  Lists names of some early city officials and law enforcement officers.

Griffith Police Department History

Includes a brief history with lists of past members of the force, chiefs, retirees and current law enforcement officers.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department History

Features a well written history beginning in September 1854 with a comprehensive list of all chiefs of police in the history of the Indianapolis Police Department along with a memoriam page for fallen officers.

Kokomo Police History

Provides a short history of the City of Kokomo Police Department with some historical photos.

South Bend Police History

Includes some history of the South Bend Police Department along with a memorial to fallen officers with bios and photos.

Warsaw, Indiana History

Within this lengthy history, are some morsels of early Warsaw law enforcement officers and other city officials.  The history is great and provides a nice historical photo section.

 

IOWA Police History

Bettendorf Police Department History

Nicely written history of the Bettendorf Police law enforcement with a list of Marshals and Chiefs of Police through the years 1919 to present time.

Cedar Rapids Police Department History

Recounts the history of the Cedar Rapids Police beginning with the first City Marshal in 1849 through present day along with page devoted to fallen officers.

Council Bluffs Police History

The site offers a very nice history of the Council Bluffs Police Department with photos, a history timeline, fallen officers, and names of early law enforcement officers.

Glenwood Police Department History

Features a list of officers and chiefs of yesterday along with a brief history of Glenwood, a historical photo album and timeline.

Iowa State Patrol History
1935 to present history tidbits and a list of all officers killed in the line of duty.

Muscatine Police Departmental History
Brief history of the Police Department of Muscatine, Iowa which was started in 1839. Also see Fallen Officers.

Oelwein Police History Timeline
Features a timeline of the history of law enforcement in Oelwein and includes information about past officers and Chiefs of Police of the Oelwein, Iowa Police Department.

Ottumwa Police History

Features a brief history of the Ottumwa Police Department which was created in the 1860s and featured a force of three men.  Includes some early photos.

Sibley Police Chiefs of the Past
Lists Police Chiefs who served Sibley Police Department 1952-1959 and past sheriffs of Osceola County, IA 1872 to present..

 

KANSAS Police History

Bardstown Police Department History

The brief history provides the names of some early town marshals, officers and Chiefs of Police.

Dodge City Police Department History

Offers a brief history of the Dodge City Police Department.  Also see The Lawmen of Dodge City and Ford County, KS.

Fairway Police Department History

Offers a brief history of the Fairway Police Department, with a promise of more to come in the near future.

Garden City Police Department History

Some history, famous cases and law enforcement officials from the past.

Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police History

Features a brief history of this organization and a list of past presidents.

Kansas City Police Department History

Features a brief history of the Kansas City Police Department. The Kansas City Police Historical Society offers an online museum and other historical information about the department.

Kansas City Police Officers Association

Includes a history of the association, Massacre at Union Station, the Paseo Massacre, historical photos, and a list of fallen officers from 1881 to present day,

Kansas Highway Patrol History

Recounts a little of the early history beginning in 1933 and featuring a memorial page to Kansas Highway Patrol troopers who were lost over the years.

Lawrence, Kansas Police Department History

History timeline of the department.  No officers name listed except in the memorial to fallen officers page.

Newton Police Department History

This brief history provides information about the beginnings of the Newton, KS Police Department and the badges used over the years. Also see the list of past marshals and police chiefs of Newton PD beginning in 1871 and her Fallen Heroes.

Pittsburg, Kansas Police History

A well written history features historical photographs and lists many of the law enforcement officials in the history of the Pittsburg Police Department.

Riley Police Department History

This history provides names of some of the past marshals, police chiefs and officers who served the Riley County KS Police Department. Also see Fallen Officers.

Salina Police Department History Pages

Well done history features a city history, facilities history, past town marshals and officers stories.

Udall Police Department Chiefs and Marshals   Udall Police Department History
Includes some mini biographies and photos for marshals and police chiefs 1883 to present.

 

KENTUCKY Police History

Ashland, Kentucky Police Department History and Statistics
A brief history of the department includes a list of fallen officers.

Bowling Green Police Department History
Includes history and early photos of the jail, courthouse, and officers.

Kentucky State Police History

Nicely done history is broken down into decades includes a memorial to fallen officers.

Harrodsburg Police Department History

Morehead Police Department History

Features a page of photos of officers and staff through the years plus a memorial page.

 

LOUISIANA Police History

Bossier City Police Department History

Includes a brief history with some photos.

Gretna Police Department History

Brief history of the Gretna Police Dept. includes information about the first town marshal and the subsequent town marshals leading up to the present Chief of Police.

Harbor Police Department History

Nice police history also provides a list of all past chiefs of police.

Independence Police Department History
Includes list and photos of police chiefs 1932 to present.

Lake Charles Police Department History
Includes a brief history of the Lake Charles Police force along with some old photos.

New Orleans Police Department History

Includes a history and some information about early police officers and chiefs along with a Memoriam to New Orleans Police Officers lost in the line of duty.

Ruston Present and Past Chiefs of Police
Includes list with photos of the chiefs of police from 1896 to present.

 

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UNITED STATES Police History

Officer Down Memorial Page

Remembering all of law enforcement's heroes.  Be sure to see Today in History, where you will find a list of daily remembrances of fallen officers and law enforcement officials.

US Park Police History

Several pages recount the history of the policing of our National parks from 1791 to present day.

 


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