Then & Now: Phoenix Police Department

September 12, 2014 - photo frame

Before Phoenix became a city, internal law coercion who served and stable a area’s residents were called marshals. When Phoenix incorporated as a municipality on May 3, 1881, a marshals became a Phoenix Police Department. Here’s a demeanour during how troops and their collection have altered from those early years. Find some-more ancestral information during a Phoenix Police Museum, 200 W. Jefferson St.


A.J. Moore (first-known chief): Local historians are uncertain who was a initial arch of police. That’s partly given a reign “chief” wasn’t used during a beginning days of a troops department. Although it’s not transparent who initial had a pretension of chief, historians trust it was A.J. Moore. Moore served as arch from 1909 to 1912.

Daniel V. Garcia (current chief): The city hired Garcia in 2012. He served as an partner arch during a Dallas Police Department, and he was a initial arch hired from outward a dialect in during slightest a generation. Garcia became a second Hispanic named arch after Ruben Ortega’s reign from 1980 to 1991.


Wool eight-point troops shawl (circa 1940s): The eight-point character of shawl lasted by a 1970s. The shawl badge is singular given a bars that form a star are night sticks. The bird on a badge represents a Phoenix symbol. The series “87” on a badge was an register number.

Hat (current): Modern acrylic troops baseball-style cap. Police began started wearing ball caps in a mid-1980s, according to a Phoenix Police Museum.

Bomb detonators

Old explosve detonator (circa mid-1970s): Police detonated bombs regulating ice tongs tied to a finish of a rope. Officers would beam a tongs so they were situated around a intensity bomb. Once latched, an officer during a finish of a wire would give a line a yank to see if a explosve would erupt by relocating it. If transformation did not trigger an explosion, officers could proceed a explosve to establish if it was a genuine hazard and confirm how to defuse it.

Bomb drudge Swee’Pea (circa 1980s): Bomb robots came into use in 1981 with a coronation of a drudge named Leroi. Swee’Pea started use someday in a mid-1980s. Both Leroi and Swee’Pea were late in a late 1990s.


Early handgun: The Colt and Smith Wesson .38 revolvers were a initial standard-issue firearms. Prior to arising their possess weapons, troops used their personal firearms. According to a Phoenix Police Museum, many of those officers were former troops vets who used a same firearm released to them while portion in a military.

Modern .45 Glock semiautomatic pistol: The dialect switched from revolvers to semiautomatics pistols in a late 1980s. Among a pistol’s advantages are a ability reason some-more bullets. The dialect began regulating Glock-brand pistols in a early 1990s. The Glock is durable and lightweight given of a cosmetic support and other cosmetic components.


Early shackles and nippers (circa 1921): In further to a some-more ordinarily seen handcuffs, troops also had “nippers” that are displayed inside a leather sheath. Though styles varied, nippers mostly consisted of dual T-shaped handles trustworthy by a chain. The sequence was wrapped around a suspect’s wrist, and if a think resisted detain or attempted to quarrel or flee, a officer could turn a handles, so augmenting a tragedy around a suspect’s wrists.

Modern handcuffs: The form of shackles ordinarily seen on troops officers came into use in a late 1940s and have altered little, according to a Phoenix Police Museum officials.


Old badge (circa late 1800s): Police badges, starting with those used by a marshals, were mostly done by a smith who exhilarated and pulpy them regulating china dollars.

Modern troops badge: The character of badge ragged by officers now came into use in early 2000s. They underline a stream City Hall building in a credentials and a newer chronicle or a phoenix bird in a foreground.


Early two-way unstable radio (circa late 1960s): The radios, that were done by Motorola, were mounted to a unit cars dashboard.

Modern unstable radio: The stream radios used by troops are still done by Motorola, though are most smaller, lighter and can be carried on a belt.


Early batons (circa early 1900s): Batons (also called billy clubs and night sticks among other names) were assembled from element such as leather and timber as shown in a picture.

Modern baton: Modern night sticks are retractable and done from steel.


Early uniform (circa 1960s to 1980s): These light-blue short-sleeve uniform were used during a summers during a 1960s by a 1980s. According to a Phoenix Police Museum, officers operative cemetery shifts eventually stopped regulating a light-blue shirts given they were easy to mark by armed suspects and jeopardized officer safety.

Modern uniform: The uniforms include of dim blue dress shirts and dress slacks done from a polyester-blend fabric. The uniforms, that were standardised in 2012, were argumentative among a department’s arrange and file. Officers complained that a new uniforms were hotter and reduction gentle than a black, cotton-blend polo shirts and load pants used by some officers previously. Garcia criminialized a polo shirts and load pants given he pronounced they were too spontaneous looking and done it easier for criminals to burlesque officers.


Early protecting vest (circa 1930s): This early bullet-resistant vest was done with fabric that contained steel plates. Officials during a Phoenix Police Museum pronounced it was a usually one of a kind during a time and was kept inside a department’s domicile to be used usually during dangerous encounters with armed suspects. In actuality, a vest was occasionally if ever used given of a weight and a fact that an officer had to initial go to a hire to obtain it before nearing during a stage of a crime.

Modern Kevlar vest: The vests are done of woven, fake element that can stop bullets. Kevlar came into use in a mid- 1970s, according museum officials. They were an alleviation from heavier and reduction stretchable steel plated vests used given a 1930s.


Phoenix Jail Rock (circa 1860s): Before Phoenix became a city, Jack Swilling and several families who staid in a area in a late 1860s indispensable a place to keep those who pennyless a laws set by settlers, according a museum. Since there was no jail, a blacksmith done a span of shackles bolted to a rock. Those arrested were shackled to a stone by a blacksmith, a museum’s officials said. Charges could operation from dipsomaniac and unfinished control to “allowing chickens to run loose, that could means horses to spook.”

Fourth Avenue Jail (current): According to a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office website, a jail during 201 S. Fourth Ave. non-stop in 2005. It has 2,064 beds.

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