History of the Maynard Police Department

1871

One of the first important needs of the town was police protection and the citizens at the first town meeting in 1871 elected three constables, Fred Fletcher, William Maxwell and Thomas Farrell. The selectmen were to act as police commissioners and appointed eight special policemen- E.L. Stevens, E.F. Tilton, William Taylor, John Hickland, John P. Foster, William F. Wood, William Maynard, and Joseph Valley. The constables were to receive $10.00 extra for serving as truant officers.

In May 1871, the selectmen were authorized to build a lock-up and a committee  of three was appointed  (John  K. Harriman, Amory Maynard and John Fuller) to supervise the building of same. It was built of brick, about fourteen feet by fourteen feet, containing two cells, at a cost of $455.70. It was located just off Main Street at the rear of what is now #2 Railroad St. The selectmen as police commissioners meticulously reported the on the cost of the new lock-up in the annual town report.

1876

By 1876, the cost of police was $150.00 a year, and by 1890 had risen to $604.15, with three constables and nine special police.

1882

In 1882, two policemen were chosen for night duty and two for duty from twelve noon to midnight at $2.25 per day.

1894

In April 1894 it was voted to build a new lock-up on the westerly corner of the fire engine house on Nason Street, to be of brick or stone. It was built of brick at a cost of $694.00 (this building is standing today). From 1894 to 1900 the department appropriation was $599.00 a year. However, with the great increase in population caused by the American Woolen Co. expansion of the mill complex, 1903 saw an appropriation of $1700.00 .

1902

On October 3, 1902, it was voted that the chairman of the board of selectmen was to act as chief of police, and John Connors of Marlborough and Samuel G. King were appointed as Full-time patrolmen.

1909

In 1909, a new safety measure for the populace in reach of a telephone was installed at the corner of Main and Nason Streets. It was known as a “call-light”, and anyone desiring an officer at night could call the telephone operator, who then turned on the light. The officer then learned through the operator the location for the party calling for him. A rather circuitous method of reaching the police compared with today, but adequate for those days and nights of nearly a century ago.

1913

Officer Connors was named deputy chief, and in 1917 patrol boxes for the night patrolmen were installed at a cost of $500.00.

1920

Automobile hire by the department in 1920 came to $121.00- no cruisers yet.

1924

On February 13, 1924 the police department was made a separate department under the direction of the board of selectmen and Deputy Connors was named Chief of Police.

1925

The February 9, 1925 town meeting voted to accept the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 31, Civil Service Act, where by the chief of police and the regular of permanent police force shall be subject to said chapter and rules made there under. On February 11, 1925, John Connors was named chief, Nicholas J. Driscoll, sergeant, Arthur Webber and Harold Hanson, patrolmen, under the Civil Service Rules, with the selectmen retaining direction of the police department.

1930

In 1930, life-preservers, ropes, and a boat were placed on the Mill Pond. Crosswalks and yellow lines were painted in various places for the first time for traffic safety, indicating increased automobile traffic. Also in 1930, the police headquarters was moved from the selectmen’s office in Creighton’s block to Gruber’s block

1934

In 1934 the Maynard Police Headquarters moved to four rooms fronting Main street in the west side of the recently acquired “town building”. The lock-up also was moved to this location.

1936

In 1936, John Connors, chief of police for thirteen years and with thirty-four years on the force, died on October 9th.

1937

On April 1st, 1937 Henry F. Piecewicz was appointed chief.

1938

The department received its first cruiser in 1938

1939

In 1939 a pension system was instituted, with Sergeant Nicholas Driscoll the following year the first to retire under it.

1946

The year 1946 saw the installation of the first two-way radio for the cruiser

1950

In 1950 the one and only traffic light in town was installed at Paper Mill Corner after a traffic survey.

1951

Parking meters were installed in 1951

1953

The five-day week for the department was passed at the 1953 town meeting.

1954

Chief Piecewicz retired in 1954, and on November 30, 1955 Michael T. Zapareski was appointed to chief.

1955

On October 4th, 1955, the department moved into the new combination police and fire station.

1968

Chief Zapareski retired March 1st, 1968, and on October 1st, 1968 Sergeant Albert J. Crowley was appointed chief.

1980

On January 23rd, 1980 Sergeant Arner S. Tibbetts was appointed interim chief

1986

On May 13th, 1986 Arner S. Tibbetts was appointed Police Chief.

1994

Chief Tibbetts retired in 1994  and Sergeant Edward M. Lawton was first appointed Interim Chief by the Board of Selectmen, and then later chief of Police. During this time the department transitioned from Smith & Wesson 357 revolvers to the Glock semi-auto pistol.

1999

Chief Edward M. Lawton retired from the Maynard Police Department On August 9th, 1999. Sergeant James F. Corcoran was appointed chief in his place.

2006/2007

Through donations from the Maynard Booster Club and private citizens, as well as money from a community policing grant, 4 new Tasers were purchased and put on the street.  After several years of planning and failed attempts, a new station was approved at town meeting by the citizens of Maynard.

2008

The building committee, Chief Corcoran, and the Board of Selectman attended the ground breaking ceremony on April 22nd 2008.   The new station, scheduled to be ready at the beginning of 2009 will be located in the old library next to the  Town Hall.

2009

On April 23rd 2009 an official ribbon cutting ceremony was held at #197 Main Street. The Edward Lawton conference room was dedicated.

2012

Chief James F. Corcoran retires.  Lt. James Dawson becomes Acting Chief while the search for a new chief begins.

On October 1st 2012, Mark Dubois takes over as the Chief of the Maynard Police Department.

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