Item #313318 Regulations for the Day and Night Police of the City of New York with Instructions as to the Legal Powers and Duties of Policemen. New York City Police, Robert Taylor.
Regulations for the Day and Night Police of the City of New York with Instructions as to the Legal Powers and Duties of Policemen

Birth of the New York City Police Department

Regulations for the Day and Night Police of the City of New York with Instructions as to the Legal Powers and Duties of Policemen.

New York: John L. O'Sullivan, 1845.

First edition. Preface by Mayor William Frederick Havemeyer. 44, [2, last page misnumbered 48] pp. 16mo. Birth of the New York City Police Department. Contemporary sheep. Front cover detached, old small dampstain at top upper margin throughout, otherwise very good OCLC 22675132 (1 copy); cf. Sabin 54584. Item #313318

New York adopted the Municipal Police Act in May of 1845, replacing an antiquated night watch and constabulary system that could no longer handle a swell in crime that accompanied a massively increasing population. This manual laying out the duties of the cities new full-time police offiers was written by Judge Robert Taylor at the behest of Mayor Havemeyer. Describes rules of conduct for officers, job descriptions for chiefs, captains and assistant captains, and details when, where, and how arrests may be made, as well as for what constitutes a misdemeanor and what constitutes a felony. RARE: only one copy in OCLC, at the Harvard Law School library.

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