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On July 28, 1853 the City of Waterbury established it’s own official police force consisting of twenty-five men serving under the command of Waterbury’s first Chief of Police Samuel Warren. Having the official title “Constable”, these first police officers were paid between fifteen and twenty-five cents per hour. Two weeks after the Police Department was created, the Police Department moved into its new Headquarters on August 11, 1853. Headquarters consisted of a wooden structure building located on Brook Street. A need to publicly identify these new officers prompted the Police Department to adopt its first badge on September 18, 1854 for use by the officers while on-duty. A further need for an organizational structure and discipline led to the Police Department publishing its first Rules & Regulation Manual on December 17, 1855.

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