Clipped From The Raleigh Times
REPORT OFJHE BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS Submitted to the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen;; of the City h SPLENDID REPORT The Work of the Board of Police Commissioners Reviewed Some of the Reforms Planned and the Good Work Accomplished TheInstalla. tion of Xew Form of Work- EHeo trie Patrol Instituted and ' Has Proved Very Successful, Keeping the Oliljers in Close Touch ' With Headquarters All the Time EfH ciency of Patrolmen Has Increased Since Patrol System Has Been in Operation. Raleigh, N. C, March 17, 1909. To His Honor, James I. Johnson, Mayor, and to the Board of Aldermen of the City of Raleigh. Gentlemen: While the city char ter does not require a report from the Board of Police Commissioners, we feel that it is an aft of courtesy due the chief executive and the Board of Aldermen of our city to make a report and we herewith submit the same, covering the period from September 1, 1907, to March 1, 1909. Thepresent Board of Police Com-misisoners, the first in the history of our city, was elected at the May elec tion, 1907, Lynn Wilder for the six years term, Ly A. Mahler for the four years term and James A. Briggs for the two years term. As provided by law, the mayor on the seventh day of September, 1907, administered the oath of office, and the Board at once organized. Lynn Wilder, by virtue of his election for the six years term, was chairman of the board and Jas. A. Briggs was elected secretary. Many meetings were held and rules and regulations of a number of cities were carefully examined, and as a result, on the seventh day of Novem ber, 1907, we adopted rules and regulations to govern the police department; suitable blanks were adopted. books were opened and the work of the department thoroughly systematized. The board, by consent of the Board of Aldermen, contracted for a system of electric patrol, horse, wagon, and the necessary supplies to fully equip the system. We have a central station in the police station and fifteen signal boxes in the various precincts. The patrol system was contracted for at a cost of five thousand dollars, payable in four equal annual installments, without interest. The other equipment neces sary to complete the system cost ten hundred and eighty . dollars and ninety cents. , The Board of Aldermen had decided on the first day of July, 1907, to elect four additional patrolmen at an annual cost of. seven hundred and eighty' dollars each. For four years their salaries would have amounted to twelve thousand and eighty dollars. Complying with our request, they did not elect these officers but placed their election In our hands. We elected to begin May first, 1908, one patrol driver, at a salary of seven hundred and eighty dollars per annum and a wngon officer at the same salary. These-two are on duty day and night, and. sleep , at the wagon barn and are subject to call duty all the time. Thus you will see that we saved by not electing two of those whom it. had been decided to elect, the sum of $fi,240.00 for the four years, and the amount saved by not electing the other two until the patrol system was Installed on May 1st. 1908, the salaries of each for ten months (July 1st, 1907, to May 1st, 190S), amounting to $1,300.00. Add this amount to the $6,240.00 and we have a total of $7,540.00; deduct the cost of the entire patrol system and equipment, $6,080.99 from $7,540.00 and we have a margin of $1,159.01 for Incidentals for the four years or until the system shall all have been paid for. We are much pleased with the operation of the electric patrol system. By It the officers never come to the system house to report, and are kept patrotlng their divisions all the time and are always closely connect ed with the central station so they can be communicated with while-oil duty from some signal box , every few minutes. The system gives treat protection to our citizens at all times, as under Its workings a call wn ,bn sent to the central' station at 'any time during the day or night, and the patrol wagon with the wagon offloef . (Continued, on Page glgUt,)' .