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1890 – 1920
Fall River Police Baseball Team This is a photo of the FRPD baseball team around 1907. The players are unidentified as yet.
Police Dept Issued Equipment This photo shows a police billy, call box key, and small revolver all of which are FRPD issued of the time period.
Police Claws These are two examples of police claws of the time period. The chain claw was wrapped around the subjects wrist and the officer would only have to twist slightly to cause the subject to submit. The second claw was placed over a joint such as a wrist, elbow, or ankle. The handle need only be turned slightly to cause it to close on the joint and the subject usually stopped fighting. These items have not been carried for approximately twenty years in our department but they are still use in some others.
Police Handcuffs These are FRPD handcuffs of the late 1800's-early 1900's. These handcuffs may have been used on Lizzie Borden
1st Traffic Stand This traffic stand was designed and patented by a Fall River resident during the dawn of the automobile era. It was used here in Fall River and by many other PD's across the USA.
FRPD Parade Detail 1890 This picture was taken of the men outside the front entrance of the Bank St Armory, Bank St.
FRPD Uniform Division Muster This was a picture of what is believe to be the entire Uniform Division (excluding those working) in the year 1920. It was taken at upper South Park now known as Kennedy Park.
Board of Police 1910 This is a picture of the Honorable Board of Police in the year 1910. These men had the power of a Police God back then.
First Patrol Officer This is a picture of the first Fall River Patrolman. It was taken from a newspaper photo.
FR Police marching in Boston This is a picture of a Fall River Parade Detail that was sent to march in Boston in the year 1929. Notice the State House in the background.
Officers outside St Mary's Cathedral These Officers are gathered outside of St Mary's Cathedral on Spring St for a parade in the year 1935. As you can tell by now Fall River loves a Parade.
Fall River Police Station 1800's This is a picture of our first police station as described in the history section. It was located on the corner of Court and Purchase Sts
Prohibition Squad 1929 The men of the Prohibition Squad posing for a picture. This unit was form during the Alcohol Prohibition Era to control illegal alcohol sales and manufacturing.

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