Albion Interactive History / Organizations / Police Department

Albion Interactive History

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Police Department, 1885
    Reorganized 1981

Back at the turn of the century, there were only a few officers on the Albion police force. Much of the policing had to do with the drunks coming out of the saloons. With a population of only 5,000, Albion had 14 saloons. There were frequent fights, and drunks were often thrown out the front door, sometimes hitting passersby.

One officer, Frank “Mudhen” Hoyt, kept a wheelbarrow behind the police station on W. Cass St. When he came upon a drunk unable to walk, he’d ho to the station and get the wheelbarrow into which he’d load the intoxicant and take him to the city jail.

Police duties were managed by a city marshal until January, 1917, at which time a new system was instituted and a Chief of Police was installed as the head of the Albion Police Department.

Each officer had to supply his own uniform. This was official policy until 1949 when uniforms were supplied at no cost.

The police station was located on W. Cass St., just west of the fire station. Police calls were handled by a telephone operator a half ablock away, who would turn on certain red signal lights in downtown Albion. The patrolmen would see the lights and call the operator for instructions.

Police Department. Standing (L-R): Harry McAuliffe, E. M Sova, Mortan Callahan. Sitting: George A. Stoddard, chief of police.

Line-up in front of the Police Station, December 7, 1914.

1908 photo of officers Charles Riker and Frank Van Atta.

This 1909 photo shows the inside of the police station. City marshal Oscar H. Cooper is seated at his desk, with officers Ezra M. Sova and Frank “Mudhen” Hoyt (right).

Police force in 1913. Back row (L-R): S.M. Taylor, Albert Schwer, Ernest Winchell, Dick Wheeler. In front is Albion mayor Charles H. Burnett.

Albion Police Department, circa 1950. Back row (L-R): Charles Young, Rolland Kissinger, George Lewis, Jerome MacKlemayre, Ed Reichow. Front row: Larry Bearman, Chief Harry McAuliffe, Raymond Sovjak.

Source: Frank Passic. A Pictorial History of Albion, Michigan; From the Archives of the Albion Historical Society. Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation. 1991.