The History of Genesee County, MI
Chapter XXIX
Police Department

Online Edition by Holice, Deb & Clayton



The police department in 1916 includes a chief, captain, three sergeants and thirty-nine patrolmen. The department has all motor equipment. It has a flashlight signal and call box system combined, which, with lines under construction in 1916, will give complete protection to all quarters of the city. Plans are under consideration in 1916 for the construction of a new municipal building to provide room for a new police headquarters, city jail and two police courts. 


The department for 1916 includes:

J. P. Cole, Chief

A. J. Suff, Captain

A. H. Gilbert, Sergeant

T. L. MacLean, Sergeant

John Buckley, Sergeant

F. E. Jewell

Wallace Sayre

E. e. Robertson

F. A. Klann

S. E. Best

C. R. Hatch

William Bates

Leroy White

Verne Peltier

William H. Buckler

Frank Moore

Theo. John

Loran D. English

Victor J. Frielink

Guy Welch

Ivy Pelton

George Macomber

John Derring

Lee English

Roy E. Page

William Cornford

H. L. Smithers

Anthony Zacharias

James Hutchinson

Charles Jenkins

Charles M. Thornton

Anthony Puskas

Romanus Stull

David Boshart

Verne Brown

Arthur Gladden

George A. La Clair

John Setterington

George H. Iames


Another well-organized city department is the board of health. This department has a paid supervisor of the public health, a municipal nurse who makes a specialty of caring for tuberculosis cases, two sanitary inspectors, and has also supervision of the plumbing and dairy and food inspectors. That this department is doing effective work is shown by the 1915 Michigan vital statistics record, which gives the death rate of Flint as 10.5 per one thousand of population, while the rate for the entire state for the year was 3.3 per one thousand of population.


History of Genesee County, Michigan, Her People, Industries and Institutions
by Edwin O. Wood, LL.D, President Michigan Historical Commission, 1916

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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