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he Connecticut State Police Department was created in 1903 to preserve the peace, arrest convicting offenders, and stay alert to liquor and gambling violations, especially those on Sundays. The birth of the department came at time when temperance leagues began forming across the country. Connecticut State Police is an account of a department and its rise to battle, among other things, “demon rum.” Today, troopers cover approximately half of the towns in the state of Connecticut and all of its highways. The CSP became successful and developed a reputation among the law enforcement community as one of the best in the nation. Connecticut state police grew in their responsibilities and expectations, taking on the duties of fire marshal, motor vehicle testing, and dozens of other important and influential agency tasks. This collection of photographs covers the many people, events, and tragedies that have shaped this respected department.
About the Author
Retired sergeant Jerry Longo oversees the Connecticut State Police Museum and Educational Center as chairman. He is the president of the Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association, a director of the Connecticut State Police Academy Educational Foundation, and is the intelligence officer for an international group. Sergeant Longo instructs history at the Connecticut State Police Academy. He is currently a senior investigator with the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Commission at the Mohegan Sun Casino.
Table of Contents
1 The Beginning: 1903-1919 9
2 The Roaring Twenties: 1920-1929 23
3 The Great Depression: 1929-1939 37
4 The Impact of War: The 1940s 57
5 A Country on the Move: The 1950s 75
6 Civil Unrest and Technology: The 1960s 93
7 More Technology: The 1970s and Early 1980s 111
About the Connecticut State Police Alumni Association 127