Stamford Historical Society Presents
Law & Order: The
History of the Stamford Police Department 1830-1956
a 2004 Exhibit and more
OF THE STAMFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT
the Occasion of the
FIRST GRAND BALL
of the Stamford, Conn., Police Force
Monday, April Nine, Nineteen Seventeen
For the Benefit of the Pension Fund
Bureau of Detectives
Assignment of a patrolman to detective work was one of the first steps
taken by Chief of Police Brennan to improve the police service. Shortly after
he had been appointed, Chief Brennan assigned Patrolman James J. Heffernan
to this work. Mr. Heffernan has been doing detective work ever since.
Mr. Heffernan's appointment as patrolman was confirmed by the Common
Council, November 11, 1895. He had been doing police duty, however, since
October 16 of that year. He was assigned to work at police headquarters.
In June, 1909, a charter amendment creating the office of detective-sergeant
became effective and, on June 28. Patrolman Heffernan was appointed detective-sergeant.
Mr. Heffernan from the outset of his career as policeman displayed aptitude
for investigations that require care, patience and intelligence, as well
as personal bravery. One of his early achievements was the capture, on
May 17, 1898, of Josiah J. White, an elderly man who escaped from Raymond
Street jail, Brooklyn, where he had been confined for refusing to turn
over to the public administrator securities amounting to $60,000 and belonging
to the estate of his deceased wife. He had been removed as administrator.
Mr. Heffernan found in his possession papers that helped untangle a very
snarled matter. For this arrest, Mr. Heffernan received from Sheriff Creamer
of King's County, a set of handcuffs which he prizes very highly. Mr. Heffernan
was born in Stamford, August 1, 1865.
Detective Sergeant Thomas Foley was appointed patrolman, June 22, 1896.
He was assigned to detective work in October, 1907, and was appointed detective-sergeant,
July 14, 1913. Sergeant Foley had many stirring encounters with law-breakers.
He was publicly commended from the bench, by Judge N. C. Downs, November
6, 1899, for bravery in the discharge of his duty. Mr. Foley was born in
Greenwich, November 27, 1861.
Sergeant Foley is also the city dog warden, having been appointed to the
position in 1907. It is his duty as such to take and dispose of unlicensed
and stray dogs. The city is allowed a fee for every dog disposed of and
this goes into the police pension fund. Detective-Sergeant Foley has collected
$4,610 for the fund, since he became dog warden.
The equipment of the detective bureau includes a rogues' gallery with upwards
of 500 pictures in it, devices for taking finger-prints and for taking
the measurements and weight of criminals. Sergeant Foley has charge of
the finger-print work and he has become expert in it. Every person bound
over or arrested for serious crime is photographed and finger-prints of
such persons are taken.