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The Stamford Historical Society Presents

Law & Order: The History of the Stamford Police Department 1830-1956
a 2004 Exhibit and more

The Police Department As It Was And As It Is, 1894-1917
Chief of Police Wm. H. Brennan
Police Sergeants
Bureau of Dectives
Members of the Department
Mrs. Seraphina Klahre
Police Pension Fund


Issued on the Occasion of the
of the Stamford, Conn., Police Force
Monday, April Nine, Nineteen Seventeen
For the Benefit of the Pension Fund

Marcus Research Library

Police Sergeants

Sergeant William Nevins 1917Sergeant William F. Nevins was appointed patrolman by Warden Charles H. Leeds, July 10, 1893, when Stamford had the borough form of government. On May 14, 1894, he was reappointed by Mayor Charles H. Leeds. He was appointed sergeant of police, August 14, 1905, by Mayor Homer S. Cummings.

Sergeant Nevins is the veteran of the police force and about his career as policeman could be written pages of stirring exploits. A more daring policeman never wore uniform. Many of the important arrests in the police department were credited to Mr. Nevins. He wears today as a memento of one a handsome watch presented him by the Stamford National Bank in recognition of his service in the arrest of Louis Vaneskefski, March 3, 1902, after the latter had short-changed the cashier of the bank out of $210.

Sergeant Nevins was born in Stamford, June 9,1859.

Sergeant Walter Williams 1917Sergeant Walter P. Williams is also a native of Stamford. He was born January 23, 1869. He was appointed patrolman, April 24, 1899, and was assigned to duty at headquarters. He has been a headquarters man ever since. having been appointed sergeant of police, August 14, 1905, by Mayor Cummings. In the old days the headquarters or houseman had considerable police duty to perform, apart from keeping the records. Before he was relieved of this sort of work, Sergeant Williams made a number of important arrests, notably that of Herbert O. Taylor, a man who had stolen diamonds of considerable value in Englewood, N. J.

Sergeant Michael Greaney 1917Sergeant Michael Greaney became a patrolman September 1, 1905, having been appointed by Mayor Cummings. He was advanced to the post of sergeant, December 22, 1913. Sergeant Greaney was Mayor Austin's appointee and the mayor had the satisfaction of casting the vote that gave him the place, the councilmanic vote on confirmation having been tie. Mayor Austin's confidence in Sergeant Greaney was well placed. He has proved himself worthy in every way of the appointment and is a credit to the department. Sergeant Greaney was born in Ireland, February 3, 1867.

Introduction to the Exhibit
History of the Stamford Police Department
Annotated Timeline
The Political Life of a Connecticut Town 1868-1893
Police Department 1909 (The Daily Advocate)
The Police Department As It Was And As It Is 1894-1917
A History of the Stamford Police Department, April 1946
List of Constables 1865-1892
Police Roster 1894-1917
Staff images as of 1917
Police Roster 1953
Police Committees 1830-1956
Testimonial Dinner & Dance 1970 for Alexander J. Koproski, Sr.
Police Anchor Club Brochures
Police Department Website
Fallen Heroes Memorial Page
Stamford Police Association