Is there a list of police officers in New York City in the 1800s?


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There are many different websites that list notable New York City police officers from the 1800s and offer information about the history of the New York City Police Department, but there is not a complete list of all officers from that time. TheOfficer Down Memorial Page provides all officers killed while on duty, and the website of theCity of New York offers a section dedicated to the history of theNYPD.

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The NewYorkCity government page provides emergency numbersand a list of precincts by area, such as Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. The website provides crime statistics, an interactive crime map and a memorial section with a list of all the men and women who were killed during service.

The Officer Down Memorial Page is dedicated to officers who were killed while on duty, listing an updated record of every fallen member of the NYPD. The earliest record is from 1806, whichlists watchman Christian Luswanger as being stabbed to death. Other records from the 1800s list officers including patrolman William Helms as killed by a structure collapse in 1849, Sergeant Michael Foster as stabbed in 1851 and patrolman Edward L. Burns askilled during an assault in 1873.

The NYPD was established with municipal police in 1845, which replaced the original night watch system.

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