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June 23, 1933: Ordinance Establishes Dover Township Police Department

Three municipal police officers and a population of 6,000.

An act of local government officially established the police force for the township, though it was just a formality so officers could receive the benefit of being in the State Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. Though there was certainly policing before, this ordinance created the department.

On June 23, 1933, the Township of Dover passed an ordinance establishing the Dover Township Police Department. The reason for the ordinance: it was necessary for the officers to be able to join the State Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, according to the police department's history.

The ordinance made it official. At the time Toms River was called Dover Township, and had a population of 6,000.

In 1933, the Dover Township Police Department consisted of three regular Officers: Jack Costa, Delmar Johnson and Donald Grover. Henry Dunham served as the Chairman of the Police Committee.

Valerie Beckett June 23, 2012 at 03:29 PM
So what are you reporting? Are we back to Dover Township Police or Toms River Township Police?
Martin June 23, 2012 at 05:31 PM
It's history -- 79 years ago today (and the current county sheriff was on duty!)
Catherine Galioto (Editor) June 23, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Valerie, welcome to our series Today in Toms River History. You can search the already published articles in the series to learn more about some days in the township's history, such as its founding, name change, storm events and more.
BeachGirl319 June 23, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Thanks for the interesting tidbit of local history
1stcav June 23, 2012 at 08:01 PM
The present Sheriff was on duty, but just a deputy then ! Back then he could qualify on the range, now he can't even load a pistol.
So Much to Say June 23, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Was it William L. Polhemus? LOL
A-Ball June 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM
They probably handled things better back then. Lol
Barry Fleckmann June 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Dover Township?? Where IS that?

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