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City Document. — No. 2.
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L. B. & O. E. WESTON, PRINTERS, GUILD ROW.
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In Board of Aldermen, January 14, 1861.
Laid upon the table, and five hundred copies ordered to be printed
for the use of the City Council.
JOSEPH W. TUCKER, City Clerk.
To the Mayor and Aldei^men
of the City of Roxhury :
Gentlemen, — I herewith submit the following in rela-
tion to the Police Department, and its labors, during the
year 1860, viz. :
There have been 1486 arrests in all. 62 of these were
for oflFences committed without the city, leaving 1424
arrests in the city alone j being an increase over the pre-
vious year of 306.
The 1486 arrests were disposed of as follows, viz:
Discharged without complaint, .... 755
Fined and paid, ...... 214
Sentenced to the House of Correction, . . . 155
Committed for non-payment of line, . . . . 89
Discharged by Court, ...... 86
Put on probation, ...... 39
Fined and put under bonds, ..... 34
Bound over to a higher court, . , . . 32
Sentenced to the Truant School, .... 26
Committed for want of bail, .... 16
Appealed, ....... 12
Sentence postponed, ...... 12
Put under bonds to keep the peace, .... 6
Examination postponed, ..... 4
Placed on file, ...... 2
Allowed to leave the State, ..... 2
Committed to the Almshouse, .... 2
CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 2
The causes of arrest were as follows, viz
Assault and battery,
Disturbing the peace, .
Violation of the Sunday law.
Violation of City ordinances.
Breaking and entering,
Threatening bodily harm,
Assault on officers.
Stealing a ride.
Violation of the liquor law.
Disturbing public schools.
Fugitives from justice.
Raising a false alarm of fire.
Receiving stolen goods,
Obstructing horse cars.
Obtaining goods by false pretences,
Contempt of Court,
Card playing, .
Assault with intent to kill.
Discharging fii'e- crackers,
Violation of Saturday night law.
CITY MARSHAL'S REPORT.
Assault with intent to commit a rape,
yhop breaking, .....
Assault with a dog, .....
Horse stealing, .....
Common nuisance, .....
Cruelty to a horse, .....
Fast driving, .....
Of the 1486 arrests, 1151 were foreign born ; and of the
remainder, 108 were born in Roxbury. 255 were minors;
1262 were males, and 224 were females.
1039 persons have been provided during the past year
with lodgings in the Lock-iip. Of these, 775 were foreign-
ers ; 966 were males, 73 females.
The expenses of the Police Department for the year
1860, liave been about $16,962.19; being an increase over
tlie year previous of $639.37.
About $1313 have been expended for Sunday Police,
for extra services of the Regular Police, and for Special
I have received for services and fees $107.10; and paid
out for services rendered in arresting and securing prison-
ers, conveyance of prisoners, &c., $153.91.
Owing to a change in the law in relation to fees of Offi-
cers, and the law in relation to Drunkenness, the fees will
fall much short of the year previous; that of Drunkenness
alone will make a deduction of $555.
The evils of intemperance still exist in our city, and it
is very much to be regretted that some more^ practical
means than the present Liquor Law may not be devised
to meet them.
The past year in our city has been comparatively free
from burglaries and incendiary fires, while all around us
they have been of frequent occurrence; upwards of 170
fires outside of the city have been seen by the Watchmen.
6 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 2.
578 cases of Truancy have been reported to the Police
Office, by the several teachers in whose schools truancy
exists. The number of truant cases, does not mean the
number of truant boys ; for one boy may be a truant many
times, and each time that he is reported by the teacher is
recorded as a single case of truancy. But that there are
many boys in our city, who, according to the language of
the Statute in relation to truancy, " are growing up in
ignorance," is a melancholy fact, which cannot escape the
observation of those who are at all conversant of what is
going on around us. Wisdom, justice and humanity, each
and all, demand that our city shall avail itself of all proper
means within its reach, to remedy this evil as far as possible.
The burying of dogs, and other animals, comes under
the direction of the Police; — and it gives me great pleas-
ure to say, that the Canine Undertaker " still lives,"
though he has often had both feet in the grave of many
a luckless dog. And to their final resting place, he has
committed the remains of 724 dogs, 869 cats, 63 hogs, 14
goats, and 2 skunks; making 1672 bodies in all.
The labors of the Police during the past year have very
much increased, without a corresponding increase of ex-
pense. A fact which goes to show an increased efficiency
in the Department, which was never in better working
order than at the present time ; — the men being prompt,
energetic, and faithful and gentlemanly in their behavior
towards all citizens ; and, as far as I am able to judge, in
all the qualities which constitute good Policemen, they are
second to none.
My thanks are due to them for their faithfulness and
willingness in aiding me in the discharge of my own duties.
So, also, would I thank all with whom I have been official-
ly connected, who have given me their confidence, or ex-
tended their courtesy.
BEN J. MERIAM, City Marshal.
Roxhury, Jan., 1861.