Shattered Lives Radio Host Donna R. Gore did some research back in 2012 for her story The First, the Proud and the Many:The Connecticut State Police
Back in the late 1880s, and early 1900’s, police were occupied with the matters of prohibition, the vice squad, and labor disputes. Such areas of concern were frequently ignored due to political influence or local officers “being on the take.” Public protest spawned a new breed of law enforcement known as” State Police Forces.”
The history of the first state police organization is rich and filled with interesting information, much of it linked in the above article.
Shattered Lives will take listeners a step further in relaying some of the history of the organization which started with only a handful of officers to over 1400 on staff today.
Jerry Longo is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association Museum and Educational Center located in Meriden, CT. The museum displays the rich history of the Connecticut State Police through photographs, displays and video and has become a center of learning for the public. The all volunteer staff guides visitors through the museum.
The Museum is located at the Leo J. Mulcahy Complex, 294 Colony Street, Meriden, CT and is open to the public Friday from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm and Saturday from Noon to 4:00 pm. Call 203.440.3858 for appointments and tour information.
Longo is the author of the book Images of America: Connecticut State Police published in 2013 by Arcadia Publishing.
Retired sergeant Jerry Longo oversees the Connecticut State Police Museum and Educational Center as chairman. He is the president of the Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association, a director of the Connecticut State Police Academy Educational Foundation, and is the intelligence officer for an international group. Sergeant Longo instructs history at the Connecticut State Police Academy. He is currently a senior investigator with the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Commission at the Mohegan Sun Casino.
‘Tis a far cry from the “days of old” when their sworn duties included raiding a still, searching for a bootlegger or arresting a neighbor for stealing a cow.