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Prior to the establishment of a police department in 1925, Darien experienced the type of “lawlessness” typically found in a community of 5,000 residents. Occasional burglaries, misconduct, and disputes between neighbors comprised Darien’s “crime.” Order was maintained by elected constables, with fines levied by justices of the peace.

Much of this changed in April 1924 when a lone gunman murdered 20 year old Herbert May, a grocery clerk, as he worked in the A&P Store on Railroad Ave. – now known as Tokeneke Rd. By that October, a citizens' committee had made recommendations for the creation of a police department. In April 1925 a Special Act of the Connecticut Legislature created the three member Darien Police Commission and authorized the formation of the Darien Police Department. The Legislature required the three police commissioners to be appointed by a majority vote of a Committee consisting of the First Selectman, the Chairman of the Board of Finance, and the Chairman of the Board of Assessors on or before July 1, 1925.

This Committee appointed Dr. Howard Stout Nielsen, Francis R. Holmes, and Chauncey D. Tyler as Darien’s first three police commissioners. At the first meeting of the Police Commission held on May 28, 1925 at the office of Dr. Nielsen, motions were entertained and passed resulting in Dr. Nielsen becoming the first Chairman of the Darien Police Commission and Mr. Holmes being appointed secretary. The new Commission immediately set about putting together the necessary budget to form a police department.

In June 1925, during the most heavily attended Town meeting in Darien history the first police budget was approved, authorizing the hiring of a chief of police and six patrolman. Subsequently, Sgt. Harry C. Smith of the Stamford Police Department was appointed Darien’s first Chief of Police. Edward A. Tinker of Darien was hired as the new department’s first patrol officer, wearing shield #1. Tinker would later become Darien’s second Chief of Police.

The three member configuration of the Darien Police Commission endures today, with appointed members serving three-year overlapping terms. The current members of the Commission are J. Paul Johnson, Chairman; Robert F. Harrel, Secretary; and Kim Huffard, Member.

Meeting Agendas
2014 Regular and Special Meetings
Date Type
12-17-2014   
12-03-2014   
11-19-2014   
11-05-2014   
10-15-2014   
10-01-2014   
09-17-2014   
09-03-2014   
08-20-2014   
08-06-2014   
07-16-2014   
07-02-2014   
06-18-2014   
06-04-2014   
05-21-2014   
05-07-2014   
04-16-2014 Agenda |  
04-02-2014
CANCELLED
03-19-2014 Agenda | Minutes
03-05-2014 Agenda | Minutes
02-19-2014
CANCELLED
02-06-2014 Agenda | Minutes
02-05-2014
CANCELLED
01-15-2014 Agenda | Minutes
01-02-2014 Agenda | Minutes
01-02-2014 Agenda | Minutes
01-02-2014
CANCELLED
2013 Regular and Special Meetings
Date Type
12-18-2013
CANCELLED
12-04-2013
CANCELLED
12-04-2013 Agenda | Minutes
11-20-2013
CANCELLED
11-14-2013 Agenda | Minutes
11-14-2013 Agenda | Minutes
11-13-2013 Agenda | Minutes
11-06-2013
CANCELLED
10-16-2013
CANCELLED
10-16-2013
CANCELLED
10-09-2013 Agenda | Minutes
10-02-2013
CANCELLED
09-18-2013 Agenda | Minutes
09-04-2013
CANCELLED
08-21-2013
CANCELLED
08-21-2013 Agenda | Minutes
08-07-2013
CANCELLED
07-17-2013 Agenda | Minutes
07-03-2013
CANCELLED
06-19-2013 Agenda | Minutes
06-05-2013
CANCELLED
05-15-2013 Agenda | Minutes
05-01-2013
CANCELLED
04-17-2013 Agenda | Minutes
04-03-2013 Agenda | Minutes
03-20-2013
CANCELLED
03-13-2013 Agenda | Minutes
02-13-2013 Agenda | Minutes
01-23-2013 Agenda | Minutes
01-09-2013 Agenda | Minutes
2012 Regular and Special Meetings
Date Type
12-19-2012
CANCELLED
12-12-2012 Agenda |  
12-05-2012
CANCELLED
11-21-2012
CANCELLED
11-20-2012 Agenda | Minutes
11-07-2012
CANCELLED
10-24-2012 Agenda | Minutes
10-17-2012
CANCELLED
09-26-2012 Agenda | Minutes
09-19-2012
CANCELLED
09-05-2012 Agenda | Minutes
08-14-2012 Agenda | Minutes
08-01-2012
CANCELLED
07-18-2012 Agenda | Minutes
07-05-2012
CANCELLED
06-27-2012 Agenda | Minutes
06-06-2012
CANCELLED
05-23-2012 Agenda | Minutes
05-16-2012
CANCELLED
05-02-2012 Agenda | Minutes
04-18-2012
CANCELLED
04-04-2012 Agenda | Minutes
03-21-2012 Agenda | Minutes
03-07-2012
CANCELLED
02-15-2012
CANCELLED
02-08-2012 Agenda | Minutes
01-18-2012 Agenda | Minutes
01-04-2012 Agenda | Minutes
2011 Regular and Special Meetings
Date Type
12-21-2011   
12-07-2011
CANCELLED
11-16-2011   
11-02-2011
CANCELLED
10-19-2011   
10-19-2011   
10-19-2011   
10-19-2011
CANCELLED
10-19-2011   
10-05-2011
CANCELLED
09-21-2011   
08-17-2011   
08-03-2011
CANCELLED
07-20-2011
CANCELLED
07-19-2011   
07-19-2011   
07-06-2011
CANCELLED
06-15-2011 Agenda |  
06-01-2011   
05-25-2011   
05-04-2011
CANCELLED
04-20-2011   
04-07-2011 Agenda | Minutes
04-06-2011
CANCELLED
03-16-2011 Agenda | Minutes
03-02-2011 Agenda | Minutes
02-14-2011
CANCELLED
02-03-2011 Agenda | Minutes
01-19-2011 Agenda | Minutes
01-05-2011 Agenda | Minutes

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