Washington DC Police History – Honor a Fallen DC Officer
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has been serving the District of Columbia for over 150 years. Over the years, the MPD has grown in size. It has also seen a growth in diversity. The department has grown so much over the years.The Washington DC police history goes far back to the 1700s. The MPD was officiated in 1802. this is when the original charter for Washington was approved. This is when police authority was centralized and power was granted to the city itself. They established patrols and imposed fines. Until the creation of the Metropolitan Police Department in 1861, the city had only an auxiliary watch with one captain and 15 policemen. Honor a Fallen DC Officer by learning about their story below.
Fallen Officers – 1800s
Click each MPDC officer below to see newspaper accounts of the circumstances of their passing. Articles include officers killed in the line of duty, some of them Medal of Valor recipients, and are largely from Washington Post newspaper articles. This information has been compiled to bring attention to our rich police history. The legacy of our officers’ heroism, sacrifice, professionalism and dedication should instill a sense of pride in ball who wear the badge. We honor these outstanding individuals who will live on as long as they are remembered. It is our duty to remember.
The Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Washington, DC Police Memorial & Museum would like to express its gratitude to Dave Richardson MPD/Ret. for compiling this research.
Frederick M. Passau - 1899
End of Watch: May 17, 1899
Rank: Sergeant Badge No. 235
Age: 42 Years of Service: 11
Location of Death: 2 Fowlers Hill (2D)
Duty Assignment: Seventh Precinct
Junius B. Slack - 1891
End of Watch: November 27, 1891
Rank: Mounted Officer, Badge No. 127
Age: 44 Years of Service: 11
Location of Death: Mount Pleasant Area
Duty Assignment: Eighth Precinct
Adolphus Constantine - 1891
End of Watch: September 10, 1891
Rank: Officer Badge No. 41
Age: 38 Years of Service: 6 years, 8 months
Location of Death: Potomac River
Duty Assignment: River Patrol Force (Harbor Patrol)
Americus N. Crippen - 1889
End of Watch: November 5, 1889
Rank: Officer Badge No. 145
Age: 48 Years of Service: 10 months
Location of Death: 11th Street & Q Street, NW
Duty Assignment: Second Precinct
John H. Fowler - 1884
End of Watch: September 9, 1884
Rank: Officer Badge No. 23
Age: 42 Years of Service: N/A
Location of Death: First and E Streets, NE
Duty Assignment: First Precinct
Francis M. Doyle - 1871
End of Watch: December 29, 1871
Rank: Officer Badge No. 48
Age: 38 Years of Service: 5 years
Location of Death: 329 Maryland Avenue, SW
Duty Assignment: First Precinct
Rest easy, sleep well my brother. Know the blue line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well. Others have taken up where you fell. The blue line has held.
Peace, peace and farewell….
— Author unknown.
(“blue” added to the original)
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