Paths to the Present: Windsor Police Department |

Paths to the Present: Windsor Police Department

Caitlin Heusser
For Windsor Now

Officers Ed Heinze and Jeff Allen stand in front of their police car outside of Town Hall in 1953.

Ever since Windsor was incorporated as a town in 1890, it has been dutifully protected by a local lawman. A Police Magistrate and Town Marshall were the first positions charged with keeping order.

Over the years, the Windsor Police Department grew slowly but steadily, much like the town itself. Each additional position and advancement in equipment enabled the police department to better serve and protect the community.

In the early years, the night and day marshals conducted their rounds on foot. In fact, a local dog by the name of Nero accompanied marshal Jeff Allen on his nightly rounds. In honor of Nero's dedicated service, he was granted a lifetime dog license in 1940.

It wasn't until 1951 that a vehicle was purchased for police use. Two advancements later came in 1958, with the installation of seat belts and two-way radios.

To learn more about the Windsor police and fire departments, visit the Fire and Crime Exhibit at the Windsor Art & Heritage Center, 116 5th St., which runs through March 31. In this exciting exhibit, visitors can scour a crime scene and use forensic methods and their powers of deduction to solve a murder.

— Caitlin Heusser is the museum curator for the town of Windsor