Police and Public Safety

February 14, 1851

Here is an item from the Annual Report of the Police Department of the City of Boston, January, 1851.  “Its facts and statistics are admonitory and instructive, and the suggestions of the Marshal worthy of consideration, especially in regard to the prevention of crime.  ‘Some persons think’, he says,’that increasing the Police would remedy this evil (vagrant children about the streets).  They can do nothing more than to arrest them and carry them before the Courts.’  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”