The Best Predictor of Our Future is a Respect for History: Lessons from the Connecticut State Police

“There are no extraordinary men… just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.”   

William Halsey 


State Police, Shattered Lives Radio, Donna R. Gore

Wool uniforms worn year ‘round, thirty hour work shifts, separation from family…all facts of life when working for the Connecticut State Police in the Victorian era.   Prior to the birth of the State Police force, the  all consuming matters of prohibition, the vice squad, labor disputes and “who stole Mrs. O’Leary’s  cow” were handled by an under resourced and frequently corrupt sheriff’s department.

What drove such men to this life of dedication and sacrifice?  If it were not for     “a few good men who cared,” the remnants of history would have been lost forever. The Connecticut State Police Museum  was authorized and created in __ and was the brainchild of former Sargent Jerry Longo.

The Museum serves as an education center, genealogical resource, an academic repository and an inspiration for youngsters and elders alike!    Years later, this rich history was captured in print as well, meticulously documented by Sargent Longo.

Shattered Lives Radio  took a stroll down memory lane with Jerry to learn more of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the premier State Police force in the county.




Questions At “Roll Call”

  • What was the impetus for a State police force, anyway?
  • The State Police Force came  in second to what other important need?
  • What kinds of new duties were common for the police in 1903?
  • What agency played a pivotal role at Sandy Hook who was not publically  recognized?
  • How did the public distinguish regular vehicles from the police in the 1920s?
  • Who attended the Hartford Circus Fire that helped mobilize the response?
  • What were the barriers to the start of the museum?
  • How much did the lease cost for the building?
  • What were the circumstances of Amelia Earhart’s ties of Connecticut and getting stopped by the police?
  • Why are there only a few police museums across the country?
  • What was the “surprise” that Dr. Henry C. Lee needed years ago from Jerry?
  • What is the difference between the various police jurisdictions?
  • Why do sheriff departments exist?
  • What were the trails and tribulations  encountered by publishing Jerry’s book?
  • Who was the female “Secret Agent” that Jerry discovered?

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The Best Predictor of Our Future is a Respect for History:

Lessons from the Connecticut State Police

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