The Short-lived First Police Headquarters in the Street
Journeys into Maywood
Many a community has grappled with getting police “back on the streets”.
In Maywood that never was a problem. In fact, in Maywood’s earliest days was in the street – literally.
As the attached photo shows, the first police headquarters was in a kiosk located in the middle of the intersection of Passaic Street and Maywood Avenue (Again, not at the intersection but IN the intersection).
According to local history books, the Maywood Police Department was officially formed in 1925. Before that time the community was protected by marshals approved of by the Mayor and Council.
The force started with 3 hired officers to protect a community of 1,000.
It operated from this small booth pictured here.
However, that booth did not last very long (see the other picture).
During a winter storm in 1926 a fire truck slid into the kiosk and knocked it ver.
After that, the police department relocated to the municipal building at 15 Park Avenue
History Source: Maywood, The Borough, The Railroad and The Station, by Edward S, Kaminski, 2010, Acadia Publishing
Photo Credits: Maywood – A Town for All Season Celebrates It First One Hundred Years (Maywood Centennial Journal); 1994; Published by the Maywood Celebration Committee; Maywood, The Borough, The Railroad, and The Station, by Edward S. Kaminski, Acadia Publishing, 2010
History and Photographs Acknowledgement, Credit and Thanks: Patrick J. Reynolds from Maywood, The Borough, The Railroad and The Station, by Edward S, Kaminski, 2010, Acadia Publishing