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Nineteenth Century Constabulary Police - How Did The System Work?
Andrea Matthews
Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 2:24 PM
Joined: 6/8/2013
Posts: 25

I have the idea for a historical mystery set on Long Island, New York in the latter part of the nineteenth century/early twentieth (say 1898 to 1903).  I've been able to find out that the police department there at that time consisted of a constabulary, but I'm not quite sure how that worked.  My big question is who would handle a murder?  Would it be the constable or the sheriff?  How would they go about investigating, and who would handle it?  I know it's a lot of questions, but I've just started investigating it, so any help will be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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