Sergeant Doug Dickey became the department's historian of sorts, reaching out to about two dozen former and current police officers to uncover the department's rich history before it was forever lost.
He says back when the department was founded in 1841 the citizens were very much involved in catching criminals.
When it became necessary to take action against somebody that's when the Marshall would be called in. He's the one that would take a person and arrest them and bring them before the judge. If somebody discovered that something was stolen from their property they might know who it was they would go get the Marshall and the Marshall would say 'Alright grab your gun,' let's go get 'em."
Back then, police officers were elected by the city council and it was common for officers to serve only for a few years depending on how the political winds changed.
It wasn't until 1956 that all that changed when Carthage adopted the merit system. At the same time the City Marshall became the Police Chief.
To read more about the Carthage Police Department's complete history, you can purchase the book at the Powers Museum.
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