Farmingdale Trivia Answer: Village Police

Answer to Thursday's trivia question.

asked what year the Village Police Department was founded and what year it merged with the Nassau County Police Department, in light of the recent passing of Edward Mangano's plan  - including the eighth which covers Farmingdale.

Congratulations to reader  who correctly guessed that in 1925 the Village established their police department and on January 1, 1942 they merged with NCPD.

According to the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society:

In 1925 the Village of Farmingdale established its own police department. The increase in auto traffic in the mid -1920s was a major  factor leading to the formation of police departments across Long Island around that time. Coincidentally, the Nassau County Police Department was established in that same year, 1925.

During the years 1925 to 1941, Chief of Police Arthur Powell reported directly to the village's mayor. The chief commanded a small staff of officers who patrolled the village on foot, by motorcycle, and patrol car. The police department officers were local residents, active in community life. They included Sgt. Alex Mayerhofer, John Bailey, Cliff Burhans, Frank Cerny, Robert Ketcham, Alonzo Platt, and Charles Squire. A number of these men became Nassau County Police Department officers on January 1, 1942 when the Village Police Department was merged into the NCPD.

In early 1932, the present Village Hall/ Fire House was dedicated. One original feature was  "the jail", a block of three cells, which was primarily a temporary detainment facility. After the merger with the NCPD in 1942, the jail became unnecessary and the space was used as a storage area for the next thirty-seven years. In 1979 this obsolete facility was razed when Village Hall was remodeled and enlarged.

Alex Mayerhofer, the last of of the former village police officers to leave NCPD service, is remembered especially fondly by a number of  Farmingdale residents who are now adults, as Officer Mayerhofer's last assignment was as crossing guard at Northside Elementary School. A school assembly in 1972 attended by children, parents, school staff, and NCPD precinct and headquarters commanders honored this beloved police officer on  his final day in uniform after nearly a half-century of village and NCPD service. 

In the 1920s and 30s, Farmingdale was much less interdependent with other areas of Long Island than today.. Residents for the most part attended school, worked, shopped, attended houses of worship and socialized within or near the community. The members of the Farmingdale Village Police Department served the Village extremely well during that less complex time.

Remember to come back to Patch on Thursday for our next installment of Farmingdale trivia.


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