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Lynn Police Department

The first record of a constabulary in Lynn is a reference to a 1636 drunkard, John Markes, who was arrested and put in stocks under an oak tree on the Common.   The records of 1643 describe a “watch” being established to be certain that the residents of the town were rising and going to bed at appropriate hours. One hour before dawn two men would begin walking from the east and west ends of town, continuously blowing horns to waken the citizens. If there was no sign of life in any house, the residents were reported.

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