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A screen shot from N.Y. police parade, June 1st, 1899

Watch the New York Police parade on June 1, 1899

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New York City Police Parade
June 1, 1899

On June 1, 1899, a cameraman filmed New York City police officers marching through the city's streets during their annual parade. The parade was a celebration of the officers and their hard work dealing with crime in the growing metropolis. At the turn of the 20th century, the city was growing rapidly, and New York's police department had to grow to match the surging population.
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VIDEO CREDIT: Edison, Thomas. “New York Police Parade,” 1899. Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress. Call number LC 1738.