The Day by Day History of the
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.
By the time this parade
took place, the department had hired its first woman officers
and had opened up to ethnic minorities. Have you ever been to
New York? You probably know that it's America's largest city and
one of the world's biggest cities. Even back in 1899, when
women wore long skirts, men wore hats whenever they went
outdoors, and horses were the main method of transportation, New
York was made up of people from all over the world.
than most cities, police in New York have needed to be able to
speak lots of languages and work with many different kinds of
people. Do police in your city ever ride horses? Do they speak
more than one language? Serving the public in New York has for
many years meant serving a diverse population.