Department History

Hopkinton Police Department History
(A work in progress)

The photos displayed are a collection of some of those gathered so far.  Thanks to all who have provided them.  A special thanks to Dick Bartlett who has been photographing the community for decades.  Considerable research information provided by Rick MacMillan (Hopkinton Fire Chief - Ret)

Chief Of Police

Thomas J. Elliot   1898  
Matthew A. Conlan    
Edward V. McManus 1927 - 1945  
John A. Hilditch 1946 - 1949 image2
Charles O. Garrison 1950  
Aurthur L. Chesmore 1950 (Acting)  
John A. Hilditch 1951 image2
Charles O. Garrison 1952 - ?  
 Francis X. Bowker 1957 - 1987 image5
William J. McRobert 1988 - 1999 image1
Thomas R. Irvin 1999 - 2010 image3
Richard A. Flannery 2010 - 2013 image4
Charles F. Wallace 2013 - 2014  
Edward Lee 2014 - 2019 image6
Joseph Bennett 2019-Present Chief

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Chief Bill McRobert
Harry Carver
Photo donated by Doris Carver
Taken by Richard Bartlett

Officer Hank Fredette - Lucky - Chief Bowker

Lucky and Hank


Officer Leo Touzjian

Cruisers and Other Transportation

Photo by Dick Bartlett

Photo by Dick Bartlett
This photo shows Patrolman Frank Kaminski and a station wagon cruiser. Station wagons were used as cruisers so that patients could be loaded into the back and rushed to the hospital. This photo was taken in 1963 by Dick Bartlett. The background is the fire station which also served as the police station. The building still stands as part of the expanded fire station.

Photo by Dick Bartlett
This cruiser displays the classic "bubble gum machine" light on top. The home in the back sits on the land that the current police station stands.

Patrolman Thomas Griffin, c. 1979

Photo by Dick Bartlett
The classic LTD body cruiser of the late 1970's to early 1990's.

Photo by Dick Bartlett

Photo by Dick Bartlett

Hopkinton Green

The evolution of the police cruiser has been advanced by technology.  The mechanical improvements in automobiles are well known to most people.  Inside the cruisers of the past you would likely find a radio and a first aid kit.  Now they are packed with electronics including radar, video cameras, computers and much more.