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Over the years, our gear, cruisers, and techniques have all changed.  But one thing remains the same... The officers and staff of the Stowe Police Department are committed to protect and serve Stowe's residents, businesses, children, and guests.

Equipment has changed over the years, but a commitment to getting the job done has been a constant.

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In 1973 the Dodge Polara was Stowe's cruiser of choice
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Over the years Stowe officers have needed to take to the water to protect and serve
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To patrol the new Rec Path, Stowe officers were among the first in the state to start bike patrols

Criminal investigatons are a regular part of police work in Stowe.

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Investigation of environmental crimes is nothing new for Stowe PD. Note the Chevy Citation cruisers

 

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This safe was broken into during a bank robbery in Stowe during the 1970's


Stowe Police uniforms have evolved during the years.  Stowe was the first department in the state to begin using BDU "Utility" type uniforms in the 1990's.

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Stowe police uniform during the late 1960's
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By 1976 this uniform was standard for Stowe police officers

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Stowe's first patch

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Stowe badge, name tag, and tie bar belonging to former officer Howard "Tippy" Bailey
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Stowe Police uniform of the 1980's

Drug Raids are a regular event, past and present.

 

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For years Stowe officers have actively pursued drug criminals, seizing drugs and paraphernalia
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Stowe police officers search the woods each year, destroying hundreds of marijuana plants

Stowe had a DARE officer for  many years. DARE Day in 1997 drew a big crowd.

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Dare Day 1997 was a huge success!

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"Soak" the police chief! Very popular!

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Officer Tabor fingerprinting on DARE day


Stowe Police Department has a long history of using K-9's for rescue and detection tasks.

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Ed Stewart with police canine Izzy c. 1991

 

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In 2001 Ed Stewart and Cinder assisted in the 911 rescue efforts at the World Trade Center

Training has always been a way of life for police officers.  Whether range in the 1970's or control and restraint in 2007, Stowe officers have always received the best training.

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From revolvers in the 1970's to today's Glocks and patrol rifles, qualification is an annual event
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Officers practice handcuffing, control and restraint techniques
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At annual range qualifications, officers train with a variety of firearms
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Officers use a variety of positions and train in scenarios during annual range

Cruisers have changed over the years, with 4-wheel drive's now allowing fast response in winter and to remote areas of Stowe.

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A Stowe cruiser responds to a home during the early 1970's
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Stowe was the first department in VT to adopt SUV's ensuring rapid response no matter the weather
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SPD staff in 1995

The Santa Program has been in existence for over 30 years.

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Chief Kaplan with Maria Von Trapp and Santa McHugh
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Santa's loyal group of basket makers!
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Santa and his elf visit the elderly on Christmas Eve

Thank you to both The Stowe Reporter and private individuals who supplied many of our Archive photos.