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Lower Dixwell Tour

Police Station 4

136 Dixwell Avenue

(former)

Sargent Michael J. Connelly & Captain William O’Keefe. Courtesy CT Irish American Historical Society.

Police Station 4-c. 1906. Courtesy CT Irish American Historical Society.

In 1893 a house at the corner of Dixwell Avenue and Webster Street became the quarters for Police Station 4. In 1906 the house was replaced by this building, designed specifically as a police precinct. Since its inception, the police department had provided a reliable source of employment for many of the city’s immigrant Irish residents. By 1906 these immigrants and their children occupied leadership positions in the Department, including 4 of 6 police commissioners, Chief of Police, and Captain and Sergeant in the 4th Precinct.

  • Text source courtesy Connecticut Irish American Historical Society.

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