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ried off—in fact a state of things unknown to neighboring towns." Lamson asserted: "our constables are of no account." He wanted a real policeman to patrol the town center. Weston selectmen appealed to public frugality to stop these "offenses to the public peace." They conceded that some acts of van- dalism might have been committed by "evil-disposed persons passing over our highways at night on their way from Waltham to neighbor- ing towns." But the selectmen believed that Weston residents were largely respon- sible. They hoped that, if offenders gave their actions "sober thought," and if all "friends of good order" were exceptionally vigilant, it would be unnecessary for the town to go to the expense of maintaining a paid police force. Perhaps these admonitions worked, because for decades afterward, Weston continued to rely on constables and special police to keep the peace. The only excep- tions were in 1894, when the murder of a Lincoln man in Weston was turned over to state police, and in 1901-03, during construction of the Weston Aqueduct and Reservoir. At that time, because of the tons of explosives and scores of workers living in temporary camps, the town asked the state to pro- vide funds for police protection. In 1908, the colorful Patrick J. McAuliffe was appointed Weston's first Chief of Police. But this was not a permanent position. McAuliffe continued working as an insurance agent, undertaker, and operator of a livery service on Church Street. Not until 1922 did Weston have a 81 s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e B E T H F U R M A N top: The Weston Fire Department owns this antique toy "steamer" bottom: Highway Department employees in front of the Newton Street storage barn in 1934