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Police Radio Dispatch

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, July 23, 2017
1. Police Radio Dispatch Marker
Inscription.  During the early twentieth century, Detroit police and their criminal foes both adopted the automobile as their preferred means of transportation. To regain an advantage, Detroit police pioneered a novel use for radio. In 1921, under Commissioner William P. Rutledge, the police began experimenting with radio-equipped cars. Police shared a frequency with a commercial station and cut into its programming to dispatch patrols. On April 7, 1928, police radio operators broadcast for the first time on a dedicated frequency from this police station, which eliminated radio interference from downtown stations.
 
Erected 2007 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number S529.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 7, 1928.
 
Location. 42° 20.418′ N, 82° 59.216′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Inselruhe Avenue, on the right when traveling
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By Joel Seewald, July 23, 2017
2. Police Radio Dispatch Marker
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south. Marker is in Belle Isle Park between Central Avenue and Riverbank Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Detroit MI 48207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alpheus S. Williams (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Detroit Spanish American War Monument (about 600 feet away); Perry's Victory (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ransom Eli Olds (approx. 0.4 miles away); S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gen. O. M. Poe Post No. 433 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
 
Also see . . .  Belle Isle Police Station. (Submitted on August 1, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
 
Police Radio Dispatch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 23, 2017
3. Police Radio Dispatch Marker
View looking north along Inselruhe Avenue toward the Alpheus S. Williams monument.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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