26th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Theodore Roosevelt” as President of the Police Department of New York City, July 19, 1895, 8×10, uncommon stationery, in full:
I thank you heartily for your letter. You may rest assured we will continue to fight in the future as we have done in the past.
In fine condition, folds.
Roosevelt became president of the board of the New York City Police Commissioners for two years in 1895 and radically reformed the police force. The New York Police Department (NYPD) was reputed as one of the most corrupt in America; the NYPD’s history division records that Roosevelt was “an iron-willed leader of unimpeachable honesty, (who) brought a reforming zeal to the New York City Police Commission in 1895.” Roosevelt implemented regular inspections of firearms and annual physical exams; he appointed 1,600 recruits based on their physical and mental qualifications, regardless of political affiliation, established Meritorious Service Medals and closed corrupt police hostelries. During his tenure, a Municipal Lodging House was established by the Board of Charities, and Roosevelt required officers to register with the Board; he also had telephones installed in station houses.