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George F. Crisler Photo of former Henderson Police Chief George F. Crisler

George Crisler lived in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he joined the police department in 1931. After 22 years with the St. Paul Police Department, rising to the rank of Lieutenant, the Henderson City Council appointed Crisler as Henderson Police Chief on August 12, 1953. Crisler came highly recommended because of his training from the Northwestern Police Academy and FBI Training Schools. On August 20, 1953, Crisler was sworn into his position and took over the duties as Chief of Police with a staff of five patrolmen and one patrol car, borrowed from Clark County Sheriff Glen Jones. Crisler had planned many changes for the department, including the expansion of the police force, greater training opportunities, and the implementation of a more efficient records system. Crisler wanted to establish a more professional, courteous police department. He insisted that all uniformed officers have a neat, professional appearance.


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