1916-19 (estimated)

At the time of this summary, this is the earliest known photo of LPD's motorized equipment. This is the Department personnel photo taken at 11th and "P" Street around 1916-1919. This was during James Malone's second term as Chief. The equipment shown would be a 1916 Indian motorcycle (L) and a 1914 Henderson Motorcycle (R). On the right side behind the Henderson motorcycle is a truck with a wire cage cargo box. It is believed to be a 1917-19 Ford Model T with a screen side delivery body. Several manufacturing companies made special vehicle bodies that could be mounted on a Model T chassis. In 1917, Ford made their first 1 ton truck for commercial buyers.

1901: Indian Motorcycle starts production. In 1907, NYPD buys two Indian Motorcycles to chase down runaway horses.

1902: Studebaker starts production.

1903: Harley Davidson Motorcycle starts production. Detroit Police is the first police department to order motorcycles from them in 1908.
Ford starts production.

1907: Nebraska Buick dealership opens at 13th and "P" Street. Stays at that location until they build a new building later called the Sidles Buick Building at 13th and "Q" in 1920.

1909: Ford introduces the Model T, base price was $850.00.

1910: LPD spends $1.50 for an auto bid advertisement. $6.00 is expended for Auto hire, Bicycle repairs $4.00, $5.50 for Wagon repairs, and $40.60 for Horse shoeing.

1911: Henderson Motorcycle starts production in October 1911. Chevrolet starts production.
LPD motorcycle expense $196.85 with $9.20 for motorcycle repairs. Based on an early LPD photo(above), it is believed to be a Henderson motorcycle.

  • Auto maintenance supplies $8.90
  • Auto maintenance repair $70.18
  • Auto maintenance service $3.00
  • Auto maintenance top $36.50
Note: Records don't indicate an actual purchase of a vehicle but, expenses reflect that LPD maintained vehicles this year. There is also a $465.61 expense for auto repair in the city street department which suggests that other vehicles were being maintained by the city. Renting or hiring the use of a car along with a driver was a popular practice at this time. In 1911 there were 10 dealers for both gas and electric automobiles advertised in the Lincoln newspaper. This included Ford automobiles sold by the Wertz Auto Co. at 1200 "P" Street.

1912: Auto repairs $899.90 Motorcycle repairs $64.96

1913: Given the large amount of money listed for auto patrol expense, it suggests the purchase of a vehicle

  • Auto repairs $301.15
  • Motorcycle repairs $18.18
  • Auto patrol expense $3,125.00
  • Auto patrol repairs $6.65
  • Auto patrol supplies $3.25

1914: One Patrol Driver is now listed in the personnel roster. The police department also received $4.40 for selling gasoline. In later annual reports, there are additional entries for the selling of gasoline. Dodge starts production.

  • Auto patrol expense $587.81
  • Motorcycle expense $51.65
  • Auto rent for Chief $600.00

1915: Two Patrol Drivers are listed on the roster.

  • Auto patrol expense $938.01
  • Motorcycle expense $18.90
  • Auto rent for Chief $529.32

1916: Two Patrol Drivers are listed, 186 speeding tickets were issued that year.

  • Auto expense $1,066.00
  • Motorcycle expense $27.19

1917: Two Patrol Drivers are listed, 226 speeding tickets were issued that year. Schwinn Corporation buys Henderson Motorcycle Company. Auto expense $1,010.24.

1918: Two Patrol Drivers are listed. Fighting ceases in World War 1 on November 11 .Auto expense $648.01.

1919: Two Patrol Drivers are listed, 457 speeding and 590 traffic ordinance tickets were issued that year. One Motorcycle Officer is officially listed on the personnel roster. There is no information on the make/model of the vehicle purchased. With the end of World War 1, vehicle traffic problems increased in Lincoln.

  • Auto expense $767.49.
  • Purchase car #53: $1,787.50 (Believe this was a 1918 Studebaker Touring car)