Laredo Police Department

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1. History of the Laredo Police Department: On May 15, 1775, Spanish colonists came and formed a “Villa”, which consisted of a collection ranch tracts which centered a small settlement in the early Laredo days. At the time, the “Alcalde” would be the local captain of a small militia in the small settlements. Every able-bodied man was to join and serve the small militia company and be ready to respond in case of an emergency. They would usually defend the settlements against Indian raids and it also included police functions, such as coping bandits that attacked caravans on the route between Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, and San Antonio, Texas.

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