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CPD’s start: ‘Two men and a cruiser’

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It was late-March 1967, and Colchester voters approved $20,000 to establish their own local police department. Then-town manager James Lowe easily summarized the budding department’s needs: “Two men and a cruiser.” From a field of up to 14 applicants, officials selected St. Johnsbury police Sgt. Ronald Smith to lead the charge. Joined by one other…