Do you ever wonder what crime was like in Medfield during the 60s, 70s and 80s?
You can hear all about it on Nov. 4 when former Medfield Police Chief William Mann presents "From the Blotter: Tales of a Small Town Police Chief" as part of the Medfield Historical Society's monthly lecture series.
Starting at 7:30 p.m. at the First Parish Church, Chief Mann will entertain the audience with stories of cops and robbers as well as other memorable characters and incidents he encountered during his time on the force.
Chief Mann was appointed as Medfield's Chief of Police in August of 1969, having started his career as a patrolman in 1959.
During the 1970s, he dealt with bomb scares at the high school as well as vandalism and wide-spread drug use throughout town. He also called for, and saw built, a new police station. In 1973, Mann oversaw the addition of a third police cruiser in small-town Medfield.
"Bill Mann is a very entertaining speaker," said David Temple, President of the Medfield Historical Society. "His 30-plus years with the Medfield Police Department provides him with a rich lode of tales to tell. Medfield's population doubled during his tenure, and the growth created a lot of challenges."
"I will never forget the photo years ago in the local newspaper that showed Bill, grinning from ear to ear, as he triumphantly held up two huge marijuana plants that he had uprooted off Causeway Street," recalled Temple.
To hear more entertaining stories, visit with Mann on Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Parish Church. The program is free though donations are welcome to support the Medfield Historical Society.