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The City of Litchfield was established as a village in 1853 and at that time Litchfield’s form of Law Enforcement was a Town Marshall and deputies.

Litchfield became a City in 1859 and established a Police Department during that same year. The earliest record of the Police Department is from the year 1888 listing W.C. Goodin as the Chief of Police.

Records indicate thirteen Police Chiefs have served the City of Litchfield Since Chief Goodin’s term. Historical records estimate that 130 Officers have served the Litchfield Police Department since its inception.

The Department has lost two Officers in the Line of Duty:

Officer William Hill Coulter – End of Watch May 8, 1932 – Officer Coulter was shot and killed as he and his partner responded to a burglary in progress call at a local residence. Officer Coulter is memorialized on Panel 47, Line E-11 of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

Officer Larry Wayne Berkshire – End of Watch September 22, 1971 – Officer Berkshire was killed when he was thrown from a horse while attempting to return the animal to its’ owner. Officer Berkshire is memorialized on Panel 6, Line E-20 of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

The Department remembers, thankfully, the service of Officers Coulter and Berkshire and all Law Enforcement Officers who have given the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. They gave their lives so that others may live.