Photo and Commentary by Matt Clarizia
This is a photograph of Beverly’s current City Hall and Police Department. Our City Hall was originally a mansion owned by Israel Thorndike, but when he died in 1832 the mansion was left to the city and the building was then turned into a city Hall in 1841. After a couple of years the police station was said and documented to be built on as early as 1872. The building has only undergone a few renovations since it has been built, but for the most part stayed the same throughout the years. It has been around for over 150 years already, and I feel will be immortalized forever because for as long as Beverly wants to maintain law and order in society, a City Hall and police Station area necessity for they prevent chaos and keep Beverly a safe environment to live in.
On a small scale, our City Hall and police department seem ordinary. The City Hall does its job by holding local meetings and so on, where the police enforce the law. However, on a larger scale, Beverly’s City hall and police station play a more important role on a national level. One way our police station is tied into something larger nationally is that in order to become a police officer, one must swear on oath on the United States Constitution, which connects all police officers across the nation. Another way is because one of the government’s jobs is to protect and insure the safety of every citizen in the United States. Little pieces of a puzzle millions of City Halls and police stations just like Beverly have the same job to fulfill the government’s duty and protect everyone, and Beverly plays its part, naturally by protecting people locally.