J. Edith Taylor was important enough in the Cambridge Police Department to warrant her own report in the 1927 department annual report. Here’s what she had to say:
REPORT OF J. EDITH TAYLOR, POLICEWOMAN
During the past year there has been a notable increase in the number of cases referred to this department from outside agencies as well as individuals.
In many instances there have been calls for advice and aid from mothers who in the past had trouble with older girls and wish to have some restraint put upon younger members of the family.
Frequently calls at the homes in this type case have usually had the desired effect of breaking up undesirable companionship, late hours and other bad habits. Here, as well as in other cases, help with regard to employment has sometimes helped to satisfactorily adjust matters. Because of this fact I have been visiting and gradually making myself known to the employment managers and social workers of our various industrial establishment.
The supervision of dance halls is as usual an important part of the work and conditions with regard to liquors and general deportment are, with the officers and matrons always in attendance, very satisfactory. Because of numerous complaints I have made an intensive drive upon small boys who pan handle outside our theatres. In the Central District where most of our theatres are located, the captain for some time detailed a plain clothes man to work with me and warnings were given these boys. Repeating offenders were taken to the station, their parents sent for and warned. I have followed these cases up by visits to the homes and schools where parents and principals have given their co-operations in the matter. As some of these boys have told of making as much as $2.00 in as many hours, the danger of “easy money” is readily seen.
Neglected children, venereal disease, auto pick-ups and general conditions on the street are carefully watched and whenever possible closely followed up.