They joined the force in the late 1950s through the early 1960s. Although they didn’t carry weapons or make arrests, they were indeed sworn officers. They were on-call to conduct pat-downs of female detainees. They also monitored and (if necessary) physically engaged female prisoners at Burlington’s police station. And they escorted female prisoners during transfers, before the county assumed that responsibility.
But day-to-day, they functioned as traffic supervisors for the schools and town events.
Maureen Putnam montage: