Although their names and jobs are not listed, the report shows eight African-Americans on the 291 man force. Generally, they were relegated to more menial jobs such as stationhouse keepers. Cincinnati’s first African-American Policeman was appointed in 1884 as a political joke. African-American historian, Wendell Dabney said in his 1926 book (Cincinnati Black Citizen), “The Democrats took over the city administration that year and to spite the Republicans, put a black man, Henry Hagerman, on the force.” Other than this brief mention by Dabney, Henry Hagerman remains a man of mystery. Police personnel records dating back to 1886 fail to list him. The Cincinnati Division of Vital Statistics has neither his birth nor death certificate on file. Nevertheless, Hagerman was an authentic pioneer in whose footsteps countless African-American Police Officers would follow.