I met the guard at Rockwoods tent as had been previously called together to be organized into a "Regular Standing Police" Guard, President Young & Kimball was there with myself as the committee spoken of before to organized them which was done & I was chosen Captain by the unanimous vote of all present....
President Young gave us the necessary instructions and also said that our number will be perhaps increased [from 25] to thirty-two
It appears by the foregoing organization that the system of the "Old Police" so much feared despised and beloved in Nauvoo is now revived on precisely the same plan and mostly the same men as there was which composed the old Police in Nauvoo & with the same Captain at their headthose who dreaded us because of their wickedness there may well have the same fears now. For the same men and the same organization the same leader, the same circumstances to act on will naturally produce the same results.
[Diaries of Hosea Stout]