My name is...Rip Hobson

Retired police chief, former paratrooper

Posted 8/21/17

Former chief

I was the chief of the Littleton Police Department. My family moved here in 1950. I went to work for the Littleton Police Department on April 22, 1959. At that time, the police department was very small. Four patrolmen, three …

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My name is...Rip Hobson

Retired police chief, former paratrooper

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Former chief

I was the chief of the Littleton Police Department. My family moved here in 1950. I went to work for the Littleton Police Department on April 22, 1959. At that time, the police department was very small. Four patrolmen, three sergeants and a chief. I was there 25 years — I retired in 1984. The city exploded in those years after Martin Marietta moved in. When I retired 25 years later, the department had 70 people.

Living history


I knew Hous Waring. He was a friend of mine. I knew Ed Bemis. Of course, he (owned) the Littleton Independent. His house was down at the end of Main Street — that’s where he grew up. Our police department was one little room in the basement of Town Hall.

I was a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division. I was in from 1953-56. I never left the states. I was blessed — when I joined, the Korean War was going on. I went down and volunteered for the paratroops, and while I was in basic training, the fighting ended, so our division never went overseas.

Phoning it in


My wife, Ruth, yesterday was our 64th wedding anniversary. We met in high school and graduated from Littleton High School in 1952. She went to work for the telephone company. We had an all-volunteer fire department back then. The firemen had to use a code, or they wouldn’t get the info they needed. She’d put them at the back of the line if they didn’t use their code.

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