In 1885 A. Isaacson was appointed special or merchant police by the Mayor. I. Shoop was named as special policeman whose duty it shall be to work on the streets and sidewalks as much as possible when not complicating with his said duties as special police. Shoop was paid $50 per month in consideration of which Shoop was to furnish for use of city, one horse, one wagon and harness.
From 1884 to 1893 seven marshals served the city, including J.M. Shoop, Marsh L. Brown, David Riddle, John Howard Balis, James Shaw, Conrad Springer and Joseph C. Bennett.
On July 22nd, 1885 the DeKalb Police Department was officially established. In 1894, a city marshal and a night watchman were all that was needed to keep law and order in DeKalb. The city marshal received a salary of $40 per month and the night watchman earned $15 per month. During this time, there was very little activity and no traffic problems.
By 1899, the city marshal earned $50 per month and the night watchman received $20 per month.