Houston Police Department, Texas (Images of America Series)

Houston Police Department, Texas (Images of America Series)

by Tom Kennedy
     
 


The Houston Police Force was established by the naming of a city marshal in January 1841. Houston Police Department historian Denny Hair wrote, "As befitted a frontier community, the meeting of justice in Houston was swift and uncompromising. Trials were

conducted in an informal manner with little attention paid to formal rules of evidence and legal procedure."

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The Houston Police Force was established by the naming of a city marshal in January 1841. Houston Police Department historian Denny Hair wrote, "As befitted a frontier community, the meeting of justice in Houston was swift and uncompromising. Trials were

conducted in an informal manner with little attention paid to formal rules of evidence and legal procedure." Eventually, conditions changed and law enforcement became more sophisticated. The "Bayou City" population went from 44,633 in 1900 to almost 1 million by 1960. "Houston" was the first word spoken from the moon, thus it became "Space City" and, ultimately, the nation's fourth-largest city. Its police department weathered decades of mayoral appointment for every officer before state civil service reform in the 1940s. It also met the civil rights years better than most cities and saw dramatic change with the 1982 appointment of Lee Brown as the first African American police chief of a large American city.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738595351
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
05/07/2012
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,354,042
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.36(d)

Meet the Author


Tom Kennedy, columnist of the late Houston Post and a Baylor University journalism alumnus, has served as editor of the Houston Police Officers' Union Badge & Gun since 2002. Kennedy compiled this photograph-laden book replete with colorful details about the characters, personalities, and celebrated cases that have affected one of the nation's leading policing agencies.

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