Oceanside Police Department, California (Images of America Series)

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The Oceanside Police Department has provided a century of service to a community that has grown from a small seaside resort--doubling as a bedroom community for the U.S. Marine Corps's nearby Camp Pendleton--into a city of more than 170,000 people. City marshals patrolled Oceanside from 1888 to 1906, and it is indicative of the city's formative years that the first lawman, former Texas Ranger Charlie Wilson, was also the first to be killed in the line of duty. The photographs in this remarkable collection ...
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Overview


The Oceanside Police Department has provided a century of service to a community that has grown from a small seaside resort--doubling as a bedroom community for the U.S. Marine Corps's nearby Camp Pendleton--into a city of more than 170,000 people. City marshals patrolled Oceanside from 1888 to 1906, and it is indicative of the city's formative years that the first lawman, former Texas Ranger Charlie Wilson, was also the first to be killed in the line of duty. The photographs in this remarkable collection inventory the department's past, covering the administrations of city marshal J. Keno Wilson (Charlie Wilson's brother), Chiefs Charles Goss, Ward Ratcliff, and others. Showcased are images from the archives of the Oceanside Police Department and the collection of Delores Davis Sloan, the daughter of former captain Harold B. Davis, Oceanside's top cop of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738531120
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 6/15/2006
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author


With this book, author Matthew J. Lyons, a corporal on the Oceanside force and former Marine who was chief of criminal investigations at Camp Pendleton, furthers his avocation of preserving the memorabilia (including a restored 1968 Dodge Polara squad car) of one of Southern California's finest police forces.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2006

    Great Book

    I received my copy of this book last night and I could not put it down. I found the history of OPD very interesting. It is a book that all of the men and women who served or are currently working for OPD can be proud of. Matt Lyons did an excellent job of putting this book together. I brought in my copy of the book to my department and I hope they enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    ONE OF THE NEATEST EXAMPLES OF AMERICANA I'VE SEEN.

    The author has captured the spirit of growth and enduring fraternity of the police department. This opus is truly worth keeping for historical purposes and sharing with anyone who wishes insight into America's past. It is a fine tribute to those who have served and sacrificed, as well as those still walking the thin blue line. An easy read, and a pleasure to look at. Slainte!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2006

    Great Historical Presentation

    This is a fabulous presentation of Oceanside's Police Department history which coincidentally includes my father on the cover. Thanks again for your enthusiasm and dedication Matt!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006

    What a Great Book

    What a great book ,I enjoyed reading it and looking at all the old pictures.The history of law enforcement and the City of Oceanside. Matt Lyons done a great job. What a nice tribute to those who gave their lifes protecting the citizens of Oceanside, including my Son Officer Tony Zeppetella. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2006

    Oceanside Police Department Revisited

    I joined the Oceanside Police Department in 1970 and retired after 20 years. Lyons' book is a very accurate depiction and provided a memorable tour for me back to that era. Anyone who ever worked for the department would enjoy reading this book and having it as a valuable keepsake. The book also has historical significance as it documents the evolution of a typical western police department from its inception through to the present.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2006

    The Pride of Oceanside

    The dedication and passion for history is evident in the works produced by Mr. Lyon. His publication on the Oceanside Police Department is very informative, accurate, and entertaining. As a 31 year Sheriff's Department veteran and founder of the California Law Enforcement Historical Society, I give this project two thumbs up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2006

    Insight into small police department

    Very interesting to follow a small city one man police department and watch it grow over the years to become one of the largest and best departments in San Diego county.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2006

    Historic and Lasting

    What a great book for anyone intrested in the history of law enforcement or the City of Oceanside. Matt Lyons has captured the essence of old time policing in an easy to read fun format and capturing the profession of law enforcement history.I love the old photographs and historical pieces that have been shared for everyone to keep and pass on to future generations. I hope anyone intrested in history or law enforcement purchases this book. I can't wait for Matts next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2006

    OCEANSIDES FINEST

    What a great book. I'm really glad to have been a part of such a great departments history. Matt Lons really did a great job in putting this departments history in order.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Great book that brought back memories of a very different time

    Nice book with a window to the past and faces to connect to it fun to read and fun to share. Nice job to Mr. Lyons!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2006

    Outstanding Book

    This is a great book for anyone whoever worked or still works for the Oceanside Police Dept. I also recommend it for current or former residents of the City. Matt Lyons does a great job chronicling the storied history of the Dept. There are a lot of great photos also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2006

    It brought back many memories

    A very accurate depiction of the department and it's growth over the last 80 years. I highly recommend it.

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