Author John Skipper, a former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy, retired as a Redondo Beach P.D. captain in 2006 and remained a reserve officer working cold cases. Coauthor Michael Stark became a reserve officer in 1972, serves as the Reserve Corps commander, and is a member of the Crisis Negotiations Team. The authors collated the department's vintage images into this tribute, gathering others from department members, the Redondo Beach Historical Commission, and Redondo Beach Museum.
Redondo Beach Police Departmentby Michael L. Stark, Ret. Capt. John Skipper
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The Redondo Beach Police Department dates to May 9, 1892, when Marshall S. Rogers was appointed as the city's first marshal. One of the first city ordinances prohibited the discharge of firearms within city limits and provided the option for hiring of a deputy "if needed." He was needed, of course, as the city would grow into a major West Coast resort by the 1920s. The department adapted through the changes brought on by the Depression, World War II, and the postwar boom, serving and protecting citizens and fighting crime both unique to beach-city life as well as changing times while enforcing all laws for residents and tourists alike across the dawns of two centuries. In the 21st century, more than 250 sworn officers, support personnel, and volunteers serve one of Southern California's most respected and innovative departments.
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