San Diego Police Department, California (Images of America Series)

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The San Diego Police Department dates to 1889, when out-of-control crime forced the end of the highly ineffective city marshal's office. With violence on every corner and Tombstone's venerable Wyatt Earp running the marshals' gambling interests, change was desperately needed. But the first days of the SDPD weren't easy. Within two years of its formation, the city's economy tanked, 36,000 of the town's 40,000 citizens left, and the department's newly appointed chief refused to take the job. Still, San Diego ...
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Overview


The San Diego Police Department dates to 1889, when out-of-control crime forced the end of the highly ineffective city marshal's office. With violence on every corner and Tombstone's venerable Wyatt Earp running the marshals' gambling interests, change was desperately needed. But the first days of the SDPD weren't easy. Within two years of its formation, the city's economy tanked, 36,000 of the town's 40,000 citizens left, and the department's newly appointed chief refused to take the job. Still, San Diego eventually developed into one of the nation's largest cities and most popular tourist destination--a multifaceted metropolis perched between the extremes of Los Angeles and Mexico, the Pacific Ocean and the desert. Today more than 2,000 highly trained sworn SDPD officers, 700 support staff, and more than 1,000 volunteers form one of the world's most innovative and internationally recognized police forces.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738529981
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 951,812
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Author Steve Willard is a 20-year member of the San Diego Police Department. A writer for law enforcement periodicals, Willard also serves as the vice president of the San Diego Police Historical Association, which supplied the vintage photos for this visual history. These images have captured San Diego's finest in the heat of intense action and the fulfillment of the everyday duties that illustrate what it truly means to protect and serve.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    Loved it!

    Steve Willard's book provides a intimate look into the San Diego Police Department not often seen by the general public. Good job and good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2005

    Police History

    Steve Willard is a diligent man in having spent several years researching and learning the history of the San Diego Police Department. His love for the city, its people and the department certainly show through the mass of carefully selected photographs and colorful writings. This book is insightful for those who really want to know San Diego's Police history. It should be used as a tool in the education of San Diego's police academies.

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