San Francisco Police Department (Images of America)

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The officers of the San Francisco Police Department would be the first to tell you that police work in this city is nothing like Dirty Harry, The Streets of San Francisco, or Nash Bridges. It's a gritty reality, occasionally infused with glamour, but always characterized by the innovation and unusual proceedings found as a matter of course in this unique city. The department was established in 1849, when the population surge from the Gold Rush created a desperate need for law enforcement. An initial 35-member ...

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Overview

The officers of the San Francisco Police Department would be the first to tell you that police work in this city is nothing like Dirty Harry, The Streets of San Francisco, or Nash Bridges. It's a gritty reality, occasionally infused with glamour, but always characterized by the innovation and unusual proceedings found as a matter of course in this unique city. The department was established in 1849, when the population surge from the Gold Rush created a desperate need for law enforcement. An initial 35-member force was formed to protect over 20,000 residents. Since then, the SFPD has presided over notorious events, including the case of the Zodiac Killer, Zebra Murders, the Patty Hearst Hibernia Bank robbery, the 1975 assassination attempt on President Gerald Ford, and the Golden Dragon Restaurant and 101 California Street Massacres. While the SFPD story includes a gruesome and sometimes scandalous past, its dedicated officers continue to provide a positive and invaluable service to the diverse metropolitan community of San Francisco.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738528984
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 11/30/2004
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,404,114
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Culled from archives and private collections, this collection of vintage photographs pays tribute through the years to the woman and men behind the Star. Author and native San Franciscan John Garvey, whose ancestors served on the early force, is a graduate of the SFPD Citizens Police Academy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2006

    What a great book!

    This book is awesome. If you like police history or old pictures of early American police, then this is the book for you. I live in San Diego and this, like all the police books from Arcadia shed so much light on the history of policing in America. This is a good book for collectors, educators of criminal justice,history buffs, and the members of the communities they represent. Get all the police book series from Arcadia Publishers.

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