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The Berkeley Historical Society Presents New Exhibit and Book
Celebrating the Legacy of Berkeley's First Chief of Police

August Vollmer, one of the most extraordinary men ever to serve as police chief in America, is rightfully considered "The Father of American Policing." His innovative use of science and technology applied to policing made him instrumental in the creation of the first lie detector and police crime lab, and his advocacy for police higher education, which led to the creation of degrees in Criminal Justice and Criminology, were the underpinnings of his life's work to professionalize the police.

He served as Berkeley's Town Marshal and then Police Chief from 1905 to 1932 except for a brief period as LAPD chief in 1923-24. He went on to found the School of Criminology at UC Berkeley and served on the first board of the East Bay Regional Parks District.

The Berkeley Historical Society is delighted to welcome Willard Oliver, Ph.D., Professor of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He has graciously accepted our invitation to partner with us and developed our new exhibit based on his book, August Vollmer, The Father of American Policing, recently published by Carolina Academic Press. Professor Oliver will be available to sign your copy at the opening.

This exhibit ran from April 23 through September 30, 2017. The exhibit has been placed with the Berkeley Police Department's historical collection and will be available for research.

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