By Willard M. Oliver
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August Vollmer used to be essentially the most remarkable males ever elected city marshal and appointed police leader in American historical past. It used to be Vollmer who introduced policing out of its absolutely corrupt and sometimes brutal period of politics, by means of professionalizing not just his personal police division in Berkeley, California, yet police departments around the nation and around the globe. He used to be instrumental within the production of the polygraph desktop (lie detector), patrol vehicle radio verbal exchange platforms, and, because the l. a. Police leader, the 1st crime lab in the United States. His maximum legacy, in spite of the fact that, used to be the better schooling application he created at UC Berkeley, which constructed into the disciplines of legal justice and criminology which are so common today.
This riveting biography via Willard M. Oliver, ten years within the making, is the 1st single-volume, full-length biography of marshal, police leader, and Professor August Vollmer. it's a profound paintings of either biography and historical past, and brings to lifestyles the fellow who without end replaced American policing and police schooling, reaffirming Vollmer’s rightful name as “The Father of yankee Policing.” Meticulously researched, the ebook attracts upon newly chanced on fabric, interviews, and writings of Vollmer’s by no means earlier than used, permitting Oliver to craft a richly particular and interesting narrative of Vollmer’s existence tale. This magisterial portrait of 1 of policing’s maximum leaders offers to reshape our figuring out of either the guy and his period and to rightfully fix August Vollmer as a loved ones name.
"Every residing American police executive—past, current or future—must learn this ebook. The book's tales and information of Vollmer's existence is a deep good of thought for resolving many difficulties of policing, either within the US and round the world." —From the Foreword through Prof. Lawrence W. Sherman
“This biographical exam of the lifestyles and occasions of August Vollmer is way wanted and important for our field. Oliver’s particular skill to place all of it into phrases supplies us a last product that's crucial for the ages.” —Dr. Kenneth top, collage of Nevada, Reno
“Especially in those bothered occasions, police, their critics, and scholars desire the type of standpoint that historical past and biography offer. Oliver has performed us all a superb provider by means of chronicling the profession of the mythical August Vollmer, an unintentional policeman who formed a century of yankee policing, and police schooling, via his activities, instructing, writing, and committed protégés. One hopes for extra books like this one, notwithstanding Oliver has set a excessive standard.” —Dr. Gary Cordner, Professor Emeritus, Kutztown collage & jap Kentucky University
“The contributions of August Vollmer to professionalizing policing benefit any superlative that may be applied. The word ‘one individual could make a distinction on the planet’ is perhaps overused, yet is unquestionably acceptable to explain Vollmer’s influence. In penning this definitive biography, Will Oliver makes a contribution necessary of Vollmer’s stature.” —Dr. Larry T. Hoover, Sam Houston nation University
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