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By Willard M. Oliver

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August Vollmer was once the most impressive males ever elected city marshal and appointed police leader in American heritage. It was once Vollmer who introduced policing out of its entirely corrupt and sometimes brutal period of politics, through professionalizing not just his personal police division in Berkeley, California, yet police departments around the kingdom and world wide. He was once instrumental within the production of the polygraph laptop (lie detector), patrol automobile radio conversation structures, and, because the l. a. Police leader, the 1st crime lab in the United States. His maximum legacy, although, used to be the better schooling software he created at UC Berkeley, which built into the disciplines of legal justice and criminology which are so common today.  

This riveting biography by means of 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 background, and brings to lifestyles the fellow who endlessly replaced American policing and police schooling, reaffirming Vollmer’s rightful identify as “The Father of yank Policing.” Meticulously researched, the booklet attracts upon newly came across fabric, interviews, and writings of Vollmer’s by no means sooner than used, permitting Oliver to craft a richly certain and interesting narrative of Vollmer’s lifestyles tale. This magisterial portrait of 1 of policing’s maximum leaders can provide to reshape our figuring out of either the fellow and his period and to rightfully fix August Vollmer as a family name.

"Every residing American police executive—past, current or future—must learn this ebook. The book's tales and information of Vollmer's lifestyles is a deep good of concept for resolving many difficulties of policing, either within the US and round the world."   —From the Foreword by way of Prof. Lawrence W. Sherman

“This biographical exam of the lifestyles and instances of August Vollmer is way wanted and demanding for our field.  Oliver’s distinctive skill to place all of it into phrases offers us a last product that's crucial for the ages.” —Dr. Kenneth top, collage of Nevada, Reno

“Especially in those instances, police, their critics, and scholars want the type of point of view that background and biography supply. Oliver has performed us all an outstanding provider through chronicling the occupation of the mythical August Vollmer, an unintentional policeman who formed a century of yank policing, and police schooling, via his activities, instructing, writing, and committed protégés. One hopes for extra books like this one, even though Oliver has set a excessive standard.”          —Dr. Gary Cordner, Professor Emeritus, Kutztown college & japanese Kentucky University

“The contributions of August Vollmer to professionalizing policing benefit any superlative that will be applied.  The word ‘one individual could make a distinction on the planet’ is perhaps overused, yet is definitely acceptable to explain Vollmer’s influence.  In scripting this definitive biography, Will Oliver makes a contribution valuable of Vollmer’s stature.” —Dr. Larry T. Hoover, Sam Houston nation University

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