Manhattan Beach Police Department

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The small community of Manhattan Beach, located in the county of Los Angeles, is situated on the shore of the Santa Monica Bay. Late in the 1800s, there was little need for law enforcement: this unspoiled terrain along the ocean coastline with its shifting sands, scrub brush, and native wildflowers had yet to be cultivated. By 1912, the sparsely populated area had been incorporated and the city fathers appointed the first peace officer, Fred W. Petway, who was one of three marshals to serve the new town. In 1924, the position of police chief was created with the appointment of Fred Garvin. However, it would be many years before a first-class police department would oversee the safety and security of the growing community. This volume tracks a century of social change and dramatic episodes that challenged a long line of dedicated men and women in law enforcement. Each of these professionals raised the bar on the high standard of police department service that operates in this seaside municipality today.
ISBN: 9780738520896
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
"You will enjoy reading this book on the history of the Manhattan Beach Police Department as much as I enjoyed working with Jan as she wrote it! I am fortunate to call Jan a friend, but she is also a friend of my profession. Jan has provided Old Father Time another opportunity to talk about the rich past of Manhattan Beach, this time from a law enforcement perspective." -Police Chief Ernest Klevesal
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