By Willard M. Oliver
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August Vollmer was once essentially 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 thoroughly corrupt and infrequently brutal period of politics, by way of professionalizing not just his personal police division in Berkeley, California, yet police departments around the state and world wide. He used to be instrumental within the construction of the polygraph computing device (lie detector), patrol automobile radio communique structures, and, because the la Police leader, the 1st crime lab in the United States. His maximum legacy, although, used to be the better schooling application he created at UC Berkeley, which built into the disciplines of legal justice and criminology which are so frequent today.
This riveting biography by way 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 historical past, and brings to lifestyles the fellow who perpetually replaced American policing and police schooling, reaffirming Vollmer’s rightful identify as “The Father of yank Policing.” Meticulously researched, the publication attracts upon newly came across fabric, interviews, and writings of Vollmer’s by no means prior to 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 restoration August Vollmer as a loved ones name.
"Every dwelling American police executive—past, current or future—must learn this e-book. The book's tales and info of Vollmer's lifestyles is a deep good of thought for resolving many difficulties of policing, either within the US and round the world." —From the Foreword by means of Prof. Lawrence W. Sherman
“This biographical exam of the existence and instances of August Vollmer is way wanted and critical for our field. Oliver’s exact skill to place all of it into phrases provides 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 historical past and biography supply. Oliver has performed us all a good carrier by way of chronicling the profession of the mythical August Vollmer, an unintended policeman who formed a century of yankee policing, and police schooling, via his activities, educating, 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 & jap Kentucky University
“The contributions of August Vollmer to professionalizing policing benefit any superlative that would be applied. The word ‘one individual could make a distinction on this planet’ is maybe overused, yet is unquestionably applicable to explain Vollmer’s influence. In scripting this definitive biography, Will Oliver makes a contribution precious of Vollmer’s stature.” —Dr. Larry T. Hoover, Sam Houston nation University
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