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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. The exhibit will continue through September 30, 2017.

Photo courtesy of Sgt. Michael J. Holland (Ret.) of the Berkeley Police Department Historical Unit.

The Berkeley Historical Society cordially invites you to
Our Annual Meeting and Exhibit Opening
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Old City Hall - Council Chambers
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
1:30 pm Welcome and Introductions
Brief Annual Meeting & Election of Officers
2:00 pm Illustrated Talk by Willard Oliver, PhD.
Curator and Author, August Vollmer: The Father of American Policing
Then follow us to open the exhibit at the
Veterans Memorial Building - Berkeley History Center
1931 Center Street
3:00 pm Vollmer Exhibit Opening and Reception
Professor Oliver will sign copies of his book, available for purchase.
Light refreshments will be served. Admission free; both facilities are wheelchair accessible.


The History Center is closed April 10 through April 22 for installation of this exhibition.


Admission free, donations welcome; wheelchair accessible

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