By Willard M. Oliver

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August Vollmer used to be the most striking males ever elected city marshal and appointed police leader in American background. It used to be Vollmer who introduced policing out of its entirely corrupt and sometimes brutal period of politics, via professionalizing not just his personal police division in Berkeley, California, yet police departments around the state and worldwide. He was once instrumental within the construction of the polygraph laptop (lie detector), patrol automobile radio verbal exchange platforms, and, because the l. a. Police leader, the 1st crime lab in the US. His maximum legacy, besides the fact that, 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 through 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 existence the guy who ceaselessly replaced American policing and police schooling, reaffirming Vollmer’s rightful name as “The Father of yankee Policing.” Meticulously researched, the publication attracts upon newly stumbled on fabric, interviews, and writings of Vollmer’s by no means sooner than used, permitting Oliver to craft a richly special and interesting narrative of Vollmer’s lifestyles tale. This magisterial portrait of 1 of policing’s maximum leaders grants to reshape our figuring out of either the fellow and his period and to rightfully repair August Vollmer as a family name.

"Every dwelling American police executive—past, current or future—must learn this e-book. The book's tales and info of Vollmer's existence is a deep good of concept for resolving many difficulties of policing, either within the US and round the world."   —From the Foreword via Prof. Lawrence W. Sherman

“This biographical exam of the lifestyles and occasions of August Vollmer is far wanted and critical for our field.  Oliver’s special skill to place all of it into phrases supplies us a last product that's crucial for the ages.” —Dr. Kenneth height, college of Nevada, Reno

“Especially in those afflicted occasions, police, their critics, and scholars desire the type of point of view that background and biography offer. Oliver has performed us all a good provider by means of chronicling the occupation 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 & japanese 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 this planet’ is maybe overused, yet is definitely applicable to explain Vollmer’s influence.  In penning this definitive biography, Will Oliver makes a contribution beneficial of Vollmer’s stature.” —Dr. Larry T. Hoover, Sam Houston nation University

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