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What August Vollmer, the Father of American Law Enforcement, Has to Teach Us

Very few Americans today are familiar with August Vollmer, the "father of American law enforcement" who served as chief of the Berkeley police department from 1905-1931. In an era where police killings have become epidemic, we need to reacquaint ourselves with Vollmer's ideal of a democratic police forces which he advanced throughout his career. In February 1951, Collier's Magazine titled a profile of Vollmer "America's Top Cop.
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