to Claude Anderson, he began drawing since the first day he could hold a pencil.
Having been blessed with "limited artistic ability", he drew cartoons throughout
grammar, high school and college. While serving in the U.S. Air force during the
Korean War he had several cartoons printed in the Stars & Stripes newspaper.
After joining the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, he
continued with cartoons appearing on locker and briefing room walls. In 1972 he
was asked to submit a cartoon for a new monthly law enforcement bulletin. "The
Star & Shield" (Professional Peace Officer Association) After the first issued
appeared, he was asked to keep drawing until he submitted a cartoon that was
funny. Here we are, over 35 years later and he's still drawing. (Still nothing
funny) His cartoons have also hit the locker rooms of the San Francisco PD and
the Texas Highway Patrol.
He was assigned to Firestone Sheriff Station where he
worked for 12 years. Seven of those years he was a training officer. Claude
Anderson is the author of Radiocartoons: The Training Officer.
According to the forward of the book, "If you were to join
the military, police or sheriff departments you will encounter individuals known
as training officers or drill instructions. These individuals are formed out of
a single mold. First of all, to qualify they must be hard of hearing. They go
through the day yelling... " I CAN'T HEAR YOU!"... You stand at attention and
keep raising your voice until your throat is raw and your tonsils change
sides..... "YES SIR, NO SIR, NO EXCUSE SIR!" Additional qualifications include
being very near sighted. As the instructors stand one quarter inch from your
nose and yell things your own mother wouldn't think of saying. Your brain
freezes and your speech is inaudible."
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is the largest sheriff's department in
the world. In addition to specialized services, such as the Sheriff's Youth Foundation, International Liaison and Employee
Support Services, the Department is divided into ten divisions, each headed by a Division Chief.
There are three patrol divisions (Field Operations Regions I, II and III), Custody
Operations Division, Correctional Services Division, Detective Division, Court Services Division, Technical Services Division,
Office of Homeland Security, Administrative Services Division, and Leadership and Training Division.
The Sheriff's Department of Los Angeles County was formed in April, 1850.
Elections for the office of Sheriff were held annually until 1882, when the term was increased to two years; in 1894 the term
was increased to four years. The first Sheriff of Los Angeles County was George T. Burrill and his staff consisted of two
Twenty-four men have served
Los Angeles County as Sheriff since 1850: nineteen were elected and six were appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve
the unexpired term of their predecessors. Two were killed in the line of duty. Of those appointed, four were re-elected to
the office. The youngest man ever elected to the office of Sheriff was William B. Rowland, who was sworn in when he was 25
years old (in 1871), and was re-elected three times. The record for the longest consecutive service goes to Sheriff Eugene
Biscailuz, who completed 51 years in the department, from deputy in 1907, to being appointed Sheriff in 1932 and then retiring
in 1958. Our previous Los Angeles County Sheriff, Sherman Block, entered the department as a Deputy Sheriff in 1956 and continued
up through the ranks until he was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to succeed Sheriff Pitchess in 1982. In June of 1982,
Sheriff Block was elected to a full four year term as Sheriff of Los Angeles County.