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After serving in the Navy, Dick Clason joined the Beverly Hills Police Department.  He was on the job for 34 years (1956 – 1990).  During his career, he worked a number of assignments including records technician, patrol officer, officer-in-charge of the Identification Bureau, fingerprint expert and as a consultant in the examination of questioned documents.  He is the author of three historical westerns; two of which are series called the “Clason Westerns.” 

 

According to the book description of his first western, The Kid from Custer, “A band of rustlers kill a rancher. One rustler marries the rancher's wife; another is named deputy sheriff. The rancher's grief-stricken son eludes stepfather and deputy by escaping into the wilds of the Black Hills. Set in the Dakota Territory in 1880, this tense and gripping adventure is well-grounded in history and generously seeded with humor, violence, romance, and sex.

 

Dick Clason also authored a police related book, Echoes from the Beats: Beverly Hills Cops Tell Their Stories, which is a compilation of stories by and about Beverly Hills Police Department police officers.   According to David Snowden, Chief of Police of the Beverly Hills Police Department, “Police Officers, both current and retired, will enjoy this book very much.  I am sure it will encourage many more stories and perhaps another book.  The Beverly Hills Police Department has a long and proud history.  Some of it can be relived through these stories.”

 

According to the book description of The Deputy and the Devil's Eye: Sequel to The Ranger and the Green Derby, “Being accused of the double murder did not settle well with cowboy Clay Strong. Although he and his Indian partner rode into Dakota Territory to find gold, he soon found himself replacing the murdered deputy to help track down a ruthless serial killer. His efforts, however, were constantly being disrupted with suspicion, vigilantes, and prejudice as the Devil's Eye looked on

About the Beverly Hills Police Department 

According to the Beverly Hills Police Department, “In 1914, shortly after the City of Beverly Hills was incorporated, Augustus Niestrum was appointed City Marshal and Jack Munson as his Deputy. In the early days, Munson's home served as the headquarters for the City's Fire and Police Departments. In early 1915, another officer, George M. Russell, who later became Postmaster, was secured.”  Today, the Beverly Hills Police Department is a full-service police department; which includes patrol, investigative and other services.

The Crime Prevention Bureau of the Beverley Hills Police Department “provides a variety of educational programs designed to assist crime victims, prevent criminal activity in the community and aid in disaster preparation. The Crime Prevention officer conducts an annual Neighborhood Watch Program in which residents are invited to the Police Department concerning programs of interest. School Resource Officers, assigned in the elementary and high schools, are liaisons between the Department and the Beverly Hills Public Schools, serving as instructors and as a police presence on campus.”

The Beverly Hills Police Department said of its patch, it “is a shield design with gold trim on a royal blue background. The center of the shoulder patch features components of the Beverly Hills City Seal: Behind a depiction of the Beverly Hills City Hall is a five-pointed Star representing the five member City Council, governing body of the City of Beverly Hills; from left to right, the Eagle holding a Serpent represents the period of Mexican sovereignty (1822-1846); the Shield of Stars and Stripes depicts Beverly Hills' status as a City of the United States of America; the Bear Flag represents the California Republic (1846) and the State of California as one of the United States of America; the Lion of Leon and the Castle of Castile represent the period of Spanish rule over what is now the State of California (1542-1821).”


Echoes from the Beats: Beverly Hills Cops Tell Their Stories
Dick Clason  More Info

The Kid from Custer
Dick Clason  More Info
The Ranger and the Green Derby: Historical Western (Clason Westerns)
Dick Clason  More Info

The Deputy and the Devil's Eye: Sequel to The Ranger and the Green Derby (Clason Westerns)
Dick Clason  More Info

According to the book description of The Ranger and the Green Derby: Historical Western, “Based on the historic Battle of Lost Valley in Texas, the story captures the early Western times with suspense, adventure, and justice. Some no-good outlaws and cattle rustlers set up an ambush to wipe out the Texas Rangers and cowboy Clay Strong.

The leader of the outlaws, Ike McGrath, told his gang he wore a green derby because the green stands for his Irish blood and the red feather in it for his Kiowa blood . . . and no one lives laughing at his hat. That's why it was common to hear him say: "I guess today is killing day around here." And many times, it was.”

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