Each tithing was headed by the Chief (Frank) Pledge.

A Concise History of American Policing
Raymond Foster  More Info

Leadership: Texas Hold 'Em Style
Andrew J. Harvey  More Info

What is a Hero?: The American Heroes Press Short Story Anthology
Hi Tech Criminal Justice  More Info

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About the Huntington Park Police Department

The City of Huntington Park was founded in 1906 and from it's inception, has had it's own Municipal Police Department. Originally a one man Department with a City Marshal, the department grew as did the City. Following World War One, the size of the Department increased to a Marshal and four Deputies. The new Deputies wore their Army uniforms as Police uniforms.


The Policemen remained Deputies until 1932. The title "Deputy" was changed to "Policeman" in 1933. Following the Long Beach Earthquake of 1933, where many buildings in Huntington Park were damaged, the Huntington Park Police Department was built on the Southeast corner of Gage and Pacific. During this period, the majority of the police officers on the Department were motorcycle traffic officers. Their uniforms were tan while the regular Patrol Officers began wearing blue. When a motorcycle officer was hired on, he was issued a badge and a hat badge. He provided his weapon, uniform and motorcycle.


Police cars didn't have police radios so several "Police Call Boxes were positioned around the City. Whenever the station received a call for assistance, the Police Operator would activated a red light which was atop several tall towers throughout the City. The Policeman, on patrol, would need to routinely look for the tower light and when seeing the light, he would call the station from one of the many call boxes. This system was discontinued in the mid-1940's when the Department was equipped with car radios and a main station radio however, the call boxes remained until the mid 1970's.


During World War Two, many of our Policemen volunteered for Military service. The Department supplemented the patrol force and the Civil Defense Force with Home Volunteers. These Volunteers wore a "Reserve Police" armband over their civilian clothing while serving their assignments. In 1943, the Huntington Park Police began wearing Police Patches on their uniform shirts. The Patrol Officer's patch depicted "Electrical Bolts" representing the newly equipped police cars with radios. The Motorcycle Officer's patch depicted the 'winged Wheel" of the Motor Officer Following World War Two, the Department retained many of the war time volunteers and trained them as Reserve Officers.


The Reserve Officers were issued their own style of badge, however, they wore the same patch as the regular officers. The new Civic Center was built in 1950 and while the Police Facility was being completed for the following year, the temporary Police Department was installed in the basement of the City Hall. The jail cells are still in the basement of City Hall today.


The Police "Justice Building" was opened in 1951. This building contained the Police Department, Jail, District Attorney's Office, Public Defenders and a Court Room.  To coincide with moving into a new Police Facility, the Department issued new Police Patches, a new badge, and new uniform regulations.


Dark Blue long sleeve shirts were worn from October 1st until May 1st. The Summer uniform was a short sleeved light blue shirt. The patches are the same design as are worn today. In 1976, an order was made for additional patches and a numbering error resulted in a light blue police patch. These patches were issued as replacement patches for the Summer uniform, however, they were not well received by the officers Ironically, soon afterwards, the Huntington Park Police Officers Association convinced the Chief to discontinue the light blue shirts.




Selected books by Huntington Park Police Department police officers.

Huntington Park (Images of America: California)
James M. Kinsey  More Info

True Blue: A Policeman's Story
Jonathan Nerlinger  More Info

How to Prepare for an Interview and Obtain a Job as a Firefighter
Randy Narramore  More Info

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