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Jack H. Schonely

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Jack H. Schonely’s began his 25 year law enforcement career with the Berks County Sheriff’s Office (Pennsylvania).  In 1983, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department. He has been a patrol officer, Field Training Officer and undercover vice officer.  After working Hollywood Vice, Jack Schonely transferred to the LAPD’s premier tactical unit, Metropolitan Division.  In Metropolitan Division Jack Schonely worked a variety of details, including city-wide crime suppression, surveillance, VIP security and crowd control.


In 1992, Jack Schonely became a canine handler in Metropolitan Division where he conducted over “700 high risk searches.”  A few years later in his career he became a “Tactical Flight Officer (observer) with LAPD’s Air Support Division coordinating tactical operations on a nightly basis. Many of these incidents involved foot pursuits and perimeter containments. He was the Chief Tactical Flight Officer for a short time before he switched seats in the helicopter and was selected as a Command Pilot at Air Support where he is still assigned. He is a Certified Flight Instructor in rotorcraft.  Jack was the recipient of the 2004 Air Crew of the Year Award at LAPD Air Support.”  Jack Schonley has a BS in Criminal Justice.


Jack Schonley is the author of Apprehending Fleeing Suspects; Suspect Tactics and Perimeter Containment. According to Deputy Chief Mike Hillmann (who wrote the forward), “This book is one of the most comprehensive and to the point manuscripts that I have had the pleasure to review in my 38 years of law enforcement. Apprehending Fleeing Suspects is the how to, nuts and bolts of field enforcement tactics and is not only focused on suspect apprehension, but on officer safety. A must read for the professional police officer.”

Apprehending Fleeing Suspects: Suspect Tactics And Perimeter Control
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From the History of the Los Angeles Police Department (lapdonline.org)

If he is remembered for nothing else, Chief Clarence E. Snively, successor to Sebastian in 1915, recognized the menace of cigarette smoking. His "Anti-Cigarette Clinic" tried to influence juveniles to shun the habit. Snively contended that "…the use of cigarettes by children is a great cause of delinquency. The nicotine poison which enters the body… has a tendency to make weak bodies, weak intellects and weak morals." The records reveal that the Clinic attracted 2,355 "patients" during its first two months. But a year later, both the Clinic and its founder were gone. One of the bright spots of the period was the start of the Department’s first official training program in 1916.

With our nation’s entrance into World War I, emphasis was placed by the police on violations of federal offenses such as "failure to register as a German Alien enemy," seditious utterances," and "suspicion of being an alien enemy." A "War Squad" was fielded and any communist activity, real or suspected, was regularly investigated. Striking workers were labeled as "Reds" and were warned they were subject to arrest for subversion.

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