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Lollipop Murders
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Raptor's Revenge
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Die, Mother Goose, Die
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The Twister
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Death Whispers
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About the San Diego Police Department

Prior to 1889, law enforcement in San Diego was handled by city marshals and constables. Between 1845 and 1850, the town was under military control. In 1850, the state senate drew up a charter providing for a five-man city council assisted by a marshal, an attorney, an assessor and a treasurer. The voters chose Agostin Haraszthy as both sheriff and marshal.


The frontier lawman was patrolman, detective, criminologist, jailor, process server, clerk and executioner. His first requirement was raw courage. Hedepended upon the gun on his hip to back up his orders. His first interest was in keeping alive and bringing the culprit to justice, dead or alive.


In 1850, the council decided to build a town jail. Two bids were received, one from the Israel brothers for $3,000 and the other from Haraszthy for $5,000. Because Haraszthy's father was president of the council, Haraszthy got the contract -- bankrupting the city. Four hours after the first prisoner was incarcerated, he dug his way through the wall with a pocket knife.


The city eventually purchased a cage and put its first escape-proof jail in the Old Town Plaza. In 1871, the jail was moved to the location of the present county courthouse at Front and C Streets in new San Diego.


The metropolitan San Diego Police Department was established May 16, 1889. On June 1 of that year, Joseph Coyne, the city marshal, was appointed the first chief of police.


The first police uniform consisted of derby hats, coats with high collars and badges with seven-point stars. Chief Coyne was paid $125 a month, his officers $100 a month; they worked 12-hour days, seven days a week. In 1895 shifts were reduced to eight hours -- but salaries also dropped: $25 a month. Mounted patrolmen furnished their own horses, but did receive $100 a month for feed and care of their animals. The modern mounted patrol began in 1934 in Balboa Park. It was abolished in 1948, but was re-established in 1983 and remains active today.


Among other milestones: Harry Vandeberg was the first detective (1907); W. E. Hill was the department's first motorcycle officer (1909); the first traffic signal was installed around 1920 at Fifth Avenue and Broadway (it was manually controlled by an officer who stood in the center of the intersection); the crime lab was established in 1939; patrol cars got one-way radios in 1932, two-way radios four years later; and the first reserves appeared on the scene in 1942.


The first police headquarters was in City Hall at Fifth Avenue and G Street. Several moves later, the department relocated at Dead Man's Point, named because of its use as a burial place for sailors and marines during the charting and surveying of San Diego Bay. The department remained there -- at 801 West market Street -- until 1987, when it moved into its current seven-story headquarters building at 1401 Broadway.





Jim Malloy, a retired captain from the San Diego Police Department, has over 28 years of law enforcement experience.  As a police officer he worked patrol and traffic; as a sergeant he worked motorcycle patrol.  After promotion to Captain he was the commanding officer of the central and southeast division, SWAT and other administrative positions.  Upon retirement he founded his own private investigations firm in San Diego. 


Jim Malloy is a graduate of the FBI academy and has a BS in criminal law.  He hold advanced California POST certificates and has served as a law enforcement consultant to other law enforcement agencies including in Spain.  Jim Malloy is the author of five novels: Death Whispers; Die Mother Goose Die; Lollipop Murders; Raptor’s Revenge; and, The Twister.


According to the book description of Death Whispers, “With his brother dead, It was his responsibility as head of the family to set things right.  Gabriel, nicknamed the Ghost, was pure Cajun protecting his younger brother and sister since age eleven in the swamps of the bayou. Taught to survive by an old Choctaw Indian, he seeks justice for his brother with his bow and arrow. Sergeant Jack Delaney, head of the Doom squad, is stumped. This was a first. Why were these males, seemingly unrelated, showing up with arrows stuck in their heads.  Why is the CIA and FBI so interested and why should he be afraid? The hunter is hunted.”


According to the book description of Raptor's Revenge, “It is Elizabeth's England and the saga of Jamey, fourteen years old, returning home to find his whole family murdered. Vowing revenge, he begins his quest with his only clue, a ring left by the killers. His adventures take him to sea and the Spanish Main as a privateer. Jamey, now twenty-four, preys on Spanish ships earning the title "El Raptor" and sails to Jamaica to find the killer. There, he discovers his true love but is captured and turned over to the inquisition. They escape and intercept the killer's ship resulting in a sea battle and duel.”

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