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Tony Alvarez
Ralph Askew
Dallas Barnes
Will Beall
Kathy Bennett
Brian S. Bentley
Hugh Binyon
Paul Bishop
Robert C. Bogison
James T. Born
Timothy Bowen
William Bratton
Pierce Brooks
Homer F. Broome
Robert M. Brunelle
James A. Bultema
Keith Bushey
John Caprarelli
Vincent Carter
Lynn "Buck" Compton
John Coyle
Clyde Cronkhite
Edward M. Davis
Joseph C. DeLadurantey
Connie Dial
Frank DiPaola
Jim Dougherty
William Dunn
Marvin G. Engquist
Gary Farmer
Bob Faulkner
Frank Hickey
Raymond E. Foster
Mark Fuhrman
Daryl F. Gates
A.C. Germann
Peter J. Gravett
D. E. Gray
Alfonso Richard Guerrero
Gayleen Hayes
Thomas J. Hays
Bill Heard
John Herlosky
Steve Hodel
Richard M. Holbrook
Robert Houghton
Max Hurlbut
Marvin Iannone
Louis Jackson
La Mont A. Jerrett
David Jones
Mike Krecioch
Jess Kimbrough
Stacey Koons
Tom Lange
Bill Larkin
Don Lucier
Benny Mares
Bobby R. Marshall
Adam Matkowsky
D. Clayton Mayes
Ronald M. McCarthy
Kip Meyerhoff
Michael Middleton
Jerry Minton
Tony Moreno
Paul G. Nelson
Tony Newsom
Michael A. Nichols
Gary Nila
Lloyd O'Callaghan
E. W. "Ted" Oglesby
John O'Grady
Fred Otash
Tom Owens
Thomas E. Page
William H. Parker
Edward L. Pinhey
Trinka Porrata
Lou Reiter
Steve C. Rose
Michael Rothmiller
Jack Schonely
Douglas Shuler
Michael Simonsen
Arthur W. Sjoquist
Gary Smith
Leon Smith
Dale W. Sprinkle
Charles Stoker
Daniel R. Sullivan
Phillip Vannatter
Robert L. Vernon
Jess Waid
William L. Walker
Joseph Wambaugh
Garth "Gary" Wean
Robert Wheeler
Richard B. Whitaker
Ruben Benjamin Whittington
William W. Wilhelm
Willie L. Williams

Selected books by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Police Officers.

Nogales Crossing
David R. Jones  More Info

Police Technology
Raymond E. Foster  More Info

Bravo November 283
Bill Heard  More Info

Hit the Streets!: The other side of the Badge
Steven C. Rose  More Info

Hollywood Station: A Novel
Joseph Wambaugh  More Info

In February 1955, the Los Angeles Police Department, through the pages of the internally produced BEAT magazine, conducted a contest for a motto for the police academy. The conditions of the contest stated that: “The motto should be one that in a few words would express some or all the ideals to which the Los Angeles police service is dedicated. It is possible that the winning motto might someday be adopted as the official motto of the Department.” The winning entry was the motto, “To Protect and to Serve” submitted by Officer Joseph S. Dorobek.


“To Protect and to Serve” became the official motto of the Police Academy, and it was kept constantly before the officers in training as the aim and purpose of their profession. With the passing of time, the motto received wider exposure and acceptance throughout the department. On November 4, 1963, the Los Angeles City Council passed the necessary ordinance and the credo has now been placed alongside the City Seal on the Departments patrol cars.

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