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Oceanside Police Department (CA) (Images of America)
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About the Oceanside Police Department

Oceanside is a beach community located 45 miles north of San Diego in California. The Police Department serves Oceanside's population of more than 170,000. The department has 174 sworn and 90 non-sworn employees and handles approximately 120,000 calls for service each year.


Their motto, "Service With Pride", speaks to their focus of quality customer service and efficient service. According to their website, “We are committed to public safety and to implementing innovative crime prevention techniques to ensure a safe and healthy community. Our proven success is evident in the continuing decline of the city's crime rate, which hit a 10-year low in 2000, and in the positive customer satisfaction survey results.”





Matthew J. Lyons, a corporal on the Oceanside Police Department (California) and former Marine is the author of Oceanside Police Department.  According to the book description, “The Oceanside Police Department has provided a century of service to a community that has grown from a small seaside resort—doubling as a bedroom community for the U.S. Marine Corps’s nearby Camp Pendleton—into a city of more than 170,000 people. City marshals patrolled Oceanside from 1888 to 1906, and it is indicative of the city’s formative years that the first lawman, former Texas Ranger Charlie Wilson, was also the first to be killed in the line of duty.


The photographs in this remarkable collection inventory the department’s past, covering the administrations of city marshal J. Keno Wilson (Charlie Wilson’s brother), Chiefs Charles Goss, Ward Ratcliff, and others. Showcased are images from the archives of the Oceanside Police Department and the collection of Delores Davis Sloan, the daughter of former captain Harold B. Davis, Oceanside’s top cop of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.”


Matthew J. Lyons has donated the royalties from his book to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund.

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