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Voices from the bottom of the world;: A policeman's journal
T. Mike Walker  More Info

The Butterfly Bride
T. MIke Walker  More Info

Respect: Hippy High School in the Summer of Love
T. Mike Walker  More Info

About the San Francisco Police Department

In his inaugural address in August 1849, John Geary, the first elected alcalde (mayor/judge) in Gold Rush San Francisco, reminded the newly elected council that the town was "without a single policeman…. [or] the means of confining a prisoner for an hour."


On August 13 the council selected Malachi Fallon as San Francisco's first Captain (Chief) of Police. Fallon in turn appointed a deputy captain, three sergeants and 30 officers to comprise the first regular municipal police department in American San Francisco.


Today, the San Francisco Police Department is a large metropolitan police department which is organized into four bureaus: Administration, Field Operations, Investigations and Airport.


The Administration Bureau provides support for the other bureaus of the San Francisco Police Department and is frequently the liaison with other city agencies as well as the Board of Supervisors.  The Administration Bureau of the San Francisco Police Department has a number of units and divisions: Behavioral Science Unit, Staff Services Division, Fiscal Division, Support Services Division, Planning Division, Technology Division, Risk Management, and the Training and Education Division.


The Field Operations Bureau contains the Headquarters, fugitive Recovery Enforcement Team, Metro Division, Golden Gate Division, Homeland Security Unit, Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving and Traffic Company.  The Investigative Bureau is organized into five divisions by crime or specialty: Forensic Services, Property Crimes, Personal Crimes, Juvenile and Family Services and Narcotics and Vice. 




In 1962 T. Mike Walker received his MA in Language Arts and Creative Writing. He was an associate editor for Etc. Magazine of General Semantics from 1963-65, and taught Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. He worked his way through college as a police officer for the San Francisco Police Department. In 1969, his novel, Voices From The Bottom of the World: A Policeman's Journal, was published.  


In Voices, the story of a rookie police officer is told through a journal he keeps.  According to the book description, “The book opens with a description of Danny's training at the Police Academy and his indoctrination into the rituals of sanctioned force. Then, as a rookie cop on the beat, he relates his experiences, his sometimes ludicrous and almost tragic mistakes, the gradual loss of his naiveté, and the disintegration of his marriage. He is then assigned to help guard the stadium at the Monterey Jazz Festival—during this sunny interlude he lives in a dream world of music and sex. The journal ends with Danny's duty in the Misdemeanor section of the city prison, where he slowly learns to become indifferent, and even brutal, to the prisoners, absorbing the idea of violence almost without realizing what is happening to him.”


T. Mike Walker’s other books are Respect: Hippy High School in the Summer of Love and The Butter Fly Bride.

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