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Police Organization and Management (University Casebook Series)
V. A., Ph.D. Leonard  More Info
Police of the Twentieth Century
V. A. Leonard  More Info
Police science for the young American,
V. A Leonard  More Info
Police Organization and Management
V. A. And More, Harry W. Leonard  More Info
Police personnel administration,
V. A Leonard  More Info
Police traffic control,
V. A Leonard  More Info
The police communications system,
V. A Leonard  More Info
Police pre-disaster preparation,
V. A Leonard  More Info
Survey of the Seattle Police Department
V. A Leonard  More Info
The police enterprise;: Its organization and management,
V. A Leonard  More Info
Memories of August Vollmer
v. A Leonard  More Info
Academy lectures on lie detection (Police science series)
V. A Leonard  More Info
Police Detective Function
V.A. Leonard  More Info
The general administration of criminal justice, (Police science series)
V. A Leonard  More Info
Police crime prevention,
V. A Leonard  More Info
The police, the judiciary, and the criminal,
V. A Leonard  More Info

According to Academic Politics and the History of Criminal Justice Education, “between 1925 and 1932, V.A. Leonard was a part-time student at the University of California and a full-time police officer in the Berkeley Police Department.  In 1933, a mixture of economic and academic problems forced Leonard to return to his home in Texas where he spent a year working on his book, The Police Communication System (1937).  He then settled into his new job as Superintendent of Identification in the Fort Worth Police Department.  While he worked his way through the ranks in the police department, Leonard earned a BA and Masters in Criminology and Public Administration.”  In 1941, he applied for a position as chief of police of the Pasadena Police Department. While waiting for a decision on that job, Leonard was approached by August Vollmer to head a new police program at Washington State College.”


V.A. Leonard founded Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honor’s society, in 1942. He received his Ph.D. in Criminology and Public Administration.  The V.A. Leonard Scholarship was established in 1982 in honor and recognition of Dr. Leonard’s leadership and hard work in the field of Criminal Justice.  V. A. Leonard is the author or co-author of 16 books: Police Organization and Management; Police of the Twentieth Century; Police Science for the Young American; Police Organization and Management; Police Personnel Administration; Police Traffic Control; The Police Communications System; Police pre-disaster Preparation; Survey of the Seattle Police Department; The Police Enterprise: It’s Organization and Management; Memories of August Vollmer; Academy Lectures on Lie Detection; Police Detective Function; The General Administration of Criminal Justice; Police Crime Prevention; and, The Police, the Judiciary, and the Criminal.


According to the description of Police Organization and Management, “This work describes the basic tenets of organization theory and applies them to the police setting. It describes the problems of integrating the individual into the organization, responding to change through community policing, motivation, leadership, and productivity.”

About the Berkeley Police Department:

The City of Berkeley was incorporated in 1878. The City was policed by a elected town Marshal. In addition the Marshal was assisted by elected Constables. Through these years the Marshal and Constables mostly served papers and seldom arrested without a warrant. Crime increased through the turn of the century. In 1905, August Vollmer was elected town Marshal. In 1909, he was appointed as this City's first Chief of Police. Chief August  Vollmer was instrumental in organizing this department, creating what we now call a "Code of Ethics", which included eliminating the acceptance of gratuities, rewards or favors."   Chief August Vollmer demanded a high level of honesty, efficiency, interest and hard work by his officers. This has continued to this day, which has been the foundation for our world wide reputation in the law enforcement field.


Chief August Vollmer is considered by some as the father of modern day law enforcement. His progressive thinking and use of new innovations in law enforcement became the foundation that our department has built on. Some of the early innovations by Chief Vollmer and this department were: In 1906, the department installed a basic records system (One of the first in the United States); In 1906, installed the first Modus Operandi (MO) System; In 1907, first use of scientific investigation (Kelinschmidt case - analysis of blood, fibers and soil).; In 1907, the department's police school was established. It included instruction from professors on such subjects as the law and evidence procedures. This was the first school of its kind in the world and had a far reaching effect on law enforcement; In 1911, organized the first Police Motorcycle Patrol; In 1913, changed to automobiles for patrolling; In 1916, Chief Vollmer established the first School of Criminology at University of California, at Berkeley. Chief Vollmer became a strong advocate of college educated police officers; In 1918, began using intelligence tests in recruiting police officers; In 1920, the first lie detector instrument was developed at University of California and used by our department; In 1921, began using a psychiatric screening in recruitment; In 1923, the first Junior Traffic Police Program was established; In 1924, established one of the first single fingerprint systems; In 1925, established our first Crime Prevention Division and hired the first Police Woman.





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