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Stay alive: How to street fight with a pistol
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The Sheriff's Department of Los Angeles County was formed in April, 1850. Elections for the office of Sheriff were held annually until 1882, when the term was increased to two years; in 1894 the term was increased to four years. The first Sheriff of Los Angeles County was George T. Burrill and his staff consisted of two Deputies.


Twenty-four men have served Los Angeles County as Sheriff since 1850: nineteen were elected and six were appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve the unexpired term of their predecessors. Two were killed in the line of duty. Of those appointed, four were re-elected to the office. The youngest man ever elected to the office of Sheriff was William B. Rowland, who was sworn in when he was 25 years old (in 1871), and was re-elected three times. The record for the longest consecutive service goes to Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz, who completed 51 years in the department, from deputy in 1907, to being appointed Sheriff in 1932 and then retiring in 1958. Our previous Los Angeles County Sheriff, Sherman Block, entered the department as a Deputy Sheriff in 1956 and continued up through the ranks until he was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to succeed Sheriff Pitchess in 1982. In June of 1982, Sheriff Block was elected to a full four year term as Sheriff of Los Angeles County.







Wayne R. Lippert is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis.  During his 4-1/2 year period he served on various small ships, including two tours on large minesweepers off the beaches of North Korea in that "forgotten war."  As executive officer he qualified for command, and did take temporary command of a minesweeper when the captain was no longer able to do so. 


After leaving the military he continued his life long interest in military history.  He expanded his interest further by going through the Sheriff's academy at the ripe age of 52.  He then served the Los Angles Sheriff’s Department as a reserve deputy Sheriff for 14 years.  This included time in patrol cars as well as doing horse patrols in the mountains.  He later worked at the pistol range.  He held the highest reserve classification for the State of California (Level One - Designated).  He was certified by the National Rifle Association as a police firearms instructor. He was a practicing C.P.A. in California for over 30 years.  Wayne Lippert is the author of Stay alive: How to street fight with a pistol.


According to Joseph J. Truncale, of the American Society of Law Enforcement Officers, “The author is clearly at odds with the goals and objectives of competition shooting as compared to survival shooting.  He feels that present police training does not focus enough on the type of shooting to survive on the streets.  Police trainers who have the responsibility to provide their officers with realistic and practical methods to survive on the street will want a copy of this very informative manual.”

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