NOVEMBER 17, 1941
Front Row L-R: Russel Kelly, H. Wayne Nettles, Bill Nettles, Alwin Becker
2nd Row L-R: John Long, Frank Myrick, Thomas J. Parker, Chas Cain
DECEMBER 16, 1941
OCTOBER 1942
JANUARY 8, 1946 GRADUATION
Front Row L-R: Joseph F. Goldman, Walter G. Keyes, Carrel Pease, Ralph H. Lipps, Edward Dieckmann Jr.
2nd Row L-R: Fernando Erquiaga, William H. Harrison, Albert M. Cota, Charles Tofflemire
3rd Row L-R: Frank Schmidt, Leroy Patterson, Gale L. Dunbar
OCTOBER 1945
FEBRUARY 1, 1946 GRADUATION
Front Row L-R: Fagrel, Ross, Alexader, Giles
2nd Row L-R: G.R Bills, Elwin "Bunny" Bunnell
MAY 1947
JANUARY 1948
JUNE 22, 1948 GRADUATION
Front Row L-R: F.M. Nelbet, G.P. Mitchell, W.L. Erbe, J.L. Lowrey, R.G. Seggett, F.C. Tepel
2nd Row L-R: H. Jackson, A.C. Tallbot, C.B. Peterson, N.G. Andrews, Gordon Pledger
NOVEMBER 6, 1948 GRADUATION
FEBRUARY 1950 GRADUATION
DECEMBER 1950 GRADUATION
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When it came to training, the very first SDPD officers had little more than a few words of advice from senior officers when they began their careers.

Internationally reknowned police reformer August Vollmer suggested SDPD establish a police academy as far back as 1927 but the city would hear nothing of it due to the cost.

That began to change when, in 1932, the SDPD began its first formal police school.
By the end of the 1930's, Sergeant Robert J. Karrow was teaching law and criminal procedure to officers on his Ocean Beach Substation squad.

Smaller, semi formal formal classes called academies were held as early as 1941 however WWII prevented them from maturing into what they needed to be.  Karrow would later be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and placed in charge of the first offical, routinely scheduled, police school in 1945. The school was three weeks long. Today, the police academy is almost six months.