This 1929 arrest report is both politically incorrect and offensive. It hints at a far less professional time in policing.

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Despite almost a century of progress, many things remain the same when it comes to issues SDPD officers face.

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The 1940's booking photos are a collective of crooks arrested by SDPD officers during
the WWII era.

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A 1911 report into conditions at the San Diego City Jail detail hellish conditions.

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Transcript of a 1932 preliminary hearing on a charge of robbery. A facinating look at how early 20th century policework was done.

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A detailed report about sex for sale in the city of San Diego almost 100 years ago.

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A 1939 report from Chief of Detectives Harry J. Kelly regarding a 14 year old juvenile.

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Today, a murder investigation can span hundred's of pages of reports.
It wasn't always like that.

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Before mass communication, wanted posters were sent out via the US Mail and teletypes. In this case, the suspect was ultimately apprehended.

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This very rare wanted poster was across the Western US for the robbery and murder of a sheriff. The suspect was ultimately arrested and sentenced to life in prison.

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This 1912 newspaper article details how serial drunks were dealt with more than
100 years ago.

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A 1970 Riot in the Mountain View section of Southeast San Diego.

Great footage - no sound
Strange happenings more
than a century ago.

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One of the oldest known San Diego crime reports known to exist.

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In 1932 an SDPD officer shot and killed a robber. Comments made by a member of the City Council are one for the ages.


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May 1912. Police work has always been dangerous as illustrated by the attempted murders of Officers Henry C. Stevens
and Rollie M. Hedden

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