DETECTIVE SERGEANT GEORGE R. COOLEY
BADGE 30, 33 & 205
SDPD 01/15/1912 - 1939
1887 - 02/29/1944
The son of a deputy city marshal and former SDPD sergeant, Detective Sergeant Cooley made a name for himself in the detective bureau with a number of high profile arrests. Among those, was the 1929 shootout and apprehension of a bank robbery team known as "The Black and White Bandits" who had robbed 19 banks across Southern California.
Detective Sergeant Cooley, along with a squad of other officers, engaged the robbers in a gunfight before ultimately arresting the two men.
One of the firearms used by the bandits, a 1917 era, .45 Smith and Wesson revolver, is now owned by the San Diego Police Museum.