DETECTIVE SERGEANT JOHN WALLACE CLOUD
BADGE 68 & 289
SDPD 03/01/1918 - 03/31/1938
06/20/1894 - 03/15/1947
John W. Cloud is a landmark figure in the history of the San Diego Police Department. Hired as a Chauffer in 1918, he soon transitioned into the sworn officer ranks and eventually became the SDPD's first Black Sergeant.
For a prospective on America at the time he was promoted and supervising White Officers, Major League Baseball had not yet been integrated and blacks in the United States Military could only serve as cooks and stewards.