DETECTIVE SERGEANT JOHN WALLACE CLOUD
BADGE 21, 68 & 289
SDPD 03/01/1918 - 03/31/1938
06/20/1894 - 03/15/1947
John W. Cloud is a landmark figure in SDPD history. 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 officer's, Major League Baseball had not yet been integrated and blacks in the United States Military
could only serve as cooks and stewards.
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Promoted to Det. Sgt 01/17/1935