James Murphy of the American Trust Co., William
Schoppe of the National Auto Theft Bureau, Captain
McDonald of San Francisco and Chief Theuer was work-
ing on this project and probably would he able to make a
report at the next meeting which will be held in Septem-
ber at Ferrantes, Los Gatos with Chief R. M. PhilHps
Deputy Sheriff John Greening of Alameda gave a short
report on the very unsatisfactory radio problems and
urged all to keep in touch with this important matter.
Ray Meyers, president of the Northern California
Police Communications Association and superintendent of
communications for the Vallejo Police Department, said
every important law enforcement officer in this end of
the state should become a member of the Association and
attend ever>' meeting for the time has come when only
by unity can the law enforcement agencies get a fair break
with the allocation of channels.
Al Rhine of San Francisco, whose ability as a legerde-
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POLICE COMMUNICATION OFFICERS
Ray Meyers, President
A. R. Tagga'RT, Secretary-Treasurer
NCPCOA Have Big Time At August Meet
It was quite a meeting at El Nido Ranch a top spot on
the Tunnel Strip out of Lafayette, at noon August 12.
It was the regular monthly meeting of the Northern Cali-
fornia Police Communication Officers' Association, but
the members of that organization had nothing to do with
Back row, 1. to. r. — Director George W. Hipp.ly, Cliicf Donald
Wood, Chief Walter Wisnom, Fire Chief J. C. Hagcrty. Fire
Chief V. D. Van Saiit. Kneeling -Rox Pcnlon, President Ray
Myers and Scrg. Charles Simfson.
the arrangements and the wonderful time over 60 men
enjoyed. It was a meeting arranged, paid for and designed
to reduce any of the Associations regular business to a
bare minimum, by the commercial concerns who deal in
material used in one, two and three way radio, utilized by
peace officers throughout the nation, particularly in
There were present some 1 5 representatives of commer-
cial concerns which had ,ill chipped in to show their
appreciation of the business the members of the Associa-
tion has built up for their c<impanies over the years. Some
24 of these latter participated in making the affair the
grand success it was, and while their friendly rivalry
throughout the years is well known they all got together
for this one, on the kindliest of terms.
As the guests arrived they were given handfuls of
tickets good for refreshments at the wonderful bar of EI
Nido Rancho, then at 1 p.m. they were invited to parade
around the beautifully decorated tables, laden with every
delicacy for which the smorgasbord is noted, and many of
the boys came back for second helpings.
There was swimming in the beautiful pool for those
who desired, and the management of El Nido w^ent all out
to work with the commercial boys to see that nothing was
left undone that would contribute to the gaiety of the
After stowing away more food than they had ever done
at one meal in years past, the meeting was called to order
by President Ray Meyers of the Vallejo Police Department,
who said the business would be cut as much as possible,
and also announced that Secretary A. R. Taggart of Oak-
land was tied up in a court case and would not be able to
be present. George Burton of the Martinez Sheriff's
office took over Taggart "s job.
President Meyers thanked the commercial concerns for
this outstanding event and he introduced several of the
guests present, including Chief of Police Walter Wisnom,
of Hillsborough, and president of the Bay Counties Peace
C)fficers' Association, Chief Donald Wtxid of San Anselmo,
Fire Chiefs V. D. Van Sant of Napa and J. C. Hagerty of
Watsonville, director of Communications George Hip-
pley, Captain John J. Hartnctt of Burlingame, Chief of
Department of Electricity G. C. Osborn, and his assistants,
D. O. Townsend and H. L. Bogardus, Ray Gada of
Modesto Sheriffs office, B. M. McMurphy Alameda
Sheriff's office, Merrill LaBcKuf, of Marysville, Serg. C. E.
Simpson of Monterey, Officer Edward Pence of San
Mateo, J. D. Hossack CHP, Walter Harrington of San
Mateo County and Ralph Moore of Piedmont.
He said progress was being made in getting Chiefs of
Police, Sheriffs and other executives in law enforcement
agencies more vitally interested in the work of the Associ-
ation. He also stated that soon the name would be changed
to something more appropriate.
He said plans were being worked on to hold a joint
meeting of the Northern California Police Communication
Officers' Association with the Bay Counties Peace Officers'
Association. This will be a big thing for both organizations.
Mansfield Lewis of Marin Sheriff's office, Walter Har-
rington, Brower McMurphy, Bud Hossack, Chief Wood
and Ralph Moore all had some important things to pre-
sent, then President Meyers called on Rox D. Penlon to
take over for the hosts of the meeting. This Rox Penlon is
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State Peace Officers Meet in Santa Monica
October 27 to 30, Inclusive
The 1948 convention of the Peace Officers' Association
of the State of CaHfornia will be held October 27, 28,
29 and 30, in Santa Monica. Chief J, H. McClelland
will be host and he has gont all out to make this year's
meeting a big success.
Prksident H. p. (Jack) Gli-ason
The famed resort beach city has many things to otter
those from other points in the state, particularly those
from Central and Northern California, and Chief Mc-
Clelland has made them all available to the members and
guests on this occasion.
Sheriff H. P. (Jack) Gleason, of Alameda county,
president of the association, will call the meeting to order
on the morning of October 27 and from then on a pro-
gram consisting of addresses by outstanding men on sub-
jects important to all law enforcement agencies will be
presented at the forenoon and afternoon session.
Panel discussions of vaarious topics, by well known and
active members, and dealing with various phases of the
work of the peace officers of California, will be held
during the twice daily gatherings.
The delegates will he welcomed by the Mayor and
Chief McClelland. Governor Earl Warren, a member
in good standing and who has attended all meetings of
the Association since he was an assistant District Attorney
of Alameda county and Lieutenant Governor Goodwin J.
Knight are down for prominent parts of the program.
Former Chief Charles W. Dullea, past president and
current president of I. A. C. P., and now on the State
Adult Authority Board, with Mrs. Dullea, will be on hand,
and the former president will contribute to the proceedings
of the convention.
Captain and Mrs. Bernard J. McDonald will also be
present. The Captain is head of important committees.
Chief Michael E. Mitchell and Captain of Inspectors
James English of San Francisco will be attending their
first convention since being elevated to their present high
Chief John Holstrom, of Berkeley, Chief Howard Zink,
of Palo Alto, and Deputy Sheriff John J. Greening, of
Alameda county, with their wives, will be at the conven-
tion, they miss none of them, and all are on various com-
mittees, particularly John Greening, who heads the im-
portant radio communications committee which is vitally
interested in getting a break for law enforcement agencies
from the federal government, in two and three-way radio.
There will be a delegation of all Peninsula Police Chiefs
and Chief James Hicks of Sacramento and other important
peace officers from the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys
will make the trip southward.
Beside Sheriff Gleason the other officers of the Associa-
First Vice President — Chief Raymond T. Wallace,
Second Vice President — Sheriff Daniel Murphy, San
Third Vice President — Chief John Holstrom, Berkeley.
Fourth Vice President — Sheriff Donald Cox, Sacra-
Sergeant-at-arts — Chief Joseph Corby, Kings City.
Acting Secretary-Treasurer — Deputy Sheriff John
Greening of Alameda.
With the death this summer of former Chief James
Drew of Oakland, who has been the secretary-treasurer
for so many years, there is a vacancy the association will
be called upon to fill at the Santa Monica meet. It will
not be an easy matter to get a member who can give so
much of experience, energy and ability as Jim Drew gave
during the years he served so faithfully in the most im-
portant office of the organization.
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ended this October.
RULING ON REDUCED POLICE HOURS
A ruhng that the Police Commission has the power
to reduce the working hours of San Francisco police officers
hclow the present 44-hour week was handed down recently
by City Attorney John J. O'Toole.
Request for the ruling was made by Police Chief Mike
Mitchell and Supervisor Patrick J. McMurray.
O'Toole made it clear, however, that there is "nothing
in this opinion to indicate the Commission has unlimited
jX)wers in reducing the hours of service of police officers."
"Commonsensc will dictate the fact that a police officer
must give a reasonable day's service for a reasonable day's
pay," the ruling read.
"If there is no abuse of the discretion vested in the
Commission ... it has power to provide for a shorter
working week, provided it does not interfere with the
duties of a member of the department which the law
expects such a member to perform."
The fact that most all other metropolitan Police Dc
partmcnts operate under a 40-hour week, and many
smaller cities throughout the state enjoy the same short-
ened working periods, has given the San Francisco Police
Department reasons to make the move. The hours now
are 45 per week. A member of the Department gets one
day off one week and two days off the following week.
It is likely that nothing definite will be done to install
MORE PAY FOR B. OF I. DETAIL HEADS
San Francisco's Captain of Inspectors James English
has submitted to Police Commissioners J. Warnock 'Walsh,
H. C. Maginn and Washington I. Kohnke a proposal to
increase the salaries of eight Inspectors who have charge
of important details in the Bureau of Inspectors.
Captain English has the support of Chief Michael
Mitchell in this move.
The proposal, as outlined by Captain English, would
raise the pay of the eight inspectors $30 a month, from
$370 to $400. "This would be comparable to the pay of
a lieutenant" and would be commensurate with "their
responsibilities," he claims.
The inspectors involved in the pay raise proposal would
be those in charge of these details; burglary, auto theft,
homicide, robbery, jeneral works, hotel, bunco and thefts
To justify the pav raise in the case of some of the
smaller details. Captain English said a number of squads
would be combined so the head would have greater su-
Combinations would be ■ waterfront and burglary; hotel,
federal and stock and bond; and pawnshop and depart-
He said all details would retrain their individuality
under the proposal, no men would be transferred, but
each combination would occupy the same office and a
single head would r'^port to the Captain of Inspectors.
"It would cut down administrative details," Captain
MIGHTY DIM HUMOR THIS STUNT
Several very disappointed persons were left in the wake
of pranksters who are again operating in this area, the
Better Business Bureau has announced. The practical
jokers are telephoning to individuals to say that they
have just won a prize of several hundred dollars given in
connection with a local radio program. In order to win
the prize, however, the individual must appear at the radio
station within ten minutes. Several persons have rushed
to a local radio station only to find that no one there knows
anything about the prize or the program on which it was
This trick has been played on San Franciscans off and
on for more than a year, the Better Business Bureau re-
vealed, but was suddenly revived.
According to Muriel Tsvctkoff. General Manager of
the Bureau, anyone receiving such a telephone call should
contact his station immediately to determine whether or
not the call is bona fide.
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Earl Dierking Now a Constable
Former Chief Earl Dierking, who after serving eight
years as head of the Vallejo PoHce Department and who
was removed by the City Manager and City Council
last June, is back in the law enforcement business again,
much to the happiness of his many friends in California.
Vallejo Township's New Constable.
On September 7 at a meeting of the Board of Super-
visors of Solano county the former chief was appointed
constable for the Vallejo township by a unanimous vote
of the members of the board.
Vallejo has two constables, the other being Albert
Bowman. Dierking succeeds H. M. Stark.
He will assume his new duties on October 1 5 .
The former Chief of Vallejo will attend the annual
meeting, at Santa Monica, in October, of the State Peace
Officers Association and will under his new appointment
continue as vice president of the Bay Counties Peace
Officers Association of which he has been a member for
Constable Dierking leaves an outstanding record as Chief
of the Vallejo Police Department. Few small cities in
the United States were posed with so much activities
brought on by World War II. Yet throughout all those
years Vallejo enjoyed the fine reputation of a well policed
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commendations from top officials of the navy, array and
others engaged in winning the war.
With Vallejo teeming with over 100,000 people,
thousands of whom came from the four corners of America
there were no crime outbreaks. The newcomers were
cared for and the too small Police Department rendered
yeoman service, night and day.
His appointment to the important post of Constable
for his township is a well-earned reward for the faithful
service he rendered the people of Vallejo and the tens
of thousands of transient workers engaged in defense
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The Pacific States Championship
The yearly pistol gymkhana was staged on July 16, 17
and 18 at the usual stamping grounds of the S. F. Police
Pistol Range and was one of the goofiest tournaments
we ever attended — or heard tell of. Everything happened
that never happened before at any pistol tournament yet
with it all ten new records were established by some of
our outstanding western gunslingers. Those in the record
breaking class were Emmett Jones of the L. A. Police
Department, Bob Chow, Gloria Norton, Quentin Brooks,
Paul Knepp and Ken Kolb of the State Highway Patrol.
(It might be well to tell you that Quent Brooks and Bob
Chow are now in London representing the United States
on the Olympic Team.) The battle-royal started off Fri-
day morning with a bang (and we don't mean that as a
pun, either) and the 240 entrants banged away at those
targets for three solid days till the hills re-echoed and
the waters churned on the lake with the reverberations
of the firing. Colonel Charley Rau, recently a benedict,
was the official referee and wc saw him swallowing aspirin
tablets by the bottle during, and after, the matches because
of the unusual situations he was called upon to decide.
Solomon, in all his ViJiseness, never had such decisions to
make. Take for instance the case of Paul Knepp who was
shooting his .45 in the center-fire slow-fire match set a
new civilian record of 198. The referee then sees that the
.45 record was also broken at this time and so announced
to the assembled gossoons. The big question now is "will
the NRA allow it?" Most of us think it should be allowed
but then there is that awful suspense till wc actually find
out. Did he break two records with one shooting or does
he just get credit for the center-fire match? See what
And that ain't but a part of it. A record would be
broken on the first relay and rebroken on the third relay
and by the time the fourth relay rolled around that would
be broken again. A guy never knew whether or not he
was a record holder or just another shooter having fun.
Take another one. In the .45 Camp Perry Course,
Ralph Kline, the shooting "T" man, just shot a blistering
295 with two possibles and a 95 for a 295 new record.
But wait! Along comes Bob Chow who also shoots a 295
with a possible, a 99 and a 96 for a 295. The 96 rapid-
fire crcedmors Ralph out of the record. Don't ask Ralph
about it as his feelings are hurt. Wouldn't yours be, too?
Just a couple of zany incidents of the matches.
Lt. Emmett Jones, that shootin' Los Angeles cop, dupli-
cated his feat of last year and won again but believe you
us, it wasn't all smcxith sailing as Quent Brooks was on
his trail all the way and it was just in the last match that
Emmett pulled out in front to stay. His grand total was
3193, which is some shooting in any man's league. Fol-
lowing closely, or we should say "shoving," Emmett, was
Quent Brooks with a 3188 for a second place while Bob
Chow was in the third spot with at 3149.
LihUT. Emmktt Jones of LAPD
Harold Churchman of Los Angeles and Ed Walmsley
of the Seattle Police Department tied for first place in the
.22 timed-fire match, each with a 199. This made it neces-
sary to check the targets to see the poorest shot to deter-
mine second choice. Both targets showed a 9 in the same
place and it was finally decided to toss a coin. No kidding,
folks, the damn coin came down and stood on edge! Now
you see what we mean when we say it was a gooty
The Kern County Highway Patrol carried its rivalry
with the Kern County Deputy Sheriff's Auxiliary team
up to our fair city with Jack McCabe spouting what he
was gonna do at the matches. Poor Jack will never live
down his verbal declarations as he was about the only
man on both teams who didn't qualify for hardware.
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Captain W. F. Day, of the Seattle Police Department,
had his symposium of shooters along with Hank Koschak,
Jack Steele, Herb Walmsley and Dan Tuohey making up
the team. This group, while they made an excellent show-
ing, were not good enough to beat that tough gang from
the Los Angeles Police Department team who took every
team event on the schedule.
One of the outstanding successes of the tournament
was the number of new members annexed for the Siesta
Club. On Sunday morning the club garnered 16 members
without even trying and for the three days the ranks of
the famous club hit the 40 mark. How many there were
that didn't mention their "siesta" we cannot tell — but there
certainly must have been a few.
With the tournament out of the way the S. F. Police
Range and its personnel, headed by Range Master Emil
Dutil, must again be congratulated for their splendid
work in giving the pistol shooters another outstanding
Pacific States Pistol Tournament.
Space will not allow us to print the scores of the various
classes in each match so we will compromise by giving out
with the winning scores for each match.
1 — .45 Caliber Championship Team Match L. A. Police Department 1101
2 — Individual .45 Slow-Fire Match Bob Chow 185*
3 — Individual .45 Timed-Fire Match...- Emmett Jones 199
4 — Individual .45 Rapid-Fire Match Emmett Jones 196
5— Camp Perry Police Course .45 Cal Bob Chow 295*
6 — Individual .45 National Match Emmett Jones 284
7 — .45 Aggregate Match Emmett Jones 1149
8 — .22 Caliber Championship Team Match L. A. Police Department 1156
9 — Individual .22 Slow-Fire Match Emmett Jones 192
10— Individual .22 Timed-Fire Match Basil Starkey 200
11— Individual .22 Rapid-Fire Match Dick O'Connell 198
12— Individual .22 National Match Quent Brooks 295
1.^ — Center-Fire Championship Team Match L. A. Police Department 11.^2
14— .22 Aggregate Match Quent Brooks 882
15 — Individual Center-Fire Camp Perry Kenneth Kolb 298
16 — Individual C. F. Slow-Fire Match Quent Brooks 190
17— Individual C. F. Timed-Fire Match Kenneth Kolb 199
18— Individual C. F, Rapid-Fire Match Paul Knepp 198*
19 — Center-Fire National Match Mark Pope 290
20— C. F. Camp Perry PoHce Course L. A. Police Department 1172
21 — Center-Fire Aggregate Match Quent Brooks 1167
22 — .22 and C. F. Championship Aggregate Quent Brooks 2049
2? — Grand Aggregate, All Around Championship Emmett Jones .3193
Inter Departmental Championship
On Saturday, July 10th, 1948, the annual Police Inter-
Departmental matches were held at the San Francisco
Police Range with 41 teams entered and 159 individual
shooters trying for those first place medals and other
prizes. As you walked along the firing lines during the
match is was easily seen that those men were out there
shooting for honors, really, the enthusiasm was there 100
per cent. Even though some of the teams were shooting
with only two or three men they were doing their darndest
with what they had. There will be three such tournaments
this year. The finals will be on Saturday, September 25.
The rules will be about the same as last year's matches with
each company allowed to enter teams of four members, a
manager and a captain, who may or may not, be members
of the firing team. Matches start promptly at noon and
NRA rules will prevail throughout the whole tournament.
Individual members must make their own entries and for
the purpose of medal awards competitors will be classified
on the basis of their scores fired in 1947. with the un-
classified competitors being placed in the Expert division
for the first match.
Suitable trophies and medals will be awarded to the