was a goodly turnout of peace officers, dty officials and
friends of the Association.
Ferrante's went all out to see that ever>'one got all the
food they could handle, and it was well cooked and
served- in the manner that has made this spot a highly
favored one for years around the Bay area.
During courses President Walter Wisnom, Chief of
Hillsborough, called on Chief Phillips who welcomed the
peace officers and their guests. He presented Mayor
James Thompson of Los Gatos, Police Commissioner Col.
A. E. Merrill, City Attorney J. R. Hancock and other
municipal officers and members of his Police Department,
together x^ath Constable Feathers who is no stranger to
the member of the Association, having been Chief of
Police for four years when he resigned to go into business.
He was appointed Constable a year ago on October 1,
succeeding veteran Constable E. O. Woods who retired
Chief Wisnom called the names of Chiefs Fred E.
Penfold of Sunn>'vale and A. H. Excel! of Mountain
View, .-District Attorney Edward (Pat) Brown of San
Francisco, former police Commissioners Ward Walkup
and William P. Wobber, Chief Michael Mitchell and
Captain of Inspectors James English, Lieutenant Alvin
Nicolini, former Chief William Quinn and Director
George Hippely of San Francisco, Chief Melvin Flohr of
Santa Rosa with his City Manager E. W. Blum. He also
welcomed Sheriff James McGrath of San Mateo who was
present with his Chief Deput>' Walter Moore. Formei
Chief Earl Dieking of Vallejo, first vice president of the
Association, now a constable was presented and got a
Chief Donald Wood and his Mayor, A. W. Smith, were
also presented. Harr>' Wolters baseball coach for the
Universit>- of Stanford was attending a meeting for thi:
first time in months, and was heartily welcomed by Presi-
dent Wisnom and the members.
Coundlmen Peter Dahl, John J. Harper and Allan
Hunt were also asked to take a bow.
The Secretary-Treasurer, Captain Bernard McDonald,
did not get to read his minutes of the last meeting and
following the big lunch the meeting went into the business
of the Association.
Captain McDonald read a letter received from Gov-
ernor Earl Warren who is campaigning throughout the
nation for his election as Vice President of these United
States. This letter was in reply to a resolution of the
Association sent to the Governor congratulating him on
his selection as a candidate for the nation's second high-
Governor Warren is a charter member of the AssoÂ«a-
tion, having been present at its first meeting nearly 20
years ago. At that session when the Association came
into being there were Warren who then was District
Attorney of Alameda Count>', the late James Drew,
former Chief Bodie Wallman of Oakland, Former Chief
WilUam J. Quinn â€” who was selected as the first president
and served as presiding officer for eight years. The Gov-
ernor has maintained a lively interest in the Bay Counties'
Peace Officers' Association, as is refleaed in his letter
""Dear Captain Bernard J. McDonald:
â– "Thank you very much for the letter conveying the
congratulations of the Bay Counties' Peace Officers' Asso-
ciation. I appreciate their thoughtfulness and good will.
"I have enjoyed, ver>- much, the friendship and associa-
tion that have gro'w.Ti out of my membership. I want to
assure you that no matter where I may be I will continue
my interest in your work.
""Please extend to every officer and member my thanks
and best wishes. â€ž. ,
Sheriff Daniel Murphy reported that the committee on
by-laws and constitution he heads, expect to present a
full report at the next meeting.
Deput)' Sheriff John Greening of Alameda County's
Sheriff H. P. (Jack) Gleason's staff, made a report on
what is doing in the way of radio communications. He
said that the peace officers who have nothing to give the
pubhc but service in protecting their lives and propert>-
were meeting stiff opposition from various money-making
projects in their fight for adequate channels before the
FCC. He said a strong committee had been selected by
the radio ad\-isor>- hoard to appear before the FCC during
hearings extending from October 6 to 14.
He also said that Alameda's fine prison farm de\'eloped
by Sheriff Gleason as a training center for f>eace officers
has met wth great success, and this month new officers
throughout the Bay area will be given a basic training
course. It will be of two weeks duration and those sent
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Placerville And Its Police Department
A lot of people in this state know Placerville, El raising clearing through Placerville, the county seat, total
Dorado County, as a place formerly known as Hangtown,
because of the rugged justice dealt out in the gold rush
days following the discovery of gold at Coloma by John
W. Marshall, January 24, 1848, and that during that era
thousands of men swarmed to the district, many of them
$11,285,000 a year.
In fruit, pears are the leading product. This year
40,000,000 pounds of this choice fruit will have been
shipped out of Placerville by five packing plants. In this
pioneer city is located the largest pear packing plant in
PLACERVILLE'S POLICE DEPARTMENT
Left to right; Traffic Officer Albert Frcy. Officer Joseph S. Bagwill, Chief Marvin D. KiUian, Officers Adolph G. Adlcr and
Wallace L. Kikcr.
to become wealthy, some of them come to gather this
world's goods by dark and devious ways and where law
was something you found only in the dictionary.
But what most of this lot of people don't know is that
the pioneers of those times, a hundred years ago, built
the foundation for a small mountain city that today is
as law abiding as any community in this nation, the
center of great mining, lumber and fruit producing
Go up to Placerville, its did this writer, a few weeks
ago. You will have to go further to get a drink of strong
beverage than you have to go in cities of comparable size
in California, who before the late unlamented prohibition
era were dried up by ItKal option.
Fruit and vegetables, lumber, mining and live stock
the world. This is the Placerville Fruit Grower's Associa-
tion which for 1948 racked up a record of 21,000,000
pounds of pears packed in their packing houses located
in the city of Placerville.
Lumbering is the largest industry of the county, most
of which passes into Placerville. Last year $5,085,000
worth of this essential building and box making material
was shipped out of Placerville. This year within a
radius of 16 miles of the town 30,000,000 feet of lumber
will be produced under a planned cutting on all timber-
lands. The mills in El Dorado County don't leave a
desert after they get through felling trees. Only trees
of proper size, or trees decided upon for felling to relieve
crowding, are cut. These trees must be brought down
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UNDERSHERIFF GUY E. HEADLEE
Of Sheriff Jack Thornton's Staff, Solano County
Capt. Guy E. Headlee one of California's finest law
forcement officials this writer has had the pleasure of inter-
viewing, was bom in Mansfield, Missouri, the County
seat of Webster County, this being the county where
some of the South's worst criminals were tried and con-
Un'dersheriff Gly Headlee
victed of atrocious capital crimes in the little brick court
house which still stands as a landmark of the pioneer days.
This part of the country was some of the territory
where the Jesse James gang roamed at will and a law
enforcement officer had to be a pretty tough individual
to cope with the outlaws of those days gone by.
In 1910 the Headlee family moved to Seymour, Missouri
in the same region just twenty-six miles southeast of
Mansfield, also the home town of this writer and a great
sportsman's paradise, where in those days of our early
childhood almost any kind of wild game could be bagged
a stone's throw from your back door. There was an
abundance of possum, red and grey fox, bobcat, beaver,
mountain lion and let's not forget the little elusive cotton
tail bunny which gives the hunter some of his greatest
thrills. They were in abundance then and also gave us
kids some of our happiest after school hours. Gee it's
great to jump on an old brush pile and guess which way
the bunny is going to take off. There was also excellent
fishing, almost any kind, both lake and stream, some of
the world's finest trout are caught in the rivers and
streams of Missouri. The James river, behind the town
of Seymour is one of the excellent ones, and also where
kids like Guy and myself had the well known old swim-
ming hole, we didn't even know they made bathing suits
Seymour, Missouri, is located on the main line of the
Frisco railroad between Springfield, Missouri and Mem-
phis, Tennessee, six miles from Cedar Gap, the home
grounds of the country's outstanding religious camp meet-
ing, just a few miles further south lies Willow Springs
and Mountain Grove, the famous mountain and health
resort country, not to mention its famous caves and under-
Captain Headlee lived in the hill country until the
United States entered World War I, he then enlisted in
the army and spent his enlistment in England and France
until the Armistice was signed, November 11th, 1918.
He then returned to the good old United States and
migrated to California, taking up residence at Benicia,
across the Bay from San Francisco, where he worked in
the United States arsenal until 1931, at which time he
chose to be a law enforcement official. He then entered
the Benicia Police Department where he spent five and
one-half years so efficiently he was asked to join the
Solano County Sheriff's department in 1937 as a deputy
sheriff which post he held until 1943, then being promoted
to the rank of sergeant, until his appointment to Captain
in 1944, retaining this position until he was made Under
Sheriff by Sheriff Jack Thornton and given charge of the
Fairfield main office, which has one of the most modern
county jails in the States, if not the United States.
Vallejo also has the same type both being opened in May,
New County Jail of Solano County in Fairfield.
1946. At present they are accommodating about one
hundred and ten prisoners at both stations, the lowest
number in some time, this being a good indication of the
efficient work being done under the able guidance of
Sheriff Jack Thornton who took office in January, 1927.
Under Sheriff Headlee has nine county-owned cars and
seven personally-owned cars with two-way radio. They
also have access to 43 other cars of which 24 can receive
but not send.
Sheriff Headlee is married to Ruth Allison of Benicia.
Mrs. Headlee takes an active interest in her husband's work
and is head matron at the Fairfield County jail. They
have five girls which puts them on a par with the Eddie
Cantors. They are also rearing two other children, a boy
and a girl, whose father ran away, and the mother died.
Now who says police officials don't have a heart?
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HIGHLIGHTS OF UNIFORM FBI
January to June, 1948
In releasing the semi-annual bulletin, Unifonn Crime
Reports, covering the period from January through June,
1948, J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, pointed out the following pertinent facts:
Crimes in rural areas increased .1.8% in the first six
months of 1948 over the comparable period of 1947, with
larceny increasing 8.9Vf; burglary, 5.3%; murder, 1.7%
and aggravated assault, 0.2%. The following rural crimes
showed declines: rape, 9.J% : auto theft 7.6%; robber>',
7.5%; and negligent manslaughter, 4.8%.
Crimes in urban areas declined l.%8, with a decrease
of 12.7% being recorded for auto theft; 5.7%, negligent
manslaughter; 5.6%, robbery 2.3%', murder; 1.9%, burg-
lar>' and 0.4%, rape. In urban areas aggravated assault
increased 4% and larceny 0.6%.
Hold-up men took an average of $218 per robber>'
during the first six months of 1948, while the loot in the
average burglary was S125; in the average larceny $62;
and the average car stolen was valued at $848. The
police recovered 93.8% of the stolen cars and 21.5% of
other stolen property.
Sixty-seven city police employees were killed in line
of duty during 1947 for a fatality rate of 4.59 per
5,000,000 inhabitants. This is a much improved figure
over the 5.64 for 1946 hut not as good as the 4.06 recorded
Police employees numbered 1.83 per 1,000 inhabitants
in urban areas as of April 30, 1948.
The FBI received and examined 377,933 fingerprint
arrest records for violations of state and municipal laws
during the first six months of 1948. This number ex-
ceeded the 371,228 prints handled during the same period
of 1947 by 1.8%.
The 377,933 arrest records revealed that 279,054 were
white; 93,876 were Negroes; 3,228 were Indians, 275
Chinese; 160 Japanese and others totalled 1,340.
Of the total number of persons arrested 57.8% had
records of prior arrests.
More than 41% of the records examined during the
first half of 1948 represented arrests for major violations.
Persons charged with murder, robbery, assault, burglary,
larceny, and auto theft constituted 28.5% of the total
arrest records examined.
The arrest of men accounted for 340,130 of the records
tabulated, an increase of 2% over the first six months
The arrest of females declined from 37,825 in the first
half of 1947 to 37,803 during the first half of 1948, rep-
resenting a decrease of 0.1%.
Approximately one-half of all crimes against property
during the first half of 1948 were committed by persons
under 25 years of age.
Boys and girls under 21 years of age accounted for
16.1% of all arrests during the first six months of 1948.
Of all records received 21, 22, 23. 19, and 20 predom-
inated in that order.
In 1947 police made arrests in 800 of each 1,000 crimes
against the person and 256 of each 1,000 offenses against
The investigation of an average group of 1,000 major
crimes in 1947 resulted ultimately in the conviction of
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CHIEF PHILLIPS OF LOS GATOS
Back in 1943 Chief L. L. Feathers resigned as head of
the Los Gatos PoHce Department. The city council im-
mediately selected as his successor, Officer R. M. Phillips.
Chief Phillips was horn in San Luis Obispo but came
to Los Gatos as a boy and after getting himself an educa-
tion in the public schools drove a bus for some time. In
Chief R. M. Phillips
19J2 he joined the Los Gatos Police Department and
since that time he has had much to do with enforcing the
laws of his adopted city of some 5000 people.
Los Gatos has no industries but it has a lot of satisfied
residents who finds the climate of that section the best
on the coast, has scenic attractions unrivalled and its
gardens and flowers are marvels of productiveness and
beauty. Through the little city pours throughout the
years a heavy stream of automobiles going to or coming
from the many resorts of Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz
mountains. This summer a count was made of the auto-
mobiles that passed in all directions, at the city's main
crossing streets, Santa Cruz avenue and Main street.
The count was made on a Sunday and over 24,000 cars
were clocked. Yet with this heavy automotive traffic Los
Gatos enjoys a fine reputation for traffic safety. There
hasn't been a person killed in an accident for two years.
In crime the prosperous little city also ranks high.
There has not been a felony committed in a year and a
half in Los Gatos. The list of misdemeanors is a small
one. The force of five men are all well trained and are
given a nice headquarters from which to work, and
furnished with all the latest equipment, including two-way
radio equipped patrol cars.
The members of the force are George Bosworth, Wil-
liam Allen, Edward Moore, William Griswold and Walter
Phillips, a nephew of the Chief.
Chief Phillips will he master of Los Gatos Lodge
F. 6s? A. M. this coming December.
He has a seventeen acre ranch on the Block hill road
where he raises and trains blooded saddle horses. He
grcv,;s all his own hay and it is a swell refuge to get away
from the rigors of his office. He is a well known horseman
and has been for eight years president of the Jim Connor
Chief Phillips is married. His wife, Mary Ellen, was
born in Oakland. The couple have two daughters, Kath-
leen and Joyce. One of them is married and the mother
of the Phillips only grandson.
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The San Francisco Matches
As it was time for deer shooting the August 15 th
matches were not so well patronized as only 156 of the
pistol packing mob plunked up their cash to do a bit of
paper punching. With Brooks overseas with the Olympic
Team at London it was anybody's grand aggregate for
the day â€” which prize was taken by Gloria Norton, from
up Woodland way. Gloria had a total of 1062 for the
day and was followed by Ad Buck with a 105 5 and
Elliott Murphy with a 1052. Due to the small crowd, the
matches were over rather early, much to the delight of all
the shooters and the range personnel. And speaking of
the range personnel we note that Jack Reed, Jack Creamer
and Sgt. Ray Freeman have been assigned as permanent
men at the range. Poor guys, they don't know how easy
poundin' a beat is 'till they hit the job at the range!
* * *
Received a letter and news clipping from Sgt. Ted
Awana, of the Honolulu Police Pistol team, now at
Teaneck International Pistol Championship matches in
Long Island and it seems that the team is doing very
well. Ted and Lt. Hitchcock set a tough pace for the
other shooters by smashing out possibles in the .22 indi-
vidual matches and in the shoot-off for record, Ted got
23 extra bullseyes while Hitchcock got 27. Ted also
won the .45 national match with a 299 and . Hitchcock
placed second with a 297. Ted's .45 mark tied the world's
record made in 1945. The boys really had hot-rods that
day. They will be with us during the October matchesâ€”
or at least they hope they will.
* * *
Ken Kolb, that tall, d fe? h Highway Patrol officer from
Soda Springs, won everlasting fame by shooting a beauti-
ful X on the target of the guy standing next to him. We
saw the other target and oh, how that 10 would have
helped! * * *
And what the S. F. Police Motorcycle Reserve boys
said by Lloyd Lawrence! It seems that Lloyd joined the
.22 7s(dtioruil Match
Master Bill Hancock 291
Expert Bob Fortini 289
Sharpshooter Ellis Rehn 279
Marksman 1st Frank Harris 2172
Marksman Louis Wells 259
Tyro Bob Quistgaard 223
Individual C. F.
Master G. Elliott Murphy 197
Expert Bill Deyl 197
Sharpshooter Clayton Kober 194
Marksman 1st Doyle Adamson 185
Marksman Walt Forrester 186
Tyro Bob Quistgaard 161
Siesta Club Sunday by sleeping through the Camp Perry
match, or at least, part of it. That's alright with all con-
cerned BUT the boys were all hot for the team match
medal and losing 60 or 80 points for the team wasn't their
idea of merriment â€” nor solace.
* * *
Jerry Pettigrove took a big chance and came down
from Sacramento with that gang of ruffians to shoot in
his first match. It's had enough for a guy just starting to
shoot to get over his first match but when he has to ride
about 100 miles in that truck those guys come down in,
that's had, too. Worser than that is that he has to listen
to Corny Herb and some of the others tell of the perils,
faults and generally what's wrong with everything, so
that by the time he gets on the line he is just about ready
* * *
As you can see by the scores Adolph Buck, San Mateo
Deputy Sheriff, was high point man for the day and was
followed by Capt. Henry Jacobs of the Highway Patrol
Team who gave Ad a pretty tough run for his money
all throughout the day. At that he Creedmored Elliott
Murphy out of second place so you can see what a close
affair it was.
* * *
We received a letter from Quentin Brooks and Bob
Chow, from London, just the other day and the boys
seem to he having a swell time â€” in fact Bob had just
gotten in from a two-day jaunt in France. Quent and
Bob were the two westerners who made the Olympic
Team and shot in London. Guess we won't be able to
touch the boys now that they have that continental air
about them. * * *
Carl Kopischsie, another major, but from Fort Ord,
also was out for glory and medals. In order to give
him a good start the officials placed him in the expert
class where he could relax and just shoot with a steady
C. F. >(atiorwI Match
Camp Perry Match
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Second Inter-Departmental Police Pistol Match
Well, its two down and one more to go before the
Inter-Departmental pistol matches end for this year. There
was lots of high enthusiasm, suffusion and heart-aches at
the match held Saturday, August 25 th at the Lake Merced
range. We know how much unction was injected into
the match by the number of challenges and protests that
came into the office â€” those men wanted every point they
were entitled to and nothing was gonna stop 'em from
getting them. This was the biggest inter-departmental
match ever held with 45 teams and 200 individual mem-
bers completing for those medals, bonds and glor^'. The
general topic of conversation during the day was "would