Berkeley Police Department History
The Early Years
        

Chief Vollmer

August Vollmer was the first Chief of the City of Berkeley Police Department and served with distinction from 1909-1932. He is considered to be the "Father of Modern Policing" and much has been written about his innovative ideas, many that still exist today in Law Enforcement. Please look at First in Policing for a list of some of his innovations.

 

 

 

1915 First BPD Cars

This photo, (left) taken in 1915, depicts the first Police cars used by the City of Berkeley Police Department. They are parked in front of the Berkeley Unified School District Office (BUSD) which at that time was the City Hall Building.

 

 

 


                                                                Group of Officers 1900

Berkeley Police Officers, c. 1910.
The gentleman in the civilian attire is BPD's first Detective, Officer Jamison. In addition, Sergeant C.D. Lee (dark uniform- center) was the creator of the nation's first Junior Traffic Patrol program.

 


 

Ambulance           

This is a photograph that was taken around 1925 of the City of Berkeley Police Department’s Ambulance. Members of BPD provided the City of Berkeley with ambulance service through the 1970’s. 

                                                                                                

  Continued Early History of BPD