LBPHS celebrates 100 years of chiefs

police.jpgThe Long Beach Police Historical Society (LBPHS) saluted the position at the Chief of Police Centennial Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Former and current law enforcement officers gathered with the public for the historical event, which took place at the Long Beach Main Library Auditorium.
Celebrating the first Chief, Thomas W. Williams, who was sworn into office on Jan. 16, 1908, the LBPHS commissioned a special Chief of Police Centennial Commemorative Badge, which was presented to Chief Anthony Batts and former chiefs Carl Calkins, Charles Ussery, William Ellis, Robert Luman and Jerome Lance as well as Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and City Manager Pat West.
Also given a commemorative badge was Charles Cole’s daughter Jean. Cole was police chief from 1914 to 1919. Batts is the 23rd person to hold the title for the city of Long Beach. Prior to the appointment of a chief of police, the Long Beach Police Department was run by an elected city marshal, or constable.

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