Oliver Pays Homage to Father of American Policing

After 10 years of research and a bookcase full of documents, Professor Willard Oliver published a comprehensive biography of August Vollmer, known as the "Father of American Policing."

Vollmer, the former police chief of Berkeley, CA, ushered in a new era of professionalism in policing, which led to the first criminology program at the University of California, Berkeley in 1916, the forerunner of criminal justice and criminology programs today.

"The very reason we are here today is because of Vollmer," Oliver said.

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