Bi-monthly Newsletter No. 1 May/June 2003
Gala Showcases Jack Webb Awards
The Tenth Annual Jack Webb Awards dinner will be held on Saturday, June 21, at the Century Plaza Hotel, to celebrate a year of important accomplishments and to raise funds that provide operational support for the Los Angeles Police Museum’s mission and goals. The gala evening will feature celebrity entertainment, both silent and live auctions, and the presentation of awards. Standing in the Webb Award spotlight this year are Paula Kent Meehan and Dick Wolf. Meehan is president of Ken-quest, Inc. and a member of the LAPM Board of Governors. Wolf is the producer of NBC’s Law & Order (which recently marked its 300th episode) and L.A. Dragnet, the latest incarnation of Webb’s signature show.
The Jack Webb Award honors the legacy of the producer-writer-actor whose TV hits (Dragnet, Dragnet `67 and Adam-12) catapulted the entire LAPD into a starring role in prime-time drama. His realistic depiction of day-to-day police work educated the public and increased their respect for law enforcement, two goals now reflected in the ongoing work of the LAPM.
For tickets and event information, contact Ms. Scherr Lillico, Event Manager, at 818-994-4661.
“to protect and to preserve”
C. David Dalton Executive Director LAPD Sergeant (retired)
As some of you may recall, the “Hot Sheet” was a single-page document that was updated and distributed during Roll Call. Prominently displayed in a metal-frame holder affixed to the dashboard (where the MDT is now installed) you had the most up-to-date list of license numbers on vehicles that were stolen or had “wants” or felony warrants. At the time, it was the most effective way of ensuring you had the most current information available while on patrol. As a historical reference, LAPM has inaugurated our version of the “Hot Sheet.” As Jack Webb would have said, “Just the facts!”
“Behind The Badge: The LAPD Experience” Museum and Community Education Center, is alive and flourishing, contrary to occasional misplaced comments. As a person who was still alive wryly commented upon hearing news of his death, “The reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated!” If you haven’t yet visited, I invite you to come see for yourself what we’re all about. We are located inside the former Highland Park Police Station
(1925-1983) at 6045 York Boulevard.
Once abandoned, the building suffered years of vandalism, the ravages of weather, neglect and arson. However, LAPM prevailed in obtaining this facility, and it has been magnificently re-designed and completely restored. Admission fees have been temporarily waived. The Museum Gift Shop and displays are open to the public every Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Members and their guests are welcome at any time. School and other group tours are conducted by appointment. Be sure to also visit our web-site at www.LAPM.com for current event information and to shop on-line, peruse articles of historical interest, etc.
Here’s the bottom line: we need your involvement and support! This is your facility, your history and your story begging to be told. Our traditions, heritage and history are rich and vibrant; it’s the story of the greatest police department in the world! Just as it applies to all who preceded you, future generations need to know that you were part of this moment in time, and your contribution mattered! It’s our legacy! Join LAPM today! Volunteer a few hours per week or month. If you won’t help, who will!? Call today to see how you can get involved. We are seeking sworn, civilian, retired, reserves, family members and friends. Call us at (323) 344-9445. Better yet, visit soon! Meanwhile, have an HISTORIC DAY!
LAPD Saga Wins Kudos
Badge of Honor: An Insider’s History of the Los Angeles Police Department has nabbed a Silver International CINDY Award in the 1852 International Cinema in Industry Competition. Nearly 3,500 films, CD-ROMs, videotapes and websites from 27 countries vied for prizes this year.
Directed by Emmy Award-winner Carole Bultema, the six-hour documentary profiles 53 individuals, from patrol officers to chiefs, and features numerous rare photos and film clips. The LAPM project took five years to research and complete. It can be purchased on DVD or video at the Museum Store and at www.LAPM.com.
Los Angeles Police Historical Society Officers
Thomas G. Hays, Chairman Daniel B. Watson, Vice Chair Margaret A. York, Vice Chair Scott B. Witter, CFP, Treasurer Joseph P. Bonino, Asst. Treasurer Donald H. Clinton, Secretary Sampson Chan, Esq., Asst. Secretary Henry Schiffer, CPA, Controller
Board of Directors
William H. Ahmanson George Beck Keith Douglas Bushey Ed Cholakian Rudy De Leon Stephen M. Endaya David J. Gascon Mary E. Grady Maj. Gen. Peter J. Gravett Terry S. Hara Troy L. Hart Kevin Heady Dr. Ted Hunt Kyle B. Jackson Steven Kasten James P. McDonnell Greg Meyer Michael Romano Arthur Sjoquist Danny L. Staggs Randi S. Tahara Barbara J. Taylor Robert B. Taylor John L. Thomas Quintin L. Villanueva Jr.
Board of Governors
James E. Barnes Leah S. Bergman Herbert F. “Bert” Boeckmann II Sybil Brand Gary Brennan John C. Cushman III Hon. Edward M. Davis Foster Dennis Gregory W. Econn Hon. Irving Feffer David Fleming Roy L. Follmuth Daryl F. Gates David Gerber Roger E. Glickman Jay H. Grodin Craig Haffner Jack L. Halstead Earl F. Rick Hamilton Elbert T. Hudson, Esq. Marguerite P. Justice Arthur Kassel Tichi Wilkerson Kassel Larry King Douglas Leener Jay Leno Sheridan Liechty Robert H. Lorsch Frank Mancuso Guy A. Martin Paula Kent Meehan Gary Minzer Earl Paysinger Thomas Reddin Robert Allen Reed, AIA James W. Smack Hon. J. D. Smith Rosemary Stack Paul H. Toffel, MD Don. David Tokofsky Donald K. Toy, AIA Alex Trebek Gerry D. Turner Hon. John K. Van De Kamp Joseph Wambaugh Richard Wemmer Ulis C. Williams Bob Wynn Michael R. Yamaki, Esq. Garrett W. Zimmon
C. David Dalton, Executive Director Richard Kalk, Founder/ Director, Community Affairs Claudia Diaz, Administrative Manager Carla Garcia, Volunteer Coordinator James A. Bultema, Director Historical Preservation
THE LAPD LEGACY
Chairman Thomas G. Hays, LAPD Captain (retired)
Virtually every important organization needs to trace its roots back to the beginning and record the evolution of its growth. It is an accepted truism that unless we know where we have been, we cannot successfully chart our course for the future. For well over a hundred years, the LAPD has been growing and developing, making some mistakes, sure, but accomplishing a lot, becoming the preeminent law enforcement organization in the country. About 25 years ago, some of us realized we needed a repository for our history. Not only was there no safe place to preserve the “artifacts” of our jobs, there was no record of our accomplishments as a group or as individuals to let those who follow us know we were here, to learn who we were, where we worked and what the times were like when we served our community.
The Historical Society has been created to do just that. Our goal is to become that central repository. With the acquisition of the old Highland Park Police Station, we have created a focal point for LAPD employees—both sworn and civilian—to contribute information, do research, hold meetings, and to interact and support each other as fellow officers have always done.
This is the first issue of our newsletterwhich will come out bi-monthly to keep you informed about the Museum. As Chairman, I urge you to learn more about us. We need your support, both in financial aid and in personal involvement. Most importantly, come visit the place—that will show you exactly where we are headed. I look forward to seeing many old friends and making some new ones up on York Boulevard.
New sign welcomes visitors to LAPM Museum.
Wed. 6/4 LAPM Executive Committee Meeting Thurs. 6/5 Noon – Kiwanis Club of Greater Highland Park (meet every Thurs. in June) 6:30 pm Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council 6:00 pm C.L.E.A.R. Community Impact Taskforce (C.I.T.) Meeting Sat. 6/7 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Franklin Adult School Car Wash at LAPM Museum Tues. 6/10 6:00pm Notheast Semi-Annual Basic Car Meeting for basic cars 11A19, 11A25, 11A37, 11A89. Call (213) 485-2548 for information Thurs. 6/12 7:00 pm Northeast Neighborhood Watch Call (213) 485-2548 for information Sat. 6/14 10:00 am – 4:00 pm “LA’s Best” Afterschool Program Car Wash at LAPM Museum Thurs. 6/19 6:00 pm C.L.E.A.R. Community Impact Taskforce (C.I.T.) Meeting Sat. 6/21 10th Annual Jack Webb Awards Dinner Call (818) 994-4661 for information Wed. 7/2 LAPM Executive Committee Meeting Thurs. 7/3 Noon – Kiwanis Club of Greater Highland Park (meet every Thurs. in July) 6:30 pm Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council Fri. 7/4 Independence Day LAPM MUSEUM CLOSED Wed. 7/9 Desert Refuge for Police Officers Board Mtg. Thurs. 7/10 7:00 pm Northeast Neighborhood Watch Call (213) 485-2548 for information Thurs. 7/17 6:00 pm C.L.E.A.R. Community Impact Taskforce (C.I.T.) Meeting Sat. 7/19 2:00 pm Opening of “Without Alarm III” Arroyo Arts Collective Art Show 5:30 pm-10:30 pm Glendale Car Show, Brand Blvd., Info (818) 548-6464
Mugshots: Meet Mike Regan
VOLUNTEER SHARES HIS LAPD STORY
I grew up in Cabazon near Palm Springs. As a child I ran around barefoot in bib overalls. When I was five years old, my father who worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad became a Los Angeles Police Officer. He was appointed in October 1923, and we moved into the city. Everyone called me Mickeen so naturally I believed that was my name. When I reported to school in LA, I was told I had to wear pants and shoes and my first name was not “Mickeen.” It was Michael. These were my first adjustments to big city life. Years later I applied for a position on the LAPD and had to use Junior as part of my name because of my dad. The name on my birth certificate is actually “Baby Boy”—the department really didn’t know what to do about that. But I was finally appointed, and my career with the LAPD has had very interesting parallels to my father’s.
- My father was appointed October 23 with certificate number 2356. When I was appointed in 1941, I was given the serial number 2356.
- He was assigned to Traffic Division. I was assigned to Traffic Division.
- He was injured on duty in 1926 and retired. I was injured in 1957 and was retired.
- He returned to duty after three years. I returned to duty after three years.
Contributed by Carla Garcia
What is a police officer’s utility belt called? a) Betty Brown b) Sam Brown c) Charlie Brown
Who were the first to use the belt? a) French military b) US military c) German military
Sam Brown served in the US military prior to World War I and designed the belt used by today’s officers. His military belt was attached to a shoulder strap to balance the weight of the equipment and hold up the trousers. The Department adopted the Sam Brown in 1930 when it changed its uniform from the Marine Corps’ choker style to the Navy’s open-collar jacket. The shoulder strap was eliminated, the belt was lowered to below-navel level, and the equipment was holstered over the jacket instead of under it.
Michael Regan, LAPD Police Officer (retired)
- In 1923, the department changed the badge and the uniform, and my father received the new ones. In 1941, the department designed a new badge and uniform, and I was in the class that received them.
- In 1932, my dad worked the Olympics. In 1984, I worked the Olympics.
- In 1923, my dad entered the police school and had a classmate who became Chief of Police James E. Davis. In 1941, my class had a recruit who would become Chief of Police Tom Reddin.
My family has been involved in law enforcement for many years now. My brother John joined LAPD in 1946. His wife Augusta retired as a detective from the Intelligence Division. My brother Bill joined LAPD in 1937 and retired as a sergeant. Bill’s daughters both married LAPD officers. Sharon married Jim Dellinger, LAPD Devonshire Division (retired). Their son Officer Chad Dellinger currently works LAPD Valley Traffic Division. Shelly Regan married Loren Wells, LAPD Bomb Squad (retired).
The Regan family is truly LAPD Blue. Do you have a personal LAPD story? Send it to us to get a shot at a mugshot.
LAPFCU joins LAPD history
Officers Peter Paramo, Lorena Walsh and Oscar Prado in front of new ATM installed in the lobby of The Los Angeles Police Historical Society and Community Education Center Museum. Cash withdrawals available Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.
by Valerie Vera
The Arroyo Arts Collective, a community-based organization of artists from the Northeast Los Angeles area, presents an installation art exhibit, “Without Alarm III,” at the Los Angeles Police Historical Museum and Community Education Center from July 19 to August 30. Displays feature many different artistic mediums, including video and 3-D objects. “The overall theme of the show is both personal and external safety, personal boundaries, violence, and the repercussions of it. There are political and social overtones, mostly to make people think,” said Heather Hoggan, co-president of the Arroyo Arts Collective. The art will be installed in the former jail cells at the Museum as well as the open space in the first floor before permanent displays are placed. The six weeks dedicated to the exhibit will give people in the community an opportunity to get involved. “One of the best things the LAPM has given us is this amount of time. This allows teachers to bring their classrooms through,” said Hoggan. The exhibit is free to the public. Artists will be available to answer questions at an opening reception on Saturday, July 19, from 2pm to 5pm. Refreshments will be provided. Now in its third year, “Without Alarm” was previously exhibited at the LA County Jail and featured over 100 local artists. “Without Alarm III” can be viewed Thursdays (Noon to 9pm), Fridays (9am to 5pm) and Saturdays (Noon to 5pm). For more information, call (323)850-8566 or visit www.arroyoartscollective.org
The world is so fast that there are days when the person who says it can’t be done is interrupted by the person who is doing it. – Anonymous
The Museum is looking for: * Docents * Facility Maintenance * Gift Shop Volunteers * Archival Support * Research Assistance * Office Assistance * Website Assistance * Special Events Volunteers For information contact: Carla Garcia, Volunteer Coordinator (323) 344-9445