The Hot Sheet

Bi-monthly Newsletter No. 8

November/December 2004

It Can’t Get Any Easier Than This (for you) !

By Tom Hays, LAPD (retired)LAPM Chairman

I don’t know how many of you have ever been involved in either starting up a non-profit organization or trying to get it on its feet or just keep it running; but let me tell you “it ain’t easy” some of the time, no matter how noble the cause. Believe me, we do have a noble cause with our L.A.P.D. Museum and Community Education Center, so lest I sound like a whiner, let me elaborate. For several years, the concept of a historical society and museum was just that; only a concept. We (a group of history buffs calling ourselves a Board of Directors) met at the Police Academy and tried to figure out just how to accomplish our dream. We dreamed “high” and we dreamed “low” (read: realistically). Fortunately, there were several of you who believed in what we were trying to do enough to donate to it and that was with virtually nothing tangible to show. Now that is faith on your part my friends, and you can take pride in being in at the birth of a really worth-while project. Things began to fall intoplace and through a lot of hard work,
special fund raising projects and increased donations from the public and our officers, we began to record measurable growth. One of the most significant steps had to be when we moved into the splendidly renovated 1925 former Highland Park Division police station. I only wish you could have seen it after two decades of abandonment; trashed, burned by squatters and just waiting for the wrecking ball. Talk about being saved in the nick of time!! Now to my point! While we have grown measurably in recent years, our membership is still made up of a very small percentage of current and retired Department members. Translated, it means that not only is the main burden carried by an embarrassing few, but our growth is being stunted when we have so much potential for future development. At the risk of sounding like the eternal optimist (which I am), I have to believe that a lot of people really intend to support us but are not exactly sure how to set the wheels in motion. So this column is for you “put-er-offers” or
to give to your friends if they aren’t already members. We can’t make it any easier than this: 1. Simply call the Museum at (323) 344-9445 and tell them you want a payroll deduction card and membership information sent to you. You will like some of the fringe benefits of being a member. 2. Upon receiving it, just fill out the card according to the enclosed instructions and return it to the Museum in the reply envelope provided (however, you will have to put the 37 cent stamp on it. We watch every penny.) That’s all there is to it! We’ll do the rest and send it on to City Payroll. Just think about it, only $4.00 a month equates to a whopping $48.00 per year which shouldn’t break anyone. But multiply that by several hundred or several thousand contributors, and our museum will soon be the talk of the country. Of course, keep in mind that $4.00 is only

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By Dave Dalton
Executive Director

The past few months have been extremely exciting. Most notably, the Los Angeles Police Historical Society (LAPM) was invited many months ago to partner with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley to contribute in a significant way to the creation of the spectacular “Air Force One Pavilion,” which was already under construction. When completed, the AF1 exhibit will feature the Boeing 707 (SAM 27000) which served as Air Force One for seven U.S. Presidents,

Chief Bratton, Nancy Reagan, Rudy De Leon, Dick Blackwood. Standing in front of Air Force 1 at the move
in ceremony.

Marine One (a presidential helicopter), an F-15 USAF fighter jet (escort aircraft), and a Presidential motorcade beneath the wing of AF1 featuring one of President Reagan’s parade limousines along with designated Los Angeles

Police Department vehicles, uniforms and equipment. The pavilion housing these primary exhibits is part of a $20 million expansion at the Reagan Library slated to open in mid-2005. The expansion also features a separate two-level learning center, auditorium and gallery.

On July 20, 2004 the LAPM Board of Directors, Staff and several volunteers joined Chief William J. Bratton in presenting the LAPD vehicles to Mrs. Nancy Reagan and the Reagan Library as part of a “Move-In” ceremony. In the presence of several thousand attendees and a large gathering of VIP’s, the fuselage of AF1 was ceremoniously

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What’s Happening at Old #11

move in position inside the pavilion to the accompaniment of the LAPD Concert Band and framed by an honor guard of 18 LAPD motor officers, many of whom had actually served as part of President Reagan’s motorcade detail. Chief Bratton presented a larger-than-life, exact replica key for the 1984 Chevrolet to Mrs. Reagan. The police car and the two motorcycles are already being displayed at the Reagan Museum

Chief Bratton & Mrs. Reagan with LAPD Motor Officer
Honor Guard

and will eventually become part of the AFI motorcade exhibit. “Phase Two” of this endeavor will involve the

presentation of uniforms and equipment items requested by the Reagan Museum to outfit custom mannequins that will enhance the motorcade exhibit. Two of the uniforms already acquired belong to Detective-Sergeant John O’Toole, Valley Traffic Division (currently starting his 52nd year of active duty) and Sergeant John Martin (LAPD retired) who led the Presidential Motorcade Detail for many years while President Reagan was in office.

A Night With Joe Friday

On Saturday, October 2, 2004 LAPM and the Detective Bureau, LAPD, co-hosted the Second Annual “Night With Joe Friday: A Tribute To LAPD Detectives—Past and Present.” Every Detective Division in LAPD was involved in planning this important tribute. Approximately 700 of dec_04_5LA’s best—former and current Detectives, family and friends attended the festive gathering. Under a towering canopy, attendees consumed massive portions of Rosie’s BBQ while being entertained by one of the best Cop bands to ever put fingers to strings—”Copper Creek,” comprised entirely of

retired or active duty LAPD Detectives. It is rumored that impressive amounts of “beverages” were consumed while old friends re-united and reminisced, stretched the truth and shared war
stories. A slide show tribute featuring the personnel and duties of many Detective Divisions was also shown to an appreciative audience during dinner. Awards


were presented in categories honoring the “Hat Squad Detective of the Year,” from both a geographic and a specialized detective division; the “Ray Pinker Forensic Specialist Award” was presented to a deserving civilian employee. Awards were also given to attendees recognizing the dec_04_7
longest retired detective, Oldest retiree; John Ernst (center), also LAPM’ newest volunteer working on membership recruitment the newest retired detective, the oldest detective and the detective who had traveled the farthest to attend. It was a fabulous evening of fun, recognition and fellowship. Net proceeds benefited LAPM.

and finally…

Room does not allow for a complete description of everything happening here. Numerous exciting events are planned throughout the holiday season in which LAPM will play a significant role. Included in these are a holiday toy give-away for 800 children, planned for Saturday, December 18th, sponsored by Black and White Tow and Northeast Area, LAPD; the Northeast Communities Holiday Parade on December 5th (LAPM will have several entries including a decorated float); the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

Convention, November 13 through 18th (including a dinner hosted by LAPM on November 16th for 40 former LAPD members who are now Chiefs of Police in other cities); and numerous other events.

Don’t forget to visit your Museum store on-line or in person for great holiday bargains: Consider giving a one-year LAPM membership or a memorial brick as a valued holiday gift for friends, family and loved ones. It’s a gift that will be remembered and treasured!


James Ellroy and Chief William
J. Bratton book signing

Scene of the Crime:Photographs from the LAPD Archive for details go to

Mugshots: Paula Kent Meehan

by Captain Greg Meyer LAPM Board Member

The first thing you learn about Paula Kent Meehan is that she does nothing halfway. She lives in what was Elvis Presley’s mansion in Holmby Hills. Her 140 ft. yacht is anchored in the Caribbean, and is frequently found in Cannes. Her Gulfstream-IV jet zooms her all over the world.

Paula Kent Meehan is one of the most generous and helpful supporters of your Police Historical Society. As a prominent player in our annual Jack Webb Awards Night since 1996 (and herself a winner of the Jack Webb Award in 2002), and as a member of the Society’s Board of Governors, Paula has been instrumental in the development of our Los Angeles Police Museum and Community Education Center. She was a major sponsor of “A Night with Joe Friday,” your Police Historical Society’s tribute to LAPD detectives, past and present.

“The idea of preserving the history of the LAPD was very important to me,” she told me during our recent interview in her Beverly Hills office at Kenquest, where she is president and CEO of her own corporate investment company. Paula is one of the most respected women in America. In 1960, she founded Redken Laboratories with an initial investment of $3,000. More than forty years later, Redken Laboratories is a leader in the professional beauty products industry. In June 1993, L’Oreal bought Redken Laboratories.

We spoke less than two weeks after she attended the recent unveiling of the Reagan-era Air Force One and several vintage LAPD cars and motorcycles at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Chief William J. Bratton and a host of LAPD motorcycle officers, some of who rode in motorcades providing security for President Reagan back in the 1980’s, escorted Nancy Reagan to the event.

“I think Chief Bratton is one of the best things that’s happened to this city.

He’s a great leader and great speaker. I sent the Police Historical Society a congratulatory letter after that day. It was a splendid event!” Paula said. “I’m so pleased to see the L.A. Police Historical Society working together with the Ronald Reagan Library.”

“I admired Ronald Reagan, and I’m glad to see that his history is being so well preserved. I feel the same way about the LAPD and its history. I’m very glad to be part of the effort. Contributing money is one thing, but I really enjoy the involvement.”

For a decade, your Police Historical Society has honored community luminaries with its Jack Webb Award. “My very good friend Aaron Spelling was honored at Jack Webb Night recently, and I so enjoyed chairing that event. People who have received the Jack Webb Award have been major supporters of the police, crime reduction, and history. It’s a great combination. I am so proud of our police officers.”

Paula is a very active member of your Police Museum’s Board of Governors. “I’m very pleased to see children-oriented events at the Police Museum, and I would like to see more. Police are such positive role models for children. Being able to interact in a positive way with police officers will inspire many children to a better life.”

She has received countless industry awards and kudos and was named one of Entrepreneurial Woman Magazine’s “Eight Most Powerful Women Business Owners” in 1993. She has also been featured in segments on Fox Television Network’s “Personalities,” Financial News Network’s “Power Profiles,” and the nationally syndicated show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” In 2002, she was recognized as one of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World in Paris.

“I have great respect for the entrepreneurial spirit,” said Paula, who started the Global Salon Business Awards last


A True Friend of your lapd museum

year in 21 countries in conjunction with the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. Next year the effort will involve 24 countries, and 20 languages.

In October, Paula was honored by the LAPD Foundation, which provides generous support for our officers in the form of special equipment that is not in the city’s budget, as well as providing the Department’s web site at “”.

Paula’s vivacious “can-do” entrepreneurial spirit and her generous nature combine to make her a woman of great vision who has created business innovations and who has had major philanthropic influences throughout the world. And . . . lucky us! . . . Paula simply loves the Los Angeles Police Department and our Los Angeles Police Museum.

The Los Angeles Police Museum is proud to acknowledge Paula Kent Meehan for her many years of dedicated commitment to the community as well as her continued support of your Los Angeles Police Museum and the Jack Webb Awards.

(It can’t get easier.. continued) the minimum – – $10.00 or $20.00 would be better – pushy, aren’t I? While many members do give significantly more each year, it’s the dependable four, ten or twenty dollar per month regular contributions by a great number of people that will put this project over in the long run. Just do the math. We NEED your help. It’s the legacy that you all helped create that we are trying to preserve. If you have any questions, come see what we’ve done so far up at the Museum. I think you’ll be impressed.

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