The Historian (Fall/Winter 2019)

The Historian (Fall/Winter 2019)

We have a full motorcycle squad in the Phoenix Police Department, under Sergeant Ernest A. Littlefield, who has formed one of the finest units in the West. The men are well trained in riot duty, using their motorcycles to form mobile wedges, diagonal, and a deployed line—methods which have proven very successful in moving and controlling large crowds. They form themselves into a regular drill team, which looks quite “snappy” with white uniforms and white machines.

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A Dangerous Night in Paris Alley

A Dangerous Night in Paris Alley

by Ed Reynolds Officers Patrick E. Henry and Charles “Rocky” Rockyvich were on routine patrol March 21st, 1960, but they knew that nothing in Paris Alley is routine. Paris Alley was that small, but very dangerous area of the deuce, in downtown Phoenix. Located near...
The first Police Radio system in Arizona

The first Police Radio system in Arizona

The Phoenix Police Department communications section came into being in November 28, 1932 when our department established the first police radio system in the state of Arizona. Previously, a bright light with an attached horn had been placed on a tower on top of...
An interview with Seth Scott Allen – Badge #301

An interview with Seth Scott Allen – Badge #301

August 15, 2008                                         Conducted by Dannette Turner Seth Allen became an Officer in 1956. He was 25 years old, married, and moved to Phoenix from Thatcher, Arizona. When he joined the Phoenix Police Department he lived at 723 N 28th...
Arizona Highway Patrol / Department of Public Safety Heritage Museum

Arizona Highway Patrol / Department of Public Safety Heritage Museum

The Board of Directors of the Arizona Highway Patrol / Department of Public Safety Heritage Museum are proud to announce the Museum has been provided floor space within the headquarters building of the Department of Public Safety and will be opening its doors to any and all who would like to enjoy the history of the Department. We envision the grand opening of the museum to be during the spring of 2019.

Every photograph has a story…

Every photograph has a story…

Editors Note:  Sometimes we come across a historic photograph with no background information.  By all appearances of the snapshot in time, the event was quite remarkable yet lost in time.  The following is one such story.  It is a story of one convict, Phoenix Police...
No Legend for a Modern Gunslinger

No Legend for a Modern Gunslinger

by William Overend(Reprinted from The Arizona Republic, Sunday Jan 28, 1973) Sometimes he thinks about it out on a trail ride, what it would have been like to have been a marshal in the Old West.  He wonders just how fast the old gunslingers really were.  “You can’t...
The Only Regret

The Only Regret

By Timothy Moore I met with retired Lieutenant Blaine Thompson as he was seated at his small cubicle in the newly formed Laboratory Enhancement Team of the Phoenix Police Department. He was previously in the departments in the Callback Unit of the Communications...
Albert Whipple and the Good Old Days

Albert Whipple and the Good Old Days

By Commander Manny Davila Have you ever wondered what police work was like in the “old days”? Today’s most veteran officers can talk about their “old days” and policing in the early to mid 1970’s. Recently I had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of what Phoenix and...

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