Torrance (CA) Police Department, John Prins, 2008
The Torrance Police Department dates to May 23, 1921, when city trustees appointed Ben Olsen as city marshal and, shortly thereafter, hired Byron Anderson as night watchman. The efforts of these men were devoted to dealing with thieves, keeping the peace, and “declaring war on speedsters.”
From such humble beginnings, the Torrance Police Department has grown into the fourth largest municipal law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County. Its position as the anchoring police force of the South Bay section of the county and its reputation as an innovator in crime fighting have been firmly established over time.
Today, with a total of 242 sworn and 100 support personnel, the highly regarded Torrance Police Department serves more than 142,000 inhabitants in 21 square miles.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author John Prins, a 27-year member of the Torrance Police Department, drew on the force’s collection of vintage photographs to produce this tribute to one of Southern California’s finest crime-fighting units. Sergeant Prins has served the force in many capacities, including as a patrol officer, crime scene investigator, detective, background investigator, SWAT officer, and K-9 handler. He and his wife, Maria, also a city employee, reside in Torrance.
6 1/2" x 9 1/4", 128 pages, hundreds of B&W photos, softcover, ISBN: 978-0-7385-4794-71, BT6750 / $19.99