Oakland Police Department in California was granted a charter to the community of Oakland in 1862 – when it was a dusty Western town. The Oakland Police Dept. pioneered the use of call boxes, police cars and other technical innovations. In this historical collection, you will read about the police service from the Gold rush period to a modern police department. You will experience the good times, the bad, wars, fires and earthquakes. The vintage photographs in this extraordinary compendium were culled primarily from the Oakland Police Department, the Oakland History Room of the Oakland Public Library and from the Author’s personal collection. Author, Phil McArdle was on the Oakland Police Department as technical writer for 20 years. Softbound. B&W Photos. Pgs. 126. Book measures approximately 6 ½” wide X 9 ½” high.