Law enforcement museums and archives are scarce. There have been laws of secrecy surrounding police activities that have changed. Not what you think. Secrecy by law for inmate privacy, for instance. No pictures of inmates could be published, nor any broad information about officers who feared retaliation from former inmates was published. In fact, when Gleason was sheriff, his edict was if an officer (not during a criminal event) made the newspapers, it was a fire-able offense. Near the end of his term, Gleason relaxed that rule.
Rules about records are still
in place. They are saved for about 30 years or so and tossed. That is
history tossed. When ACSAA first organized, in 1989, no police museums
open to the public existed in the State of California and very few in
the United States. The only histories were in private corners of a
department, or in local historical society records, all of which brings
me to a major reorganization of the ACSAA. We are a non-profit,
volunteer organization, but under Sheriff Greg Ahern, we are being
recognized and appreciated like never before. And, here are the new
Toussaint, on the left with Pat Adams. Dale was the guy who took over.
He joined the National Organization of Archivists and is learning how to
handle archival written material, artifacts and how to assession
material professionally. On Wednesday, he held the first
Mike Rores and Frank Buschhueter
Ostlund, Frank Silva and Patty Stinson. Patty Stinson is unique because
she is the oldest women to pass the Academy as a deputy, plus she is
an artist and produced three giant murals for the Office of Emergency
Services at the Santa Rita Base, which I will blog later.
Chris Ostlund and Ralph Striker.
Patty with Dwane Montes.
Bill Gordillo with Mike Rores.
Harlan with Dwane Montes. Bud is the only volunteer from the old days
when I ran the archive. He has been a great contributor and a steady
presence at the archive. For myself, I feel my greatest contribution has
been the interviews I've done recording experiences in the department
as it changed over the generations. During the seven plus years I've
been on the road with Jim, I still managed an interview or two a year. I
hope to continue that practice. In fact I was given the names of Jim
Wilson, 84 years, and Bud Garrigan as two must interviews. On my own
personal list I have Bud Harlan, and one of the original volunteers, Jim
As I get to know people, I hope to continue interviews
when I can. More on my two-day trek to the Bay Area tomorrow. (I hope I
got everyone's name right. If not, please correct me.)