Tuesday, June 10, 2014

History

Every organization has it's own institutional memory.  Most police departments do a poor job of recording it for posterity.  Even large agencies like LAPD and LASO have museums, but they are not staffed by full time historians and curators.

Every agency should have someone who has as part of their job, maybe even their full time job, to record all important events in the agency.  Every murder and every police shooting should be recorded, and the police reports retained forever.  Every officer death on duty and at least a short history of every officers career should be retained forever too.

A sample of every type of weapon used by the agency should be retained in full working order, along with a duty supply of ammunition.  Photographs of every type of patrol car in every type of markings ever used should be retained too.  Cars should be photographed from all four sides and the top.  History is something to be proud of and should be saved; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Protect_and_Serve said...

"LAPD and LASO have museums, but they are not staffed by full time historians and curators"

Good, that's not what the police budget should be spent on. If volunteers want to do that work, great.

Every penny that doesn't go to patrol, hurts a Department's ability to prevent crime.

Mike Creek said...

Actually, the museum should not be under the police department at all, it should be part of libraries or parks and recreation.
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