Images of The Week
Seal Beach Junior Police – 1929
Fellow Seal Beach history buff Stan Berry e-mailed us a couple of weeks ago to graciously offer to share some of his collection of photographs and memorabilia from Seal Beach Police Department and Fire Department history. The two photos in today’s post is the first of what we hope will be many contributions from Stan.
This is a 1929 group photo of the Seal Beach Police Department under the command of Chief A. G. Johnson. One of the programs that Chief Johnson was instrumental with was the organization of a juvenile police force of six (6) members. These boys were chosen from their school because of the record they held for trustworthiness, faithfulness to duty and the ability to work successfully with their schoolmates. The duties of the juvenile police were to protect little children at all times and to see that vacant property was not vandalized. The boys met with the Chief each Saturday to discuss any problems.
The second photo is of one of the miniature police badges that the boys were presented when being sworn in by Chief Johnson. This particular badge is currently displayed at the Red Car Museum.
We’ll share more historical pictures and photos of Seal Beach as the year progresses. Be sure to check back each Monday for a new Seal Beach image.