August Vollmer: The Father Of Modern Policing
August Vollmer was one of the most extraordinary men to ever be appointed as a Chief of Police in history. He is considered the leading figure in the creation of the criminal justice field within the United States. Hailed as the father of modern policing, his spirit of innovation, dedication to improving procedures, and contribution to policing are unsurmountable and will be emulated for years to come. His continued drive for educational opportunities and improvement within the law enforcement society will forever change the way police organizations are structured. The vast improvements throughout this discipline are evident by one man’s hard work and tireless efforts.
August Vollmer the Father of Modern Policing Many people, outside the Criminal Justice discipline, may not know who August Vollmer was or what his contributions to law enforcement entails. Dubbed the Father of Modern Policing, his tireless efforts in police reform, policing strategies, and dedication to educational innovations …show more content…
Through his tireless efforts, the Berkeley Police department became the role model for other police departments across to the country to emulate. Being called to assist in the reorganization of other police departments, Vollmer assisted with police organizations in Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, and Kansas City to name a few (Wilson, 1953). August Vollmer was a major contributor to the reforming of the police organization. He structured the organization to parallel the military by ensuring a command presences and hierarchy of authority. He instituted the policy that every officer would wear a uniform and display professionalism daily, which is still in practice today. Vollmer summed up what it would take to become a good policeman in the following