August Vollmer: The Father of American Policing, by Willard M. Oliver


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“The contributions of August Vollmer to professionalizing policing merit any superlative that might be applied. The phrase ‘one person can make a difference in
the world is probably overused, but is certainly appropriate to describe Vollmer’s
influence. In writing this definitive biography; Oliver makes a contribution worthy
of Vollmer’s stature.”
– Dr. Larry T. Hoover, Sam Houston State University
Willard M. Oliver is a professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University. A
former police officer and retired U.S. Army Major (Military Police Corps), he lives with
his family in Huntsville, Texas.

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