LAPD Daily Bulletins Offer ‘Super History’ of a Growing City and Its Cops


A volunteer at the Los Angeles Police Museum is archiving a trove of daily bulletins issued by the LAPD, dating to 1907. The city’s Times says the bulletins offer a glimpse at the intertwined history of Los Angeles and its police force.

In the last 2 1/2 years, Joan Renner, 63, has read thousands of bulletins while archiving them, under guidance from the Getty Museum. She calls the daily bulletins “super history documents.” The earliest surviving copies capture Los Angeles as the 20th century exploded across America, alerting officers to stolen bicycles, wanted men and new traffic regulations. An example: “It is unlawful for any person to hitch a horse, mule or other animal or leave standing any bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, buggy, carriage, wagon or other vehicle with or without animals attached thereto upon any street upon which streetcars or urban cars are operated within 40 feet of either side of any street crossing.”

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