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African American Police Officers were appointed to Police Departments in the late 1860’s:

1867: Selma, Alabama

1868: Jackson, Florida

1870: Houston and Galveston, Texas

1870: New Orleans, Louisiana had 177 African American Officers and three of five Police Board members were African American.

April 12, 1870: Officer William Johnson of Jacksonville, Florida becomes the first recognized African American police officer killed in the line of duty.

1875: Bass Reeves was appointed as the first African American Deputy U.S. Marshal

1916: Georgia Ann Robinson became the first African American woman police officer. She served in the Los Angeles Police Department.

1928: Dr. Louis Tompkins Wright is the first know African American Police Surgeon. He later became President of the NAACP Board of Directors

1941: William B. Lindsay became the first known African American State Trooper, hired by the Illinois State Police.

1966: Sheriff Lucius Amerson was one for the first elected African American Sheriffs. He served as Sheriff of Macon County, Alabama.

1972: National Black Police Association was chartered

1976: National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executive (NOBLE) was founded.

1988: Willie L. Williams becomes one of the first African American Police Commissioners. He served in Philadelphia and subsequently became the first African American Police Commissioner of Los Angeles Police Department in 1992.

Approximately 58,000 African American Officers work in US Police Agencies today*


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This month we celebrate 125 years of African-Americans in the LAPD. Throughout our history, African-Americans have helped shape the Department into what it is today. From the first African-American officer in 1886, Robert W. Stewart, to the first African-American LAPD officer killed in the Line of Duty in 1923, Charles P. Williams; African-American’s influence is woven into the fabric of our organization.

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In 1916, Policewoman Georgia Ann Robinson became the first African-American female officer. In 1992 Willie L. Williams became the first African-American Chief of Police followed by Bernard C. Parks as the second African-American Chief of Police in 1997. In April 2000, Ann Young became the first African-American female Captain, and in 2010, Regina Scott was appointed as the first African-American female Commander in the history of our Department.


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This month we celebrate 125 years of African-Americans in the LAPD. Throughout our history, African-Americans have helped shape the Department into what it is today. From the first African-American officer in 1886, Robert W. Stewart, to the first African-American LAPD officer killed in the Line of Duty in 1923, Charles P. Williams; African-American’s influence is woven into the fabric of our organization.

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In 1916, Policewoman Georgia Ann Robinson became the first African-American female officer. In 1992 Willie L. Williams became the first African-American Chief of Police followed by Bernard C. Parks as the second African-American Chief of Police in 1997. In April 2000, Ann Young became the first African-American female Captain, and in 2010, Regina Scott was appointed as the first African-American female Commander in the history of our Department.


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The thing was LAPD was technically intergrated but black officers only served in black majority divisions at least while Chief William Parker 1950-1966 was the Chief. That pretty much meant three divisions 77th Street, Newton and University Division .
Black officers only had black partner's. I forgot the year but that policy changed. At one time if only two black officers served on a watch and one was sick the other was sent home.
On the other hand LAPD had a black police captain by 1916 and future mayor of Los Angeles Tom Bradley ( also the first and only AA mayor of Los Angeles) was at least a leuitenanent by the mid 1950s and Jack Web ( producer and star of Dragnet) mentioned him in his mid 1950s book about LAPD.
Parker preferred hiring Southern white Marines. The Southern boys loved the pretty Southern California girls but folks of a darker complexition not so much and that caused problems.
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Here are some of the first...


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African American Police Officers were appointed to Police Departments in the late 1860’s:

1867: Selma, Alabama

1868: Jackson, Florida

1870: Houston and Galveston, Texas

1870: New Orleans, Louisiana had 177 African American Officers and three of five Police Board members were African American.

April 12, 1870: Officer William Johnson of Jacksonville, Florida becomes the first recognized African American police officer killed in the line of duty.

1875: Bass Reeves was appointed as the first African American Deputy U.S. Marshal

1916: Georgia Ann Robinson became the first African American woman police officer. She served in the Los Angeles Police Department.

1928: Dr. Louis Tompkins Wright is the first know African American Police Surgeon. He later became President of the NAACP Board of Directors

1941: William B. Lindsay became the first known African American State Trooper, hired by the Illinois State Police.

1966: Sheriff Lucius Amerson was one for the first elected African American Sheriffs. He served as Sheriff of Macon County, Alabama.
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1972: National Black Police Association was chartered

1976: National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executive (NOBLE) was founded.

1988: Willie L. Williams becomes one of the first African American Police Commissioners. He served in Philadelphia and subsequently became the first African American Police Commissioner of Los Angeles Police Department in 1992.

Approximately 58,000 African American Officers work in US Police Agencies today*


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Of course with the end of Reconstruction came the end of black law enforcement in the South. The first post Reconstruction police department to hire black officers was Knoxville Tennessee in 1943 followed by Atlanta PD in 1848 and New Orleans in 1963.
The Atlanta officers had to change in to uniforms at the YMCA and only serve in majority black precients. They could not arrest whites until the early 1960s.
NYPD didn't hire it's first black officers until the early 1920s.
It took major legal action to hire black officers in the Alabama State Police in the early 1970s.
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Here ia Orlando's first two Black Police Officers...


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Richard Arthur Jones and Officer Belvin Perry Sr. patrolled the streets of Parramore without guns, patrol cars or radios to call for back up. All Orlando Police Department's first two Black officers had were nightsticks, handcuffs and each other. It was 1951, more than a decade before the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In 1976, after 25–year careers, Jones and Perry retired. In 2010, a statue paying tribute to their trailblazing efforts was erected in their honor. It sits in the roundabout at the intersection of Wooden Boulevard and Hankins Circle.

 

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WOW... Cincinnati beat O-town with their first Black Police officer... @O' Be Joyful

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When Henry Hagerman joined the Cincinnati Police Department in 1884, he became the department's first African American police officer.

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Hagerman might not have been hired in 1884 after all. More importantly, he might not have been the city’s first African American anything.
Retired Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen Kramer worked at the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum on Reading Road.
“Henry Hagerman, we believe, is the first black police officer in the Cincinnati Police Department,” Kramer said.
Kramer says the museum keeps an account of all CPD officers hired after April 1, 1886. Problematically, they don’t have records before that because the state shut down the entire department due to corruption scandals
 

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WOW... Cincinnati beat O-town with their first Black Police officer... @O' Be Joyful

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When Henry Hagerman joined the Cincinnati Police Department in 1884, he became the department's first African American police officer.

snip... a little corruption in Cincinnati...

Hagerman might not have been hired in 1884 after all. More importantly, he might not have been the city’s first African American anything.
Retired Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen Kramer worked at the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum on Reading Road.
“Henry Hagerman, we believe, is the first black inpolice officer in the Cincinnati Police Department,” Kramer said.
Kramer says the museum keeps an account of all CPD officers hired after April 1, 1886. Problematically, they don’t have records before that because the state shut down the entire department due to corruption scandals
In the mid 1960s Sherrif Buford Pusser of McNairy County Tennessee hired the counties first black Deputy Sheriff. Several movies and book were made about Sherrif Pusser and their is a museum of Pusser in McNairy County. The movie series was " Walking Tall" which like all Hollywood movies on historical subjects isn't exactly a documentary.
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