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Honor system at police donut shop

The Index-Journal (Greenwood, South Carolina) - Aug 10, 1960

Police Honor System Only $15.64 Short
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) — At the police headquarters coffee shop, the Police Relief Assn. reported in its monthly publication: "The honor system of paying for doughnuts and rolls accounted for a loss of only $15.64 during May."
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Dec 21, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Police and Other Law Enforcement, 1960's

How to recognize abnormal people

In the late 1950s, Drs. Robert Matthews and Lloyd Rowland wrote a police training manual titled "How to Recognize and Handle Abnormal People," which was then distributed to sheriff and police departments throughout the U.S. The officers receiving it in the photo below look a little skeptical.

Check out more scans from the book at Print magazine.

The Bloomington Pantagraph - May 2, 1958

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Sep 29, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Police and Other Law Enforcement, 1950's

Scotland Yard Fashion Show

On September 14, 1967, Scotland Yard held a fashion show to display the new uniforms for policewomen. I suspect this is the ONLY fashion show Scotland Yard has ever held. The caption that ran in American papers read:

"Scotland Yard, apparently bitten by the swinging London bug, holds fashion show here 9/14. Here, London policewomen display the new Norman Hartnell-designed uniforms. Although a far cry from the miniskirted scene stealers, the new ensembles do have shaped skirts."

Source for top image: Flickr
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jan 17, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Police and Other Law Enforcement, 1960's

Follies of the Madmen #220


What product can this staged photo from 1969 possibly be advertising?

For the answer visit the original ad here.


Cardboard cutouts of police cars are being used in China to slow speeders down. The instant response is universal, see a police car, hit the brakes, even when you're not speeding if you are anything like me. A clever idea if they are moved around. Switching the cardboard and real patrol cars around would keep the public guessing and slowing down 'just in case'.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Sep 15, 2012 | Comments (12)
Category: Police and Other Law Enforcement
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