Wilson, O. W.

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  • A protégé of August Vollmer. While studying for a degree in criminology at the University of California, Wilson worked with the Berkeley Police Department. After graduation, he served as police chief in Fullerton (California) and later went on to serve in the same position in Kansas. One of his key contributions was the reorganization of the Wichita Police Department and the implementation of innovative law enforcement strategies, such as mobile crime labs. Wilson was well-known for his work ethics and his strong stand against police corruption. He also acknowledged the limits of the police's ability to prevent crime, mainly because he believed that poverty and other social factors were root causes of the crime problem and that the police had little influence over these issues. ...

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