August Vollmer (1876–1955) is considered by many to be the father of American police professionalism. The literature on policing credits Vollmer as the primary advocate of modern police reforms. He set the pioneering pathway for other police officers to follow and was on the cutting edge of police work. The son of hardworking immigrants, as a youth, Vollmer was an athlete interested in boxing and swimming. These experiences formed a foundation for discipline, excellence, and a competitive lifestyle. Vollmer strove for excellence ...

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