A Cop in the Sixties
The book begins in August 1965. I tell my story as I begin to work as a deputy sheriff for the Butler County Sheriffs Office in Hamilton, Ohio. The first day I report to the chief deputy's office, he takes me downstairs to the jail and a deputy takes my picture with a Polaroid camera. We go back upstairs to the chief's office with photo in hand. Once in the office, he proceeds to type out an I.D. card with my name, height, weight and blood type. He then attaches the photo to the card and hands it to me. As I take the card, I see him open the center drawer of his desk and take a gold badge out which he then hands to me. He then finds me a pair of uniform pants, two shirts and a jacket that is two sizes to big for me and tells me to report to the jail tonight at 11: 00p.m.. That in a nutshell, was my training. This is where my story begins. I have a gold badge, uniform, gun belt and gun Thanks to all of the honest and hard working deputies, who taught me how to do the job. This was one of the most rewarding periods of my life. I hope everyone who reads this book enjoys the story of how we managed to do the job with so few officers and none of the technology that today's officers enjoy. We did not have bullet proof vests. We used typewriters to write reports. There were no backup officers if you were on a dangerous call. Most of the time the only backup you had were your two brothers, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson and they could talk very loud, six times without reloading.
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