In 1965, the Los Angeles Police Department established a special entity to deal with the most violent crime confronting the city. The tactics used by this unit were not new, but were, for the first time, put into action in a concentrated effort to remove the most dangerous threats from the community. This unit took the LAPD’s motto, “To Protect and to Serve” to a new level.
Being relatively small for a department with an authorized strength of over 8,000 officers, the unit’s hours of duty were 24/7. That’s right, everyone was potentially on call and when the balloon went up, they came. Small units tend to generate extreme dedication and such was the case with this one. Long stakeouts and putting tails on suspects were standard operating procedure. Some things don’t change much.
In 1965, the Los Angeles Police Department established a special entity to deal with the…
by Lamar Underwood / Mar 1, 2008