The first law enforcement agency was formed shortly after the City of Beverly Hills was incorporated in 1914. The first city marshal was Augustus Niestrum with a deputy named Jack Munson whose home also served as the headquarters for both the city's Fire and Police Departments. A year later the department was expanded with addition of another officer.
Two further officers joined in 1916. When Deputy Munson retired in 1919, the new City Marshal served as both Fire and Police Chief. After eight years in combined quarters, the Fire and Police Departments were separated in 1925.
On August 1, 1927, the Beverly Hills Police Department became a municipal organization. Blair was reelected becoming its first Chief of Police. Blair was in charge of one captain, three lieutenants, four sergeants, four motor officers, twenty-three patrolmen and three clerks.
The Beverly Hills Police Department moved to the city Hall in 1932. This remained its headquarters until 1990 when it moved to a new purpose-built police facility on Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills.
Detective Lynn Franklin is the most highly decorated officer in Beverly Hills Police history.
Police Chiefs of the BHPDEdit
Charles Blair (1927–1942) (First chief) Clinton H. Anderson (1942–1969) Joseph Paul Kimble (1969–1971) Brice L. Cork (1971–1975) Edward S. Kreins (1975–1979) Lee D. Tracy (1979–1985) Marvin P. Iannone (1985–2003) David L. Snowden (2004–present)
In Popular CultureEdit
The Beverly Hills police department has been featured in several films including the Beverly Hills Cop series and the 1986 comedy movie Down and Out in Beverly Hills.