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This 6 cylinder 1930 Chrysler Touring car was purchased prior to the September 17, 1930 robbery of the National Bank and Trust Company. Two 1930 Plymouths were also purchased at the same time but, were not liked by the officers because they only had 4 cylinder engines.

1930: Following the robbery of the National Bank & Trust Company on September 17, 1930, Chief Johnstone was replaced by Acting Chief Walter Anderson by order of Mayor Don Love. Chief Anderson wrote a summary of the department and refered to the 1930 cars as a 1930 Plymouth Coach 4 cylinder, 1930 Plymouth Touring 4 cylinder, and a 1930 Chrysler Touring 6 cylinder. The letter also lists a Model T truck, 1924 Dodge Roadster, 1926 Dodge Coupe, 1926 Ford Touring car, and 7 Harley Davidson motorcycles. Letter stated Harleys had been in use for about two years. It is believed the Henderson motorcycles were traded in for them in 1925.

  • Purchase cars #32, 44, 56: $2,354.00
  • Feed and care for horse $389.25
  • Truck attachment for motorcycle $100.00

1931: Chief Anderson reorganization also included $1,379.26 for guns and ammunition with the purchase of two Thompson machine guns. The cars purchased were two 1930 Ford Model A's (purchased January 4, 1931) and a 1930 Buick Touring car. The Buick had steel plates installed around the radiator, interior panels, and front tires. Bullet proof glass was installed in the windshield and side wings. This armored car was in direct response to the police being criticized as ineffective against the bank robbers in 1930. Henderson ends production of motorcycles. With the exception of the very early purchases of Indian and Henderson motorcycles, Harley Davidson would be the choice of LPD until 1982 when Kawasaki motorcycles were used.

  • Purchase cars #61, 64, 100: $3,265.00
  • New motorcycles $1,289.00 (4 of the 7 Harley Davidsons were traded in)

1932: Ford ends production of the Model A. The new Municipal Building at 10th and Q is completed.

  • Purchase cars #7, 91: $1,450.00
  • Purchase motorcycles and side cars $1,276.63
  • Construction of police range $1,441.79
  • Build / purchase garage building at 9th and Q. $3,918.06

1933: Mayor Fenton Fleming removes Chief Anderson and appoints William Condit as the new Chief of Police. The new radio communication system is finally installed in a few select vehicles. Car units can only receive information. No vehicle purchases listed in the Annual Report.

1934: A photo of Cruiser #23 found to be a 1933 Ford assigned to the Accident Investigation Squad. Cruiser #87 is also a 1933 Ford and was photographed after the April 2, 1934, pursuit by Officer Frank Robbins and Officer Volcott Condit of a suspicious vehicle. It was later determined that the three occupants inside the suspect vehicle had robbed a bank in Oklahoma. Officer Condit was the Chief's son. The photo of Cruiser #87 shows broken glass and bullet holes near the windshield. Purchase cars #22, 32, 61, 64, 87, 137: $3,395.00.

1935: Walter Anderson is reinstated as Chief of Police. New motorcycle purchased: $724.00.

1936: New motorcycle #4: $194.50. New cars purchased #39, 105: $1,880.00.

1937: New motorcycles #5, 6, 7: $1,670.60. New cars purchased #34, 110, 157: $1,776.25.

1938: No vehicle purchases listed in the Annual Report.

1939: New autos and truck: $2,827.00.





Ford Model A





1933 Ford





1934: New 1933 Fords purchased by LPD. The top photo shows Vehicle 87 which was used in a pursuit on April 2, 1934. Broken glass on the running board is from shots fired at and striking the windshield. Lower photo shows Vehicle 23 which was used by the accident investigation squad.1934 Department personnel roster shows 1 Brake/Light Officer and 1 Plainclothesman / Photographer.