The Lincoln Police Department started a juvenile division in 1955 at the recommendation of Mayor Clark Jeary. Today we continue to have this division which is known as the Family Crimes Unit. This unit investigates serious crimes against children and missing juveniles.

One of the best known and widely publicized cases for the Lincoln Police Department occurred on January 27, 1958. Charles Starkweather started one of the biggest manhunts in the nation by killing 10 people. Before the investigation was over many officers from LPD spent countless hours investigation and searching the community for Starkweather and his accomplice Carol Fugate.

In 1959, 100 patrolmen, 4 meter maids and the juvenile unit made up the entire department. The central radio system controlled only 1 of the 20 police cruisers and 14 motorcycles.

Students huddle around Detective Frank Robbins while he presents different department weapons.
Paul Beave and Inspector Henninger
using the polygraph machine.


A group of night beat officers leaving the station to hit the streets.
From left to right: Warren Chrastil, Harry Peterson, B. Dean Leitner, Sgt. Bobbie Myers, Alfred Kelly and Robert Edmunds.


The new two-way radios often led to faster response times. Sgt. Dale Carpenter (pictured) was the chief dispatcher and was in charge of directing the patrol cars throughout Lincoln.


Policeman Reuben L. Nichols, also known as Ruby or Nick, retired at the age of 71 after nearly 40 years of service. His primary reason for leaving he said was his health and said he "feels sick about leaving." Sadly, Nick passed away only four months after retirement.


Detectives Robert Sawdon and Robert Butcher broke up an attempted robbery at the Safeway Store between 16th and 17th on South St. The picture shows the two detectives examining Detective Butcher's shoe, through which a bullet ricocheted.