Sjoquist and Thomas G. Hays are retired Captains from the Los Angeles Police Department as well as members of the Los Angeles
Police Department Historical Society Board. They are co-authors of a pictorial look at the Los Angeles Police Department.
to the book description of Images of America:
Los Angeles Police Department, “No police force in history has gained as much fame and notoriety as the Los
Angeles Police Department. The acronym LAPD is practically synonymous with the idea of professional law enforcement. The men
in blue who patrol Hollywood and the sprawling metropolis of L.A. have been investigated by screenwriters more times than
vice versa. With more than 9,300 sworn officers today, the LAPD endures seemingly endless controversies and media circuses.
But then there’s the other side of L.A.’s protective shield—the story of the force’s evolution alongside
the spectacular growth of its unique melting-pot city. This book’s rare and often never-before-published photographs
focus on that side: the excitement, danger, tragedy, and comedy of everyday beat cops and workaday detectives—with concessions
to their limelight representations, including Jack Webb’s Dragnet and Adam-12.”