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Thursday, November 6, 2008

[WA] No place for Chief Brame's face in new book on Tacoma Police History

...Brame isn’t pictured with the section of the book that covers his term as chief, nor are there details about his administration. The book does go into detail about the investigations after Brame killed his wife, Crystal Judson, and then himself and how the department responded...

A new book chronicles the Tacoma Police Department ‘AN INCREDIBLE JOB’Thin blue line comes alive in book about Tacoma Police
STACEY MULICK; stacey.mulick@thenewstribune.com
November 5th, 2008
[Excerpts] Triumphs, heartaches, scandals. The Tacoma Police Department’s historian, Erik Timothy, has detailed these stories of the past with information on the agency today in a new book, “More Than a Century of Service: The History of the Tacoma Police Department.” The 336-page book – filled with photos of officers, vehicles and equipment from the past 134 years – has been sold mostly to department members, retired officers and their families. A handful of copies will be available for the public to view. “He did an incredible job with this,” Police Chief Don Ramsdell said of Timothy. The history and scrapbook portions of the book detail how the department evolved and recount the stories of 10 officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. They also cover how the agency overcame scandals, including early corruption and the 2003 homicide-suicide involving Chief David A. Brame. “In this book, you will read stories that are fascinating and funny, tragic and terrible; stories of vice, corruption, bravery and boldness,” Timothy wrote in the forward. “You will read about the many challenges our department has faced over the years, from manpower shortages to equipment deficiencies; political interference to racketeers’ influence; to departmental in-fighting and factionalism”... Initially, Timothy was assigned one day a week away from patrol to work full time on the book. Joe Sexton, a community relations specialist, was assigned to help... The book details the rocky relationship between Chief Phillip Arreola and the police union in the late 1990s, and the homicide-suicide committed by Chief David A. Brame on April 26, 2003, and its aftermath. Brame isn’t pictured with the section of the book that covers his term as chief, nor are there details about his administration. The book does go into detail about the investigations after Brame killed his wife, Crystal Judson, and then himself and how the department responded.
Stacey Mulick, The News Tribune [Full article here]

1 comment:

  1. I informed your City Manager at the time he was "courting"Arreola that he was a bad choice and was being forced out by the Mayor of our city.
    He went ahead and appointed him because he was Hispanic-His mother was Polish and his father was spanish.
    Milwaukee made the same mistake

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