Circa 1915 Oakland Police badge #198 issued to O.G. Engdol. Below is a photo of Engdol wearing his Sergeant badge
Sergeant O.G. Engdol Oakland Police Department. Wearing badge #198.
Oakland Police Department badge #139 issued to
Edward K. Long on 2-2-12.
Oakland Police Officer Edward K. Long seated on the passenger side.
Oakland Police Officer Eddie Long was born Sept 4 1876 in Illinois, and came to California around 1896. After working at Judson as a steel worker, he joined the force on Feb. 2, 1912. Early on he was a mounted policeman in Piedmont before there were radios or patrol cars. The horse knew the beat well enough that Eddie could doze off in the saddle, and the horse would walk from call box to call box and stop at each one so that Eddie could call in the all-clear. Then he was one of the very first to drive an OPD patrol car. He also walked a beat on Broadway and at the 16th Street railroad depot with his partner D. Hugle. The bar fight in the article was sometime in 1941., as was the incident in the second article attached here. He retired in 1946 and died in 1974 at the age of 97. Photo and info courtesy of Ray Miller, OPD Retired.
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