Adam Elmer Jansen (below) was forty-four when he became the twenty-third man to be San Diego’s Chief of Police on October 16, 1947. His tenure of fourteen years, upon retirement in 1962, was the longest in the history of the force. Jansen once said he joined the police department because he wanted to become Chief of Police. On assuming the office, he put into practice all he had learned and planned during the years he was coming up through the ranks.

Adam Elmer Jansen (below) was forty-four when he became the twenty-third man to be San Diego’s Chief of Police on October 16, 1947. His tenure of fourteen years, upon retirement in 1962, was the longest in the history of the force. Jansen once said he joined the police department because he wanted to become Chief of Police. On assuming the office, he put into practice all he had learned and planned during the years he was coming up through the ranks.

Police headquarters at 801 West Market Street

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