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Crime History: Pioneer of modern police tactics dies at home

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On this day, Nov. 4, in 1955, August Vollmer, considered to be the father of modern law enforcement, took his own life at age 79 rather than be bed-ridden with cancer. Vollmer became a Berkeley, Calif., hero in 1904 when he leapt onto a runaway freight train and prevented a terrible collision with a passenger coach. As the chief of the Berkeley Police Department , from 1909 to 1931,...