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January 18

History of the Alameda County Sheriffs

Travel back to 1853, when Alameda County emerged on the eastern shores of the San Francisco Bay. In its early days, this primarily agricultural region faced challenges ranging from cattle rustling to thievery on the route to the California goldfields, earning a reputation as one of the most lawless areas. From legendary lawmen like Harry Morse to infamous outlaws such as Joaquin Murietta, the sheriffs and deputies of Alameda County navigated a tumultuous landscape.

As the county evolved, so did the challenges for law enforcement. The 20th century brought a shift to handling antiwar demonstrations, riots, kidnappings, suburban and rural crime, earthquakes, and other disasters. The men and women of the county’s law enforcement were consistently prepared to respond, their endeavors often making headlines. Notably, during the 1960s and 1970s, the sheriff’s office crowd control unit gained international recognition as the “Blue Meanies.”

Local historian and author Steven S. Minniear, in collaboration with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Archive, has meticulously collected photographs and information from across Alameda County. Join us as he unveils previously unseen images and recounts forgotten stories that have shaped the sheriff’s office and the communities it serves.

This virtual program promises to be an enlightening journey through time, providing a unique perspective on the challenges and triumphs faced by the Alameda County Sheriffs. Don’t miss opportunity to delve into the rich history of our community.

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