The San Francisco Police Department was experiencing “a general resistance to authority” according to The San Francisco Police Officers’ Association Notebook (newsletter) for June of 1965. The newsletter acknowledged that this was also being demonstrated across the nation. “It is not uncommon for people of all ages, backgrounds and endeavors to openly resist police in the discharge of their duties.”
Despite the obvious challenges of the job, a young man named Napoleon Hendrix joined the force in 1965. A college grad, he had already served in the Air Force and had tried other jobs. He graduated from the 1966 San Francisco Police Academy and started his career.
He would quickly become an inspector, first in narcotics and then in homicide. Inspector Hendrix worked for the department for 34 years, retired in 1999 and died in 2009. Here is a tribute to him:
Recently, with the prevalence of cell phones, we are painfully aware of the officers who overstep their authority and in some cases commit crimes themselves. They need to be held accountable. There are many more officers who do their jobs, show up in emergencies and in some cases, give their lives to protect others.
The San Francisco Police Department just moved into new headquarters. The complex includes San Francisco Fire Station #4 and Southern Police Station. This Public Safety building also houses a Memorial Wall with the names of officers who have died in the line of duty.