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Book chronicles 40 years of Leander police history

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When the Leander Police Department established in 1978, the department’s first law enforcement officers were entrusted to protect the rural town’s population of about 2,000 people.

To commemorate the department’s 40th anniversary, Asst. Chief Jeff Hayes has published a 204 page hardcover book, containing more than 800 photos of the individuals, insignia, equipment, vehicles and facilities that have constituted the Leander Police Department over the last 40 years.

“Retrospectus: A Photographic History of the Leander Police Department” takes a retrospective look at the evolution of the City’s municipal police agency from 1978, beginning with Leander’s first law enforcement officer, Chief C.D. Hill, through the decades to Chief Greg Minton’s department of today.

Over the course of two years, Hayes worked to compile hundreds of photographs donated by former department members and combed the archives of the Leander Police Department, the City of Leander, local newspapers and other community sources.

“This has certainly been a great deal of fun,” Hayes said, “I have met many former members of the department and made many new friends while working on this project.”

Priced at $49.39 per book on Lulu.com, Hayes said no profit will be collected from the project. Hayes compiled the book on his own time and makes absolutely no revenue from the sale of the book, which is priced at the cost of printing only. The book can be found here: http://www.leandertx.gov/police/page/leander-police-history-book

“A copy of the book will be donated to the Leander Public Library in hopes that this book will serve as an educational and historical preservation resource for years to come,” said Hayes. “As an assistant chief of police, I wanted to mark the progress of our organization and honor the men and women who helped make us who we are today.”

In 2003, as a Lieutenant for the Cedar Park Police Department, Hayes wrote a history book for that agency to commemorate its 30th Anniversary. The Cedar Park Historical Society published the book, “Reflections: The History of the Cedar Park Police Department.” That history book was the inspiration to compile materials for his most recent project.

Hayes remains interested in collecting old photos and memorabilia from the police department’s history to add to their growing archive. If you have something that you would like to share, he can be reached at jhayes@leandertx.gov

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