The Lincoln Police Department started a juvenile division in 1955 at the recommendation of Mayor Clark Jeary. Today we continue to have this division which is known as the Family Crimes Unit. This unit investigates serious crimes against children and missing juveniles.
One of the best known and widely publicized cases for the Lincoln Police Department occurred on January 27, 1958. Charles Starkweather started one of the biggest manhunts in the nation by killing 10 people. Before the investigation was over many officers from LPD spent countless hours investigation and searching the community for Starkweather and his accomplice Carol Fugate.
In 1959, 100 patrolmen, 4 meter maids and the juvenile unit made up the entire department. The central radio system controlled only 1 of the 20 police cruisers and 14 motorcycles.
using the polygraph machine.
A group of night beat officers leaving the station to hit the streets.
From left to right: Warren Chrastil, Harry Peterson, B. Dean Leitner, Sgt. Bobbie Myers, Alfred Kelly and Robert Edmunds.