Established in 2001, the California Law Enforcement Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit, public benefit, educational corporation with the sole intent of preserving the rich history of the peace officers who have served within the State of California.  The objective is to link those interested in preserving the past a forum for education, research, and the enjoyment of history through:

Police Museum: This 30 foot trailer displays the history of California peace officers in 11 galleries that trace the profession from Statehood to the present. Click here for the Police Museum

California Police Historian: The official society newsletter is produced on a quarterly basis and contains articles and information of interest to our membership.

Collector’s Show: Held each July in San Luis Obispo, the show provides law enforcement collectors, historians and enthusiasts a place to meet, network, and see fine displays of badges, patches, photos and other law enforcement historical memorabilia. Click here for the Collector’s Show

Web Site: The Society’s web site is the source for stories, news, forums, photos of old badges, and links to other sites of interest.

Membership is $40.00 per year or $400.00 one-time payment for a life membership. Click here for Membership

The Society is governed by a nine person, volunteer, board of directors.

For additional information about the California Law Enforcement Historical Society, please contact:

Gary Hoving, President
California Law Enforcement Historical Society
P. O. Box 254875
Sacramento, CA 95865-4875
Phone (805) 441-4936
Email: Gary Hoving

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How did the CLEHS Originate?

The California State Sheriff’s Association celebrated their 100 year anniversary in 1994. In recognition of the rich heritage of the Sheriffs, the CSSA requested historical displays from the various departments throughout the State for exhibition at the conference held in Modesto. A room dedicated to history was located next to the vendors area.

There were several agencies represented and a docent was provided by each participating office. Gary Hoving was selected by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff, Ed Williams, to represent his office.

During free time, the historians would gather and share information about their collection and exhibits. Included in that group was Brad Darling from the Kern County Sheriffs Department and Rick Sprain from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department.

It was realized that other historians and collectors existed from many departments in California. Recognizing the shared interest led to the formation and incorporation of the California Law Enforcement Historical Society in 2001. Included in the charter members were Brad Darling and Rick Sprain.

The original three officers of the CLEHS corporation were Evan Mason, Dr. Jack Jones and Gary Hoving.

Now you know the history of our history.