Theodore B. Seagroves, Chief of Police, 1977-80

Theodore B. Seagroves, Chief of Police, 1977-80

Theodore B. Seagroves was appointed chief of police in 1977 following the resignation of Jon P. Kindice. An internal affairs unit was created during his administration, founded in response to citizen complaints concerning officers’ use of force, dishonesty, and unauthorized release of confidential information. He completely reorganized the vice unit, selecting Cleo Warren as commander, the first African American to head a unit. Also during his tenure, Glenda Beard became the first woman promoted to sergeant. Other accomplishments including hiring the first bomb disposal technician, Bobby George, and using the polygraph test, with Louis J. Wheeler as the first examiner.