FRED W. HEERE
One of the most efficient police officers of the East Bay district is Fred W. Heere, chief of the police department
of Piedmont, whose record has gained I him a well merited reputation as a capable and reliable official. He was
born in St. Louis, Missouri, February 5, 1888, and secured his elementary education in the public schools of that
city, after which he matriculated in the Barnes Medici College, in which he pursued the regular course. Instead
of engaging in the practice of medicine, however, he came to California, arriving in Los Angeles in 1905, ands
there was employed for a short time in a meat packing plant owned by an uncle. In 1906 he came to Oakland, and
soon afterward accepted the position of assistant engineer in the engineering department of the city of Alameda.
In 1916 Mr. Deere became a patrolman in the Oakland police department and in the following yearn joined the Piedmont
police department. In 1918 he took a course in finger print identification and criminology under Chief August Volmer,
of the Berkeley police department, and soon afterward was appointed a detective sergeant in the Piedmont department.
On January 1, 1927, he was made chief of the department, with fifteen men under him, and has proven well qualified
in every respect for the position.
Mr. Heere was united in marriage to Miss (Mrs. Catherine Plunkett, nee) Neal, who is a native of this state. He
is a member of Plymouth Lodge, No. 560, F. & A. M., at Oakland, the California Peace Officers Association,
the California Safety Conference, the International Identification Association and is a director of the California
Identification Association. A man of alert mentality, faithful and fearless in the discharge of duty, and a close
and constant student of his calling, he is recognized as a man of more than ordinary ability and commands the unqualified
confidence and respect of the people of his community.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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