Biography of Francis X. Latulipe, Jr.
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Francis X. Latulipe, Jr., who now holds the important position of chief criminologist of the San Francisco police department, has, through his years of experience in this type of work and his close study of the subject, become an acknowledged authority on criminology and its many intricate phases. He is a native of San Francisco, California, his birth having occurred here April 18, 1890, and he is a son of Francis X. and Anaza (Palin) Latulipe, the former being a prominent contractor of this city.

Mr. Latulipe studied in St. Peter's boys school and then entered the Sacred Heart College, from which he graduated in 1909. Next he matriculated at St. Mary's College, from which institution he received his diploma in the year 1911. During his collegiate career he was active in athletics, especially in track. After completing his studies, Mr. Latulipe spent a short time in the service of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and subsequently was associated with his father in the contracting business until 1913. In that year, he took the civil service competitive examination and passed with the highest grade of anyone who engaged in the test. He was appointed to the San Francisco city service for four years, and in 1917 was appointed to the local detective bureau. He next became draughtsman for the San Francisco police department, and in 1920 he was placed in charge of the photographic department of the same under Captain Matheson. In 1925-26, he served as secretary of detectives, then secretary of criminology, then inspector, and finally, in 1930, he was appointed to his present position as chief criminologist. He has attained this position solely through his own ability, brilliant achievements in the departmental service, and thorough methods of study and discharge of his duties. Criminological work in a metropolis the size of San Francisco is much more than a routine position; it is a scientific research, involving numerous complexities, a keen knowledge of human nature, and intelligence extraordinary. Mr. Latulipe has fulfilled the duties of his office with notable success and enjoys the confidence of all with whom he has come in contact.

In 1911, occurred the marriage of Mr. Latulipe and Miss Louise French, the ceremony having been performed in San Francisco. They are the parents of three children, namely: Eugenia, Robert, and Frank. Mr. Latulipe is a member of the Knights of Columbus fraternal organization and the South End Rowing Club. Outdoor sports constitute his favorite source of recreation. He has given his loyal attention to other civics affairs aside from the channels of his office, and is known as a public spirited man in every sense of the term.

From:
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931


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