Inspector John Schueler Sr

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Inspector John Schueler Sr

John Schueler Sr. born 10 April 1897 later became a Baltimore City Police Officer. There are many articles about his career in law enforcement. He became a Patrolman in 1919 at age 22, by age 30 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, three years later he was again promoted this time to the rank of Lieutenant. By age 36 he was a Captain, and then ten years later at age 46 he was promoted to the rank of Inspector.

He was the first Director of the Police Boys Club and the youngest Inspector the department had seen in his time. 

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In trying to guess the date of the above pictures we take the following into consideration, and hope the information will help, educate us on the years many changes took place, and perhaps help with dating other pictures with some of the clues we find or don't find here.

1944 - 7 Nov 1908 to 7 Oct 1944 - BPD wore the round hats. This was right after the Bobby helmet, and before 8-point hats seen today.
1952 - 28 June 1952 - The department started using a Single Rocker type shoulder patch on the left shoulder. No shoulder patch tells us it was before the 1952 date
1966 - 29 April 1966 - The Nameplate was first worn by City Police Officers, no nameplate tells us this was before the 1966 date
1966 - 1 July 1966 - The title/rank "Inspector" ends, and the new rank Deputy Commissioner takes its place. Seeing Inspector on his hat device tells us, this was prior to that 1966 date.

The “Round hat,” tells us all we need to know here, but the other info is interesting for us BPD history nerds.

If I had to guess, I would say this was taken on or around the day he was promoted to Inspector which would have been in 1943 the year prior to our hat changing from the round hat to the 8-point hat.


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