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During the 1940's and 1950's the Beaumont Police Department went through a period of crisis and renewal.  Vice and corruption had taken root and flourished in Beaumont during this time period.  The town became known as the "Sin City" of the South.  The James Committee was appointed to investigate the problem in 1961.  The Committee's investigation led to the termination of Police Chief J.H. ("Jim") Mulligan and the appointment of Assistant Chief Willie Earl Bauer as the new Chief of Police of Beaumont.  He was given the task of cleaning up the city of crime.  Willie Bauer began his career with the Beaumont Police Department in 1937 as a patrolman, achieved the rank of sergeant in 1940, that of captain in 1948, and then assistant chief in 1950.  He went on to successfully rid Beaumont of the major crime that had plagued it for many years.  The scrapbooks total 21 volumes and consist of newspaper clippings, photographs, certificates, and program guides for his time while in service as assistant and then chief of Police for Beaumont.  The scrapbooks cover a time period from 1937 through to 1982.

 
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