April 1946: Part of the traffic squad of the Spokane Police Department gathers for a newspaper photo. The squad was made up of 20 officers, 16 on motorcycles. The chief of the department, Gerald S. Swartout, is at right in the civilian hat and coat.
Sept. 19, 2011 in City on Page A5
The motorcycle cops of the 1940s rode year-round, said retired officer Jack Latta, 88, who started patrolling Spokane streets in 1952. When winter came, Latta said, officers added sidecars for …