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Venice's Aero Police enforced the law from on high

Apr 9, 2011 10:29:14 PM- latimes.com
Otto 'Swede' Meyerhofer was the first member of the onetime resort city's aerial police force — and one of the first sky cops in the nation. For all the talk of them as crime fighters, a newspaper foresaw another valuable role: publicity vehicles.

When Otto "Swede" Meyerhofer joined the Venice police force in 1919, he guessed that few prisoners would attempt to jump from his vehicle.

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