The Blue and The Gold: A history of the Urbana Police Department 1855-1976

The Blue and The Gold: A history of the Urbana Police Department 1855-1976

by Matthew C. Rivers


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The history of the Urbana, Illinois Police Department is a history of the city itself.

This book is an examination of how the City of Urbana, Illinois shaped its law enforcement, told through the stories of its sworn protectors.

No one knows the city better than those who have patrolled its streets over the past 160 years. This is their story, the story of the Blue and the Gold

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998671000
Publisher: Laura Weidert
Publication date: 10/25/2017
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Matthew C. Rivers was born in Westwood, New Jersey and grew up in a musical family in Poughkeepsie, New York. He attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Maryland for degrees in Music, studying under world-renowned musicians Robin Eubanks, Chris Vadala, and Jim McFalls.

Mr. Rivers joined the Urbana (Illinois) Police Department in 2008. There, he served as a field training officer, METRO SWAT team operator, detective, and patrol sergeant. Mr. Rivers also coordinated the UPD Honor Guard, the Urbana Police Department History Project, and was involved with the Crime Scene Unit, TASER Program, and Peer Support Program. Mr. Rivers was the first recipient of the UPD Heroism Award in 2012, and was the 2011 Officer of the Year.

Now living and working in North Texas, Mr. Rivers enjoys playing, writing, and singing music, theology, training for and running marathons, the Boston Red Sox, being outdoors, and time with his family.

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