California Police Chief- Fall 2013 - Page 4

Eureka! Harpham to retire After 55-years, Murl Harpham is one of the longest-serving lawmen in California history He was appointed a sergeant in 1968 and a captain in 1978, but his passion always has been being a street cop. “That’s what police work is all about,” he says. “Helping people out.” “Back when I started,” he says, “we went out on the streets with a baton and a handgun and handcuffs. We had one portable radio, and it took two of us to carry it.” Murl Harpham is considering retiring later this year to spend more time roaming around his 25-acre mountain property on his beloved tractor, or lolling around on his houseboat on Trinity Lake, in Trinity County north of Redding. Harpham has thousands of stories, but a few that quickly come to mind include the day he helped deliver a baby in the back of a patrol car in the early 1960s, and the time he stopped a rape in progress while out on patrol at night. Now, like most police agencies, the Eureka PD has fancy things like license-plate readers to locate stolen cars and cameras on buildings to help solve break-ins, as well as a vibrant presence on social media sites. If and when he does step down, Harpham – police chief of Eureka, the redwood-rich city situated along the Northern California coastline 280 miles ?????[???[??\???[?[X????[?H8?$??[?\B??[X\??X?H[??[??[\??\?Y\?[??[Y???XH]?[????[Y[? ???[??H?[?H NMM?]?\??[??HH?\?\?Y\?H??\??X?Y?Y?\?[H?Y?[?[??[??Y?H?HH]\?Z?B??X?H\\?Y[? \?[H\????Y???\?B?[?K?????H?[??HX] ]8?&\?[?H[??MHYX\???]H?[YH]?[????[Y[?Y?[??K??[??[?\????X?[???[H H[?H?X??\?????\?[XX?H?[?H?XYH??\[?\?[H?[?B??H[?[??YX\? M??]H]\?Z?H ??\?H\?H?]??????[?]?[????[Y[?]?¸?$?][?H?]H?[YH\\?Y[? ?8?']8?&\??Y[?H??????8?'H?^\?\?[K ?K?8?'?]?\?H[[?Y[? ??'B?H??Y]??[???\??\?Y\?8?$?\??]??]H??H?^\¸?$?\?[H\??Y[?[?\?[H?X?H?YY??]\?Z?B???\?[Y\?][???X??? NNK?H?\??[YY?YY????[?H ?  ? LH?[?H]\?Z?H?]H??[??[?\???X?H??[?H?X??\????x?&\?Y?[??\??Y??B???H?YY???X?K?]?^\?x?&\??]?\??X[H?Y[??[?\?\?Y ?Y?\??[????H?]?H??Y]?H?^\???'?\?HH?X??\?YY]?H??Y ??'B????H?^\?x?&\?[???Z[???Z[??]\?Z?x?&\???? ??\??YZ[??H\\?Y[??] L???????X?\??[???]?[?H?Y[?Y??HH?]H?Y[?H\????[ ??\??X?H?YY?\?[H\?\?YZY???X?\??[??\????X?[??Y\???[ ????Y??]\??\?Y\?\?[H\?X\??YB??\]][?\?H?X]???]H?[?Y???]]?B?]]YK?8?'H]?HH?^Z[??8?'HH?^\?8?']8?&\?[?\?]]YK???[?\?\]YK]?[Y??X?[?\?[]YH]???[?[?Y?K??'B?][???H\?[Y?\YX[?H?\?Y\???????????Z[?H?Y?B???H??Y?\?[x?&\????]H]\?Z?H?]?[????Y? ?YX\???XX?[??]H??Y?H??H?Y?????X?HX?Y[^H[?\?H?Z[?\???? ??? ?H?[[??]?[????[Y[??H?[??K??H?]]?H??\?[????]H H?]?\?X\?]?\?] K?\?[H?[YH?]\?Z?H?H??Y?H????[????\??\ ?[?[?[?HY?[??]?H?X??\?[x?&\??]XY][X???]H[?]?\??]H??]??\????[\[??\[?\??H\??\??YX\?^Z[???H?YY?]HYXH??X??Z[??H]?Y\???[B?[???Y?KH???Y]H?]?Z[??H?]?]??[??H??[????\?H?????\??[\?H?\??\?[??Y?????[?Z?Y?][????Y?\??YX][?????H??Y?H\?[H[?YH?\?[???[?]B?[X??[Y\??\?[H?\?H?X?H?\?\???H[Y\??X?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x?&]?H?]?\????Y ??'H8?(???\?[H?X?[?XZ?[?? ? H[?[????[???^^\?H?YZ?\?H?X?H?\?\??[?]\?Z?x?&\??X?H?YY??[HH??[XZ?H ? H\?[??\?H???[H][??[? ?\????'H?Y?\?Yx?&Y?]\??H?[??] ?X?H???H[???][??X??]] 8?'H\?[H?^\???X??[?\?H?\????X?HX?Y[^H??]??Y? ??]\?Z?x?&\??X?H?YY?[?Y\?[HH??H?B??]H[?[??H[?H?[Y???XH?ZX?H??H[???\?Y[H??YH[H[?H???H]????Y?\??Y??\?8?'H??X]???K??'B?\?[H?X?[?H?X?H?YY???Z[??[??B????HY?\???^\?[?[[??[K8?'[?x?&]?H?Y[?[??\????H??[??Y? ??'B?\?[H?\?[?[?Y??HH^H]\?\?H]????X?\??[?X\??[??[?HX??]]?[????[Y[???Y???[?[???X?\?????\??Y\?\?Y[???\??[\??Y??X?X[?\??\?]Y??H??HY?[????]\?\?[B????[?? ? L??????