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Parker Center: Los Angeles’ historic police headquarters shuttered after 57 years on the beat

It was a place that crooks feared and cops loved. Parker Center was the nation’s most modern police facility when it opened its glass doors 57 years ago. But as happens to a patrolman on the beat, old age finally took its toll. Its occupants have packed up and moved on. Det. Gus Villanueva reminisced in 2009 about his days there.

Photography and audio by Gary Friedman

Produced by Albert Lee


  1. January 15, 2013, 7:56 pm

    Great piece of history… thanks for that, Detective Villanueva & Friedman & Lee

  2. January 16, 2013, 1:56 pm

    The employees may have packed up, but the ghosts will remain and become great fodder for the next generations' story telling. Oh, if those walls could talk.

    By: fortyeighter

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