Richard H. Sylvester Jr. (August 14, 1859 – December 11, 1930) was the Chief of Police for Washington, District of Columbia from July 1898 to April 1915. He was an early president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Sylvester played an influential role in militarization of U.S. police departments in the early 20th century.
Early years and education
Sylvester was born in Iowa City, Iowa on August 14, 1859 to Richard H. Sylvester Sr.
He attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he majored in law, but he dropped out to become a journalist. He began working at papers in the Midwest. He was sent to Washington, D.C. as a newspaper correspondent. He worked as a disbursement officer with the Ute Indian Commission.
In 1898 Sylvester became Chief of Police for Washington, DC in 1898.
Militarization of police
During his tenure as Police Chief, Sylvester advocated