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Jan. 13, 2015, 3:11 PM

PPD 176 #09© 1985-1986 William Karl Valentine grew up visiting the Pasadena Police Department, where his father was a reserve police officer. When Valentine enrolled at Arizona State University to study photography, he decided that his first project would be a documentation of the police department.

Over the course of four years at ASU, Valentine logged over 1,000 hours shadowing officers in the department, photographing every major operation and event that he was there to witness. What has resulted is a fantastic time capsule of what it was like to be police officer in an LA suburb when the Drug War was on full blast.

Valentine shared a number of photos with us here, but you can .

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The access allowed Valentine to tag along in almost any situation. Here, Officer Banuelos and Agent Olquin control a DUI suspect resisting arrest.

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Agent DuWayne Moe gives field-sobriety tests to another driver suspected of a DUI, while Officer Bob Lomeli translates.

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Detective Lt. Whitaker holds the photo of a homicide victim in her apartment. Valentine was allowed into crime scenes with ease.

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Agent Calvin Pratt dusts for fingerprints in a recovered stolen vehicle.

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Pasadena was also at the center of a turf war between the notorious Bloods and Crips gangs. Here, Agent Lionel Salgado looks for crack cocaine in a Crip's mouth.

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There was plenty of boring police work to document, like this patrol during the Pasadena Centennial Parade in 1986.

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Officer Randy Taylor issuing a citation on Lincoln Avenue.

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Officer Kevin Hall monitors the Doo Dah Parade, a flamboyant parade held in Pasadena every year.

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Often, Valentine was trying to show the personality of each officer, like he did with this portrait of Officer Gary Capuano, who he calls a “happy-go-lucky guy” and a “great street cop.”

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Valentine's experience following the Pasadena police department inspired him to become a police officer. He joined the Chino, Calif. police department after graduation, working there until his retirement in 2008.

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