Retired Calif. cop celebrates 100th birthday

The captain started with the department in 1940, working in the old downtown jail


By Andie Adams
NBC San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Retired San Diego Sheriff’s Capt. Leland McPhie turned 100 years old Monday, and his old department did not miss the chance to celebrate the remarkable birthday at the Sheriff’s Museum. In honor of the centenarian, officials declared March 10 to be “Leland McPhie Day” in San Diego County. Among many gifts presented to him, McPhie was awarded a retired badge from the sheriff’s department with a special number on it: 100.

The captain started with the department in 1940, working in the old downtown jail. 

Sheriff’s officials said McPhie wrote the first Policy and Procedure manual for deputies who worked in the jail, and he helped design the newer central jail. He even designed a special lock for cell doors, which was patented. 

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