Police Officer Leslie O. Clem

Police Officer Leslie O. Clem

Glendale Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, May 28, 1926

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Leslie O. Clem

Police Officer Leslie Clem was killed in a motorcycle crash while pursuing a traffic violator on La Cañada Boulevard.

During the course of the pursuit his motorcycle struck streetcar tracks, causing Officer Clem to be thrown from the bike. He was transported to Physicians' and Surgeons' Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the next day.

Officer Clem had served with the Glendale Police Department for 1-1/2 years.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Thursday, May 27, 1926
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Not available

vehicle pursuit

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I grew up in Glendale & attended elementary school just down the street at verdugo woodlands elementary. I have crossed Canada bl countless times on foot & bicycles & new of the dangers as a young child. I was never aware that way back in the early 20’s that a motorcycle officer had tragically lost his life in that area. I just want to leave a note that officer Clem was taken at a young age of only 25 years old way back then trying to make the streets safer. I hope his family knows that he will never be forgotten. RIP my motor brother.

Rich Prindle P2+2 Motors
LAPD retired

January 6, 2021

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