Police Officer Alvin C. Gillem

Police Officer Alvin C. Gillem

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, April 12, 1917

Alvin C. Gillem

Officer Gillem was killed when he was struck by a drunk driver on San Pablo Avenue. He was standing on the sidewalk when the driver lost control of his vehicle and ran over him. The suspect was apprehended and charged with manslaughter. He was tried and acquitted on July 20, 1917.

Officer Gillem was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Acquitted

Most Recent Reflection

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Every year since 2009 I have made the blue ribbons with the 51 names of the Oakland Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. It is my honor to do this for the fallen officers. The ribbons hang on a tree outside the Warehouse Bar and Grill in Oakland, California for all to see the sacrifice they have made to keep us safe. God bless you all and rest in peace.

A grateful citizen

February 23, 2012

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