Remembering Former Chief Harold A. Bastrup

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Harold A. Bastrup

By Kevin C. Rice

About 100 friends, family and people touched by the life of Harold A. Bastrup gathered Tuesday morning in Anaheim to memorialize Anaheim’s former police chief.

Bastrup, who served as chief from 1974-1978, implemented the police department’s first cautious pursuit policy, first Explorer Post and first SWAT team – although, at the time, it was dubbed, the Tactical Approach and Control Team.

“Harold was a fair and firm leader with a great sense of humor,” said current Anaheim police Chief John Welter. “His decisions reduced injuries and saved lives.”

Chief Bastrup will also be remembered for hiring the first African American man and woman to the police force in 1977.

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Chief Bastrup shaking hands with President Ronald Reagan

Retired Garden Grove Police Lt, Dennis Ellsworth said it was intimidating as a police explorer to walk through and work in the police station, but Chief Bastrup took the time from his schedule to meet with the explorers, give them a firm handshake and tour them around the station.

“This is a celebration of an incredible life,” said Rick Bastrup, his son.

Retired community college instructor and Bastrup’s close friend, Richard Barasch, said that Bastrup and his loving wife of 65 years, Elsie, valued the importance of family.

Bastrup is survived by Elsie and four children and two grandchildren.

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