Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard as a cop in Los Angeles: What's the real truth? - 2017-10-30
We're glad to have back Chris Owen, author of the important work Ron, The "War Hero." Few people are as dedicated to nailing down details of L. Ron Hubbard's history as Chris. And he has another fine addition to his work for us today.
L. Ron Hubbard (in)famously claimed to have had a distinguished wartime career as a member of the United States Navy. He also claimed distinction as a member of the National Guard and US Marine Corps, in both of which he served briefly in the 1920s and 1930s. But the US armed forces were not the only uniformed services to be graced by Hubbard's presence.
The official Scientology version of Hubbard's biography states that he served in the late 1940s "as a Special Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department" (LAPD). The same assertion is made on the website of Criminon, the Scientology "anti-crime" front group. In 2015, the City of Los Angeles issued a resolution recognizing Hubbard for serving "communities as a Special Officer of the LAPD where he further studied the criminal element which was the foundation for the many humanitarian and social programs which are in use throughout Los Angeles today." The LAPD's Operations-West Bureau also presented the Church of Scientology with a police badge mounted on a plaque dedicated to Hubbard "in appreciation for his services as a Special Officer of the City of Los Angeles." So what is the truth behind the story of "Ron the Cop"?