So Joe Friday was violating department policy?
He wasn't in that series...
That was after the change over. But there was an earlier TV series and an earlier movie. I don't recall what kind of heat old Joe was packin' in the earlier shows. And I don't know how true to reality the earlier shows were. The later series was probably accurate.
And I don't know what LAPD did in the late 40s and 50s. They may have settled on the 6" some time in the 50s, then gone back to snubbies later in the 60s.
I was not with LAPD. I was with "another Major LE organization in Los Angeles". I'll see if I can find any of my old buddies from way back then who would know. Most of them aren't still alive.