Friday and Gannon are at a community college to recruit potential new police officers. With race relations a little tense in late '60s Los Angeles, a majority of the men in the room are African-American. A few of them are dubious about joining the police service. But a few are open to the idea. Later, Officer Dave Robers, also African-American, is rethinking returning to duty after being badly wounded during a robbery. Relations with his neighbors have soured and he thinks it's affecting him on the job. Friday and Gannon try to talk him out of resigning. Roberts ...
On an April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennesee. With riots erupting all over the United States, the Los Angeles Police Department braces for worse case scenarios such as rioting and bomb threats. Friday and Gannon are assigned to the command post and monitor the situation from there and wait for the first sign of trouble. However, as the weekend progresses Friday notes that Los Angeles is quieter than normal and that many of the people are doing their best to remember that Dr. King stood for peace.
The LAPD has just been informed that The President of the United States will be making a trip to LA. They have only been given a few hours to prepare. They work with The Secret Service to secure the location at which The President will be holding a press conference.
A reporter for a New York magazine wants to do a piece on female police cadets. She's known for not making the people she writes about very attractive. Friday is assigned to escort her around the Academy.
Friday and Gannon are sent to meet with a group of business owners who are looking to organize a crime prevention group to help cut crime in their neighborhood. While doing a cursory inspection they identify a number of problems that may encourage burglaries. Most of the business owners don't feel that they are vulnerable to crime.
While investigating the murder of a pretty young career girl, Friday and Gannon meet a little old man named Calvin Lampe who is more than a little interested in their investigation. In fact, he even is looked at as a suspect because of his attention to every detail in the case. However, the two detectives are in for a big shock when they find out that Mr. Lampe is a retired chief of detectives and that he is a good friend of their boss, Captain Hugh Brown. Lampe's know how and good old fashioned detective work are a big help as Joe and Bill try to solve a very ...
Friday and Gannon come up with the idea of using dogs to sniff out marijuana smugglers. They'll have to find a dog and demonstrate it works while enduring their colleagues' skepticism of the wild idea.
Friday and Gannon go undercover at a hotel to find the location of an illegal gambling operation. Soon after spreading the word they're looking for some action they are driven to a late-night game in the Hollywood Hills. After the game the detectives give the location of the residence to their boss and a raid is set for the following night.
Friday and Gannon have less than two hours to find the dog that bit a little girl five days earlier. Normally, treatment consists of serum injections followed by vaccine inoculations, but in this case the girl is highly allergic to the anti-rabies serum and it could kill her.
Frank Barker, wants Joe to help him get a firearms license for the Fielder Militia. The LAPD knows that the militia's weapons are stolen from the Army, so they have Joe string Barker along until they can arrest him and grab the weapons.