Robert Lamb, Jr.

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Marker located on the southeast corner of Indiana and Arctic Avenues

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Born in Bells Mill, Va., this longtime Atlantic City resident, served as a sergeant with the U.S. 3rd Army during World War II and received four Battle Stars. Upon discharge, he served 20 years as an Atlantic City Police Officer being awarded Atlantic City Patrolman of the Year and New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association Award for Valor. Lamb became the first commanding officer of the Police-Community Relations Unit which he founded. Upon retirement from the Department at the rank of captain, he was honored with a mayoral proclamation making June 23, 1969 "Captain Bob Lamb Day". Lamb then had a 31 year career with the U.S. Justice Department Community Relations Service. As Pacific Northwest Regional Director for 27 of those years he received the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award. The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) created the Robert Lamb, Jr. Humanitarian Award for law enforcement officials efforts in restricting the use of deadly force. He was a life member of the NAACP and was posthumously inducted into the Atlantic City Hall of Fame.


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Robert Lamb, Jr. moved to Atlantic City when he was very young. He attended the New Jersey College of Commerce and the Atlantic City Police School. Later in his career he would go on to complete specialized training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and graduate from the World Council of Churches Institute of Penology and International Human Relations in Geneva, Switzerland. His Community Relations Service was created to look into allegations of discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in Atlantic City. Lamb authored multiple books on law enforcement and proper police practices, and gave over 200 lectures on police-community relations at a wide variety of police academies and universities.

For more information, see these resources in the Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City Heritage Collections:
Atlantic City Press, article from June 6, 2000 and obituary from March 6, 2000



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