Under publisher Richard K. Fox beginning in 1877, it became the forerunner of the men's lifestyle magazine, the illustrated sports
/ Under publisher Richard K. Fox beginning in 1877, it became the forerunner of the men's lifestyle magazine, the illustrated sports weekly, the girlie/pin-up magazine, the celebrity gossip column, Guinness World Records-style competitions, and modern tabloid/sensational journalism.
In its heyday it was immensely influential. In the first part of the 20th century, the United States became the centre for professional boxing. It was generally accepted that the "world champions" were those listed by the Police Gazette.
During the Great Depression in 1932, the Police Gazette ceased publication, and was sold at auction. In 1933 it was revived and appeared twice a month, taking on more of the flavor of a girlie magazine, continuing for many decades. The tabloid finally ceased print publication in 1977.