Dallas Police Department Museum

Dallas Police Department Museum The Dallas Police Museum is a work in progress. When the museum is completed it will be open to the public, at the Jack Evans, Dallas Police Headquarters.

Keeping it light on this Day in Dallas Police history.  1951 New radio room opened in City Hall.  Moving from the world ...
11/22/2015

Keeping it light on this Day in Dallas Police history. 1951 New radio room opened in City Hall. Moving from the world war era radio room at WRR Fair Park office.

Gayle Tippit is the oldest living retiree of the Dallas Police Department, a well deserved article in the Advocate Magaz...
11/06/2015
Meet Tip, the other Officer Tippit - Lake Highlands

Gayle Tippit is the oldest living retiree of the Dallas Police Department, a well deserved article in the Advocate Magazine

Dallas Police Officer G.M. “Tip” Tippit, a Lake Highlands resident, was off duty on Nov. 22, 1963. As tragic events — the assassinations of...

Click here to support Boy/Girl Scouting Patches by Roderick Janich
11/02/2015
Click here to support Boy/Girl Scouting Patches by Roderick Janich

Click here to support Boy/Girl Scouting Patches by Roderick Janich

The Dallas Police Museum located on the 2nd floor of Police headquarters has more than a hundred years of stories, artifacts, photos and equipment. We believe the museum gives the public a better understanding of the sociological history of Dallas, Texas and deepes the meaningful work the men an...

New in the Dallas Police Museum image archive.  May 27, 1984 two Dallas Police Officers were injured while at the scene ...
10/29/2015

New in the Dallas Police Museum image archive. May 27, 1984 two Dallas Police Officers were injured while at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. Mr. Frederick Gray drove on to the scene, provided aid to the injured officers and help control the scene so not further accidents occur. The family of Mr. Gray shared the certificate and the image of Mr. Gray receiving his commendation from then Chief of Police Billy Prince.

October 26, 1979 the Dallas Police Department launched an  intense investigation of the disappearance of a 7 year old Da...
10/27/2015

October 26, 1979 the Dallas Police Department launched an intense investigation of the disappearance of a 7 year old Dallas girl. After an exhaustive investigation in Dallas, the remains of this young girl were found in Van Zandt County in December 1979.

New Images for the archives of the Dallas Police Museum.  The Dallas Police Canine Unit was established in 1961, Selton ...
09/20/2015

New Images for the archives of the Dallas Police Museum. The Dallas Police Canine Unit was established in 1961, Selton Norman #1244 was a trailblazer in the canine unit. Norman helped establish and train Dallas Police canines. In the first image Rebel and Norman are seen searching the Whiterock spillway. The second is Norman and Rebel poising for a camera. Then the lighter side of Rebel, in a wagon, love the look on Rebel in the wagon. The images of the bad guys are from a "hook" book. Hooks is a term for of course the bad guys police encounter or have encountered on the streets. Before computers in the cars officers carried "hook" books to remind them of bad guy/girl encounters on the street. THANK YOU TO THE NORMAN FAMILY FOR SHARING THESE IMAGES.

September 15, 1910 the Dallas Police Department enter the auto car age.  Replacing the horse drawn patrol wagon.
09/15/2015

September 15, 1910 the Dallas Police Department enter the auto car age. Replacing the horse drawn patrol wagon.

A long standing tradition of the Dallas Police Department of wearing hats, even inside the patrol car eased September 13...
09/13/2015

A long standing tradition of the Dallas Police Department of wearing hats, even inside the patrol car eased September 13, 1968. So only outside the squad cars must the uniform patrol officers wear a hat.

On this day in Dallas Police history, September 12,1982 the loss of long time Dallas area lawman Hugh Hartson.
09/12/2015

On this day in Dallas Police history, September 12,1982 the loss of long time Dallas area lawman Hugh Hartson.

In 1978 Hazeltine Company started testing with the Dallas Police Department an Automated Vehicle Monitoring system.  Ear...
09/10/2015

In 1978 Hazeltine Company started testing with the Dallas Police Department an Automated Vehicle Monitoring system. Early GPS, this helped the dispatchers locate the closest patrol vehicle to a call. This system was to not acurate and abandoned, groundbreaking but maybe to advanced for it's time.

September 7, 1921 the Dallas Police Department added a new weapon to fight crime.  Air Power, this was short lived but S...
09/06/2015

September 7, 1921 the Dallas Police Department added a new weapon to fight crime. Air Power, this was short lived but September 7, 1921 Pilots given police auxiliary status. This is a one of the first mentions of the use of air craft to the Dallas Police Department. The current air unit was made aware of this information and added it to the history of Dallas Police Air Unit.

Added this great photograph to the collection of the Dallas Police Museum collection.  This is an image from Bob Irby, L...
09/02/2015

Added this great photograph to the collection of the Dallas Police Museum collection. This is an image from Bob Irby, Long time DPD Detective Retired. Bob Irby in 1963 was given the outstanding officer of the year award. He explained the honor was not the Officer of the Year, that was first place, but Irby was such an excellent officer the "Outstanding Officer of the Year" was a runner up. Still a great officer, Irby went on to a long career with the Dallas Police Department.

On this date August 1933.  When in doubt put out the fuse.  One brave Dallas Police Detective responding to a call about...
08/31/2015

On this date August 1933. When in doubt put out the fuse. One brave Dallas Police Detective responding to a call about sticks of dynamite in a business. I love the articles that give the address where something occurred. My inner "history geek" kicks in, what is at the location now. Fair Park consumed 1435 Second Ave.

August 30, 1956 the end of the summer picnic for the Dallas Police Department.  Sounds good old days had by all.
08/30/2015

August 30, 1956 the end of the summer picnic for the Dallas Police Department. Sounds good old days had by all.

August 29, 1976, no free phone calls for Dallas Police Officers. Calls to HQ will cost officer a dime, or more after thi...
08/29/2015

August 29, 1976, no free phone calls for Dallas Police Officers. Calls to HQ will cost officer a dime, or more after this date in 1976. Patrol Officers would keep a dime secreted somewhere on the gun belt to "drop a dime" and call HQ.

August 28, 1980 Dallas Police Officer Scott Lane, shot in the line of duty, saved by his protective vest.
08/29/2015

August 28, 1980 Dallas Police Officer Scott Lane, shot in the line of duty, saved by his protective vest.

This day in Dallas Police History, Chief of Police Carl Hansson passes.  Chief Hansson was a trailblazer in many ways, h...
08/27/2015

This day in Dallas Police History, Chief of Police Carl Hansson passes. Chief Hansson was a trailblazer in many ways, he established the badge numbering system, still intact today. and Chief Hansson also started the first official training academy.

August 25, 1983 Dallas Police Officer Ronald Iscaro was seriously wounded during an armed confrontation.  All who have s...
08/26/2015

August 25, 1983 Dallas Police Officer Ronald Iscaro was seriously wounded during an armed confrontation. All who have served with the Dallas Police Department have know Ron and his courageous battle with his injuries. To date Ron Iscaro still serves proudly with the Dallas Police Department.

New Artifact for the Police Museum Collection.  While attending a retiree function, one of the BEST sources for stories ...
08/22/2015

New Artifact for the Police Museum Collection. While attending a retiree function, one of the BEST sources for stories and artifacts. The Dallas Police Museum was presented an original hand painted SANTA COP poster. This item was dated 1985 and was hand painted by Police Officer Ron Cowart.
After returning to the headquarters with my cherished find I set off hunting down the artist. Pictured is Crisis Intervention Specialist Ron Cowart. Mr. Cowart retired from the police department and is working with as a crisis intervention specialist for the city. Ron was overwhelmed that his poster was back home. Pictured is Ron with his artwork. Next stop for SANTA COP is a protective frame and on display just in time for the holidays.

The Dallas Police Department has used a volunteer/auxiliary/reserve  force that dates on and off since 1913.  These are ...
08/16/2015

The Dallas Police Department has used a volunteer/auxiliary/reserve force that dates on and off since 1913. These are unpaid personnel used in various capacities through out these years. The more modern reserve systems provides training that meets Texas State Law Enforcement Standards for peace officers. August 15, 1981 the City of Dallas approved that the Police Reserve Officers, that meet the standards may carry a firearm during the course of their reserve duties. Ever since this date all Dallas Police Reserves are armed in the course of duty.

Got a call from Austin Texas a couple days ago and a donation was sent of this 1899 Dallas Police Department Annual.  Th...
08/13/2015

Got a call from Austin Texas a couple days ago and a donation was sent of this 1899 Dallas Police Department Annual. This came from the a friend of George A. Smith Sr./George A. Smith Jr. both at one time members of the Dallas Police Department, and founders of Smith Security. George A. Smith Sr. is pictured in this great book. The handwritten nicknames on some of the officer makes this piece so so so special. Note the prominate mustaches of the era. The donor reached through our website at dallaspolicemuseum.org. Keep an eye out for those Dallas Police items, we are always interested in artifacts.

Got a call from Austin Texas a couple days ago and a donation was sent of this 1899 Dallas Police Department Annual. This came from the a friend of George A. Smith Sr./George A. Smith Jr. both at one time members of the Dallas Police Department, and founders of Smith Security. George A. Smith Sr. is pictured in this great book. The handwritten nicknames on some of the officer makes this piece so so so special. Note the prominate mustaches of the era. The donor reached through our website at dallaspolicemuseum.org. Keep an eye out for those Dallas Police items, we are always interested in artifacts.

This image was found recently in the Dallas Public Library and generously donated to the Dallas Police Museum.   After c...
08/11/2015

This image was found recently in the Dallas Public Library and generously donated to the Dallas Police Museum. After countless hours of fundraising, and generous support by members of the Dallas Police Department both present and past, the 1936 image of the makes it's debut in the Dallas Police Museum. This image was taken in 1936 and is the ENTIRE Dallas Police Department. End to End the image is 109 inches long. Next to each of the 272 members, is a number and at the bottom is the corresponding name. This image was staged in front of the Masonic Lodge on Harwood street in downtown Dallas. The protective frame was manufactured and designed by Museum Arts Company to protect this image from the elements for generations to come. Thanks to the supportors of the Dallas Police Museum. More displays to come.

This image was found recently in the Dallas Public Library and generously donated to the Dallas Police Museum. After countless hours of fundraising, and generous support by members of the Dallas Police Department both present and past, the 1936 image of the makes it's debut in the Dallas Police Museum. This image was taken in 1936 and is the ENTIRE Dallas Police Department. End to End the image is 109 inches long. Next to each of the 272 members, is a number and at the bottom is the corresponding name. This image was staged in front of the Masonic Lodge on Harwood street in downtown Dallas. The protective frame was manufactured and designed by Museum Arts Company to protect this image from the elements for generations to come. Thanks to the supportors of the Dallas Police Museum. More displays to come.

Currently the authorized strength of the Dallas Police Department is 3474.  On this day in Dallas Police history, 1976 a...
07/26/2015

Currently the authorized strength of the Dallas Police Department is 3474. On this day in Dallas Police history, 1976 authorized strength reached 2000.

Kennedy-era DPD officer to be given Medal of Valor
07/25/2015
Kennedy-era DPD officer to be given Medal of Valor

Kennedy-era DPD officer to be given Medal of Valor

Officer L.C. Graves will be honored with the Medal of Valor for preventing Jack Ruby from causing more harm the day he shot Lee Harvey Oswald.

Early 1980's Dallas had a rash of bank robberies.  One common element seen was the use of an explosive device left at th...
07/22/2015

Early 1980's Dallas had a rash of bank robberies. One common element seen was the use of an explosive device left at the scene. In the infancy of explosive ordnance units, carrying the device out of the location was very common. Human bomb robots. took alot of skills and GUTS.

Since 1917 Dallas Love Field has been a hub of commercial and private air travel.  Owned by the City of Dallas, the Dall...
07/21/2015

Since 1917 Dallas Love Field has been a hub of commercial and private air travel. Owned by the City of Dallas, the Dallas Police Department have provided security in and around Love Field. This image from the 1970's shows Dallas Police Tactical officers training to breach a commerial airliner.

Since 1917 Dallas Love Field has been a hub of commercial and private air travel. Owned by the City of Dallas, the Dallas Police Department have provided security in and around Love Field. This image from the 1970's shows Dallas Police Tactical officers training to breach a commerial airliner.

A new old item in the Dallas Police Museum Artifact collection.  From 1952 to 2004 the Dallas Police Department produced...
07/20/2015

A new old item in the Dallas Police Museum Artifact collection. From 1952 to 2004 the Dallas Police Department produced a bi-monthly newspaper titled "Police News". The Police News was printed and distributed through out the department by the Public Information Office. During the 1970's Police Officer Bob Worth was the staff writer/editor for the Police News. This type writer used by Bob Worth to produce the Police News. Now the hard copy Police News has gone by the wayside to the digital version.

New to the Dallas Police Department Museum collection.  This is the service weapon of  Dallas Police Detective Lawrence ...
07/19/2015

New to the Dallas Police Department Museum collection. This is the service weapon of Dallas Police Detective Lawrence Bromley #4570. Detective Bromley was killed in the line of duty 12/11/1991. Detective Bromley was killed during a drug buy operation. The damage to the firearm noted near the slide occurred during the gun fight.

On this date in Dallas Police Department history, July 16, 1938, the "Widow Maker" motor #13.
07/16/2015

On this date in Dallas Police Department history, July 16, 1938, the "Widow Maker" motor #13.

Don't forget on Amazon Prime Day, the Dallas Police Department Museum is registered non-profit with Amazon Smile.  Amazo...
07/15/2015

Don't forget on Amazon Prime Day, the Dallas Police Department Museum is registered non-profit with Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile donates a percentage of all purchases to the Dallas Police Department Museum.

07/14/2015
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This is an early early promotional video for the Dallas Police Department Museum a lot of it is current and this is the foundation of the Dallas Police Department Museum

July 1968 Chief Charles Batchelor annouced the Major reorganization of the Dallas Police Command Staff and chain of comm...
07/12/2015

July 1968 Chief Charles Batchelor annouced the Major reorganization of the Dallas Police Command Staff and chain of command of the department.

July 1968 Chief Charles Batchelor annouced the Major reorganization of the Dallas Police Command Staff and chain of command of the department.

On this day in Dallas Police history July 11, 1957.  The first traffic speed radar used by the Dallas Police Department.
07/11/2015

On this day in Dallas Police history July 11, 1957. The first traffic speed radar used by the Dallas Police Department.

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