Municipal Archives

Dallas Police Department Park Patrol Manuals,

Collection 1995-036


Repository​Dallas Municipal Archives
Office of the City Secretary
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South​
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorDallas Police Department
TitleDallas Police Department Park Patrol Manuals
Quantity1 linear foot (2 boxes)
AbstractRules and procedures documenting daily operations of Dallas Park Police​.
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Contents 

​Collection consists of Dallas Police Department Park Patrol Manuals.  The Dallas City Charter Amendment of 1907 authorized the Park Board to hire police for the Dallas city parks. In 1939, an organized park police force was officially established.  This collection contains manuals (and updates to them) written by the Dallas Police Department specifically for the Park Patrol officers.  The manuals emphasize that the enforcement of laws should be in a friendly, polite manner.  They measured the success and efficiency of the patrols not by the number of arrests made but by the decrease or absence of vandalism and citizen complaints.  The specific years for the manuals are 1957, 1972, 1976, 1980, and 1985.

The collection also contains Park Police, a booklet written for the American Institute of Park Executives by L. B. Houston. Houston was the director of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department from 1939 to 1972.  This booklet is part of the Management Aids series.


The collection is arranged by date.


Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from the Dallas Municipal Archives. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


Dallas Police Department Park Patrol Manuals, 1957-1985 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

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Index Terms

​Dallas -- Texas -- History
Dallas -- Texas -- Park and Recreation
Dallas -- Texas -- Police Department

​Container List

Title, Date
11Patrol Manual, 1957
2Patrol Manual, 1972
3Patrol Manual (2) Assigned to Mrs. Jean Craft, 1972
4Patrol Manual Sections I-IV, 1976
5Patrol Manual Sections V-VIII, 1976
6Patrol Manual Sections I-IV (2), 1976
7Patrol Manual Sections V-VIII (2), 1976
21Operations Manual, 1980
2Patrol Manual Training Bulletin Updates, 1984
3Patrol Manual Updates, 1985
4Patrol Manual, undated
 5Additions to Park Police Patrol Manual, undated
6Park Police by L. B. Houston for American Institute of Park Executives, 1963
7City codes--park areas, undated
8Park Police Goals and Five-Year Plan, 1977
9Park Police Goals and Five-Year Plan (2), 1977​​