Municipal Archives

​Dallas Police Academy Motion Picture Film and Videotape, 1957-1973, 1984-1991, undated

​Collection 2001-004


Repository​Dallas Municipal Archives
Office of the City Secretary
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorDallas Police Department
TitleDallas Police Academy Motion Picture Film and Videotape
Dates1957-1973, 1984-1991, undated
Quantity6 reels, 12 video cassettes
AbstractMotion picture film and videotape of activities and training at the Dallas Police Department.
Language​​Records are in English

Scope and Content

Collection is composed of 16mm color motion picture film and 1/2" color videotape documenting activities and training in the Dallas Police Department. The Dallas Police Academy is a training program for prospective police officers and started as the Dallas Police Training School in 1945.  A temporary recruit training module, however, was in place as early as 1936. 

The Dallas Police Academy accepts women and men and transitions civilians into sworn peace officers through phased training, which includes lectures and coursework, examination, and physical fitness testing. Some of the testing is required of all peace officers in Texas, though other units of instruction are specific to the standards maintained by the Dallas Police Department. 

The movies and videotapes in this collection were used primarily for internal training and not intended for public consumption, although the Traffic Commission films were meant for viewing in schools and by citizen groups. The collection also includes a public service announcement, scenes from the dedication of a police substation, and briefing information for Dallas Police Department security at the 1984 Republican National Convention.

Please note: Original reels and tapes are restricted due to their fragile nature.  Some items may be viewed online at the Texas Archive of the Moving Image.


The collection is arranged chronologically, first by motion picture film then by videotape.


Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future 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 Academy Motion Picture Film and Videotape, 1957-1973, 1984-1991, undated (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Dallas (Tex.). -- Police Department -- History

Container List

RangeReelTitle, Date
  Motion Picture Film
11Shield Over Dallas, Dallas Citizens' Traffic Commission, 1957
 2Report to Dallas, Dallas Citizens' Traffic Commission, 1959
 3White Rock Riot, 1972
 4Kids, Mini Bikes, and the Dallas Police, 1973
 5Rape Investigation, Produced by the Dallas Police Training and Education Division, 1973
 6Park Police, undated
 7Republican National Convention protestors surveillance footage, 1984
 8Republican National Convention: An Overview and Orientation - short version, 1984
 9Republican National Convention Chief Newman - master shot tape, 1984
 10Tom Landry public service announcement master, 1987
 11Mayor Annette Strauss, Councilmember Diane Ragsdale & Dallas City Council testimony, 1989
 12Unidentified groundbreaking, 1989
 13History of the Dallas Police Department master, 1991
 14Lew Sterrett Justice Center Orientation - master shot tape, undated
 15Parkway fire, undated
 16Police News - Open and Close "1941", undated
 17Ed Busch - Friends of the Dallas Police, undated
 18Northwest Station Dedication, undated