Panther's Rest: History of the Fort Worth Police Department 1873-21St Century

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AuthorHouse, Jul 19, 2007 - Law - 340 pages
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The history of the Fort Worth Police Department started in April 1873 and many factors brought about its existence at the confluence of the West Fork and Clear Fork of the Trinity River.  The location along one of the major cattle trails, the Chisholm, brought about issues both political and financial in nature and had a definite affect on city fathers. This and other influences would be major factors in the development of the Fort Worth Police Department as it moved toward the 21st Century.


Publisher AuthorHouse declares:


Author Dale L. Hinz shares the colorful history of the Fort Worth Police Department from its inception through the 21st century and beyond in his new book, Panther’s Rest: History of the Fort Worth Police Department 1873-21st Century.


River Oaks, Texas News reports:


“Panther’s Rest: History of the Fort Worth Police Department 1873 – 21st Century” covers the police department’s chronological history through many changes and technological advancements.  It is a historical testament to the progress of one police department through much more than a century of development.


Tom Wiederhold, Pres of the North Fort Worth Historical Society & Fort Worth Police Historical Association says:


A must have for your research library. Ret. Sgt Hinz has taken the Ft Worth Police Department from its’ earliest days right up to the 21st century and told the history in an enjoyable and easy to read manner. The book is filled with facts as well as stories that leave the reader wanting more! It is a valuable source of information for the researcher of early police history as well as Ft Worth and Tarrant County History.

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About the author (2007)

Dale Lee Hinz was born and reared in Fort Worth.  After graduating from Arlington Heights High School in 1966, he attended Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas before returning to Fort Worth. 

His brother died in Vietnam in 1968, making him the sole surviving son in the family.  Unable to join the military, he chose to enlist in the Fort Worth Police Department in 1970.  

Dale attended and graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Criminal Justice.  Throughout his more-than-30 year career, he has held a number of positions, including police dispatcher, patrolman and tactical (SWAT) team member.  Promoted to the rank of detective, he served in the Robbery Division for two and a half years before receiving another promotion to sergeant.  He also served in the Internal Affairs Division and as a day-shift patrol sergeant.  He helped start the first Officer Survival Training School in 1982 and instructed several police-related courses in the recruit academy before retiring in 1999.  Mr. Hinz returned to the Fort Worth Police Department in 2001 as a Background Investigator and in 2005 helped start the Fort Worth Police Historical Association. 

Dale lives in Fort Worth with his wife Kathy.  He has three children: Philip, Rebecca and Jacob; and two grandsons, Joshua and Jayson Ruiz.  Mr. Hinz authored the book "Panther's Rest, History of the Fort Worth Police Department" which was published by AuthorHouse in 2007.


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