Fort Worth Police Department

The Fort Worth Police Department is the police department of Fort Worth, Texas, United States. Ed Kraus is the Chief of Police.

Fort Worth Police Department
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Fort Worth Police Shoulder Patch
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Fort Worth Police Badge
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionFort Worth, Texas, USA
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Map of Fort Worth Police Department's jurisdiction.
Size334 sq mi
Population875,000 (2017)
General nature
Headquarters505 W. Felix St.
Police Officers1,700
Agency executive
Child agency
Police Stations11
Jail ServicesLaSalle Corrections (Contract) Tarrant County Corrections Center
Fort Worth Police

FWPD is responsible for traffic and general law enforcement within the city limits of Fort Worth. Specialty divisions include investigation, K-9, bicycle patrol, and SWAT.[1]


The Fort Worth Police Department started on April 12, 1873 when E.M. Terrell was appointed City Marshal with a force of four officers.[2] However, the force was disbanded a month later for economic reasons. The force was re-established in 1876 to cope with unruly cowboys and high levels of prostitution, with Jim Courtright being instated as City Marshal with two assisting deputies. Courtright's reputation as an Army scout and gunfighter led to an unprecedented term of nonviolence in Fort Worth. By 1887, the force had grown to six officers and a Chief of Police.

The early 20th century saw many innovations to the FWPD, including motorcycles, traffic tickets, stoplights, and the city's first female officer. The mid-1900s saw even more technological advances, with the addition of a crime laboratory and radar speed detectors. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the department sought to establish better links to the community, instituting programs such as "forums," a series of monthly department-citizen meetings, and the Citizens on Patrol program.

In 2008, after the retirement of Chief Ralph Mendoza, Executive Deputy Patricia Kneblick was briefly appointed interim chief, making her the first woman ever to be appointed Chief of Police in Fort Worth. Jeffrey Halstead, a Commander with the Phoenix Police Department, replaced Kneblick in December 2008, making him the city's 24th chief.

In 2015, Joel Fitzgerald became the 1st African-American police chief of the city. Fitzgerald holds a Ph.D in Business Administration from Northcentral University; an MBA from Eastern University; and an undergraduate degree from Villanova University.[3] Fitzgerald was fired by the City of Fort Worth on May 20, 2019 partly due to an incident in Washington, D.C.. Interim Chief Ed Kraus was named until a replacement is selected by city officials. He was later selected to permanently fill the position.[4]


The department's uniforms and badges have changed multiple times before the present standards. Early uniforms were all produced in various shades of blue, with garments ranging from coats with brass buttons to cloaks. Headwear was particularly diverse - depending on the uniform, officers in the early 1900s wore custodian helmets, ten-gallon cowboy hats, or slouched hats resembling those of Civil War cavalrymen.

The department has worn five different badges throughout its history; the current design, which features a shield topped by a panther, was first worn in 1912.[5] The current patch design, which features a star and longhorn head, was adopted in 1977.

The current uniform consists of a navy blue shirt and pants with black tactical boots. The badge is worn on the left chest, and patches are worn on either shoulder. Ceremonial dress is similar to the duty uniform, with the addition of a white fourragère, cotton gloves, white duty belt and pouches, and a navy blue peaked cap. Officers often wear black felt (winter) or straw (summer) cowboy hats as part of the uniform (as do many other police agencies in Texas).


The Fort Worth Police Department is divided into six Patrol Divisions: Central, North, South, East, Northwest and West, each encompassing various areas of the city. Divisions are further divided into four Neighborhood Policing Districts each.[6]

The general areas of the city included in each Patrol Division are:

Central Division - Commander Joseph Sparrow [7]

North Division - Commander Neil Noakes[8]

Northwest Division - Commander Pedro Criado

East Division - Commander Michael Shedd[9]

  • East Fort Worth

West Division - Commander Cynthia O'Neil[10]

South Division - Commander Gregory Weathers [11]

  • South Fort Worth


The Fort Worth Police Department uses primarily sedans as patrol vehicles. All marked patrol units are painted in a traditional black-and-white color scheme. Older vehicles exhibit the word "Police" on the front quarter panel and the rear doors, with the words "Fort Worth" printed in black over an orange-tan longhorn head (the city's logo) on the front doors; newer vehicles place the word "Police" below the longhorn on the front door, and across the hood of the car in white.

The Fort Worth Police Department's primary replacement to the Ford Crown Victoria was the Ford Police Interceptor sedan.[12] The Ford Police Interceptor sedan was later replaced by the Interceptor Utility. A fleet transition is currently underway moving to the primary use of the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV SUV. Dodge Chargers were used alongside Tahoe’s for a short time, yet some fleet issues encouraged the current transition to the sole use of Chevrolet Tahoe PPV’s for everyday patrol use. The department's Traffic Division mainly utilizes police issue BMW motorcycles and Dodge Chargers to complete its freeway enforcement duties.

Patrol Vehicles




Rank structure and insigniaEdit

Rank Insignia
Chief of Police  
Assistant Chief  
Deputy Chief  
Police Officer N/A

Line-of-duty deathsEdit

Since the establishment of the Fort Worth Police Department, 56 officers have died in the line of duty.[13][14]

The causes of death are as follows:

Cause of death Number of deaths
Automobile accident
Duty related illness
Gunfire (Accidental)
Heart attack
Motorcycle accident
Struck by streetcar
Struck by vehicle
Vehicle pursuit
Vehicular assault

Fallen officers are recognized publicly at the Fort Worth Police and Firefighters' Memorial on 7th Street.[15]


  • Male: 83 percent
  • Female: 17 percent
  • White: 75 percent
  • Hispanic: 13 percent
  • African-American/Black: 12 percent[16]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About FWPD | Fort Worth, Texas, Police Department". 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  2. ^ "Department History | Fort Worth, Texas, Police Department". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  3. ^ "Fort Worth names first black police chief". 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  4. ^ "Fort Worth police Chief Joel Fitzgerald has been fired after incident in Washington, D.C." 2019-05-20. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  5. ^ "Badge & Patch History | Fort Worth, Texas, Police Department". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  6. ^ "Patrol Divisions | Fort Worth, Texas, Police Department". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  7. ^ "Central Division | Fort Worth, Texas, Police Department". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  8. ^ "North Division | Fort Worth, Texas, Police Department". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  9. ^ "East Division | Fort Worth, Texas, Police Department". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  10. ^ "West Division | Fort Worth, Texas, Police Department". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  11. ^ "South Division | Fort Worth, Texas, Police Department". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  12. ^ "Support & Specialized Services | Fort Worth, Texas, Police Department". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  13. ^ "Fort Worth Police Department, Texas, Fallen Officers". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  14. ^ "North Fort Worth Police Department, Texas, Fallen Officers". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  15. ^ "Fort Worth Police & Firefighters Memorial". 2009-06-05. Archived from the original on 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  16. ^ "Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics, 2000: Data for Individual State and Local Agencies with 100 or More Officers" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-04. Retrieved 2016-08-17.

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