1970s - 1980s

  • 1972 not only saw the addition of a second floor to the police building, it also saw the formation of the Irving Police Association and the department’s first specialized unit, the IPD Tactical Team, which consisted of six officers.
  • In 1973, a federal grant allowed the department to purchase a connection to the National Crime Information Computer (NCIC), a microfilm center, a high frequency police radio and dispatch console.
  • In 1974, the Explorer program began helping to introduce young men and women to the world of police work. The Irving Police Department’s Explorer post has a history of winning top awards and status at local, state, and national levels of competition.
  • In 1975, a color photo lab was installed so that officers could upgrade black and white mug shots to color photos.
  • In 1977, for health reasons McCarley stepped down as Chief, and Assistant Chief James Johnson served as acting Chief until 1978 when Benny Newman took over as Chief of Police. During the fifteen years that Newman was chief, the department went through a tremendous amount of growth and change. The evolution of policing procedures, equipment, personnel, the need for specialized units, and professional training, combined with the continued growth of the city, necessitated the Police Department's bringing forth a new era of management and planning and the creation of many changes and additions.
  • In 1978, a portable stakeout unit reducing the response time was introduced. A new traffic safety program was initiated and Irving’s first K-9 Unit was established. That same year a six-step pay plan was implemented with an officer’s top monthly pay being $1,481 (current top out is $4,791 per month).
  • In 1979, call screen was implemented and funding for a legal advisor position was approved.
  • In 1980, Irving Youth and Family Counseling Service was formed.
  • In 1982, the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT) Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) began.
  • 1985 brought about the formation of the Administrative Bureau Division, consisting of the Administrative and Planning Bureau and the Technical Services Bureau. That same year the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) law became effective, and an FLSA Clerk was hired.
  • In 1988, the Police / Fire Training Academy was dedicated.
  • 1989 marked a major change in the appearance of the Irving PD when the uniform was changed from tan and chocolate to dark (navy) blue.