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Document Details


Title: Leonard H. Ballard
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: U.S. Congress. Senate. Historical Office
Collection: Senate Oral History Project
Series: Item 3 of Series Leonard H. Ballard
Description: When Leonard Ballard joined the Capitol Police in 1947, the police rolls carried the names of 157 men, ranging from college students to retired policemen, who were mostly patronage appointments. When he retired 37 years later, the Capitol Police had expanded to 1,200 men and women, and was a fully professional police force. During this growth, the police balanced increasing security requirements against the needs of an open, democratic institution. Ballard recounts this transformation, explaining the importance of public relations when dealing with the politicians, staff, lobbyists, press, visiting dignitaries, and tourists who daily populate Capitol Hill.
Extent: 15 pages
URL: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/resources/pdf/Ballard_interview_3.pdf
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1983 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Ballard, Leonard H., 1908-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 11-Oct-1908
Speaker place of birth: Alderson, WV; West Virginia; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Police inspector
Age at speaking: 75
Document date: 01-Sep-1983
Interviewer: Baker, Richard A.
Organizations discussed: U.S. Congress. Senate; U.S. Secret Service; Washington, DC. United States Capital Police
Locations discussed: District of Columbia; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: District of Columbia; North America; Oral history; Police; U.S. Congress. Senate; U.S. Secret Service; United States; Washington, DC. United States Capital Police; Work; Work environment
Topics discussed - Other terms: Inspector, United States Capitol Police; U.S. Capital
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022058-22956