On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. in the Donald A. Stafford Media Conference Room, retired Detective James Leavelle will receive the Police Commendation Award and have the annual Detective of The Year Award named in his honor.
On April 24, 1950, James Leavelle joined the Dallas Police Department, as part of recruit class number 23. Patrolman Leavelle was quickly promoted to the rank of Detective and was assigned to the Dallas Police Department Robbery/Homicide Division to investigate major crimes.
James Leavelle was a detective on November 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed. Detective Leavelle was one of the lead detectives assigned to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy, as well, as the murder of Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit, which occurred shortly after the Presidents death. Detective Leavelle was transporting Lee Harvey Oswald to the county jail when Oswald was killed in the basement parking area at the Police Headquarters building. The photo taken of the shooting became a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph.
Detective James R. Leavelle retired from active service with the Dallas Police Department on April 30, 1975. Even in retirement, Detective Leavelle continues to serve as an ambassador conducting numerous interviews, events, and speaking engagements related to the investigation of the assassination. Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown will present this prestigious award and also announce the Detective of the Year Award which will be named in honor of Detective James R Leavelle.
The media is invited to attend the presentation. For more information, please contact the Police Media Relations Office at (214) 671-4065.