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Leonard H. Ballard
Inspector, United States Capitol Police

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.

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Table of Contents:
1) August 18, 1983
2) August 26, 1983
3) September 1, 1983
4) September 20, 1983
5) October 3, 1983
6) October 6, 1983
7) October 20, 1983
8) October 27, 1983
9) January 10, 1984
Leonard H. Ballard
Citation: Scholarly citation: "Leonard H. Ballard, Inspector, United States Capitol Police, 1947-1984," Oral History Interviews, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.
Deed of Gift: I, Leonard H. Ballard, do hereby give to the Senate Historical Office the tape recordings and transcripts of my interviews between August 18, 1983 and January 10, 1984. I authorize the Senate Historical Office to use the tapes and transcripts in such manner as may best serve the educational and historical objectives of their oral history program. I also approve the deposit of the transcripts at the Library of Congress, the Senate Library, and any other institution which the Senate Historical Office may deem appropriate. In making this gift, I voluntarily convey ownership of the tapes and transcripts to the public domain. Leonard H. Ballard Accepted on behalf of the Senate Historical Office by: Richard A. Baker

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