Dallas City Attorney

The Criminal Law and Police Section serves as general legal counsel to the Dallas Police Department. The attorneys advise DPD officers on a variety of topics, including laws of arrest, searches, and constitutional issues. Specific job duties are to:

  • Issue legal opinions and legal bulletins, as requested by DPD
  • Review DPD subpoenas and requests for Public Information.
  • Teach recruit officers various legal courses, including Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, and the Criminal Justice System.
  • Handle expunction cases.
  • Provide 24-hour emergency legal assistance to DPD
  • Attend Public Safety Committee and Citizens/Police Review Board meetings.
  • Attend DPD administrative staff briefings and other DPD meetings
  • Conduct magistrate hearings regarding property in municipal court

Current Attorney Staff

Pavala Armstrong
(Section Head)

Josie Diaz

Sylvia McClellan