Public Domain Movies

Police Pursuit Driving (1968)

Signal 30 by Ohio State Highway Patrol Part I (1959)
Running Time: 13 mins Color

Legendary "shock" driving safety film featuring numerous scenes of mutilated cars and injured/dead people and a voiceover lacking in compassion. Produced in cooperation with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and shown to millions of young drivers for over 40 years. CONTENT ADVISORY: Many disturbing scenes of violent deaths and accident scenes; cries of crash victims on soundtrack.

The People and the Police (1971)
Running Time: 62 mins Color

Freely downloadable at the Internet Archive, where I first uploaded it. National Archives description "Documentary: Documents the early, turbulent years of OEO'S experiment in police-community relations in Washington, DC R.1: Police and citizens express their attitudes toward each other. A citizens committee is appointed by the D.C. government, but dissension ensues over control of the program. Project director, Robert Shallow addresses the group; community leader Marion Barry urges citizen control, A pilot precinct is finally selected. R. 2: Police engage in training sessions, and community leaders struggle to replace the committee with elected representatives. A citizens' board is elected and the white project leader is replaced by a black official, Fred Lander. R. 3: Dissension between OEO and the community continues, but several programs including citizen riders, an emergency center, local police recruiting and an escort service, get underway. The board continues to struggle, and the program is refunded. At the films close, a small boy expresses his bitterness towards the police." National Archives Identifier: 73174

This Is Your Police Department (1951)
Running Time: 25 mins Black & White

Documentary explaining the role of the Detroit Police Department in defending the city's citizens.