Lake Operations is assigned to the Special Operations Division of the Police Department. It is responsible for patrolling the water surface and lake parks of the Lake Joe Pool recreational area. Lake operations is staffed with four full-time Officers and a Sergeant.
The Lake Patrol Officers utilize 2 boats, 2 mountain bikes, 3 ATVs, 2 UTVs, 5 patrol vehicles and 1 pick up, as well as other specialized equipment to respond to calls for service, emergencies, lake inspections and assisting boaters in the lake areas of Grand Prairie.
In addition the Officers assigned to the Lake Operations Unit are Public Safety Divers and work closely with the Fire Department on recovery operations, as well as with Texas Parks and Wildlife Officers.
Joe Pool Lake opened in 1989. The Trinity River Authority operated Loyd Park, Lynn Creek Park and Britton Park until 2001 when the City of Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation took over the park operations in these lake parks. Loyd Park is open year round and offers 220 campsites, group pavilions, hiking trails and more. The lake also offers Lynn Creek Marina in the City of Grand Prairie and Cedar Hill State Park with a marina on the other side of the lake.
The Grand Prairie Police Department is committed to continually provide a safe boating environment and recreation area for Lake Joe Pool visitors.
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There have been 61 deaths at the lake since it opened in 1989. The deaths were the results of vehicle accidents, boating accidents, heart attack, lightning strike and predominantly drowning.
Of the 61, 12 have been children under the age of 14.