History & Museum Winnipeg Police Museum
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Museum & Historical Society
The Winnipeg Police Museum and Historical Society Inc. had its beginning in 1974 after the amalgamation of all the police departments in the metropolitan area. At that time two police officers were appointed as a "Historical Committee" for the purpose of gathering and saving records and artifacts from all the former departments with the intent that someday a museum might be established. Unfortunately since the actual amalgamation of the various cities and municipalities took place in 1972, the various police departments had two years to sort out their old records and equipment and most did not take history into account and destroyed a lot of things that should have been saved.
Once the Historical Committee was established and the members became known they were often contacted before the "old" things were destroyed and many unique articles were saved and stored away.
In 1986 a number of interested police officers got together to form a properly constituted museum board of directors. A Constitution and a set of By-Laws were drafted and approved and the museum was registered and incorporated in Manitoba.
In 1994 a part-time Curator was employed under the Board of Directors. The Curator is a retired police officer and also serves as the Historian for the Police Service. In his position as Historian, the Curator helped celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Police Department in 1999 by writing a history of the department from 1874 to 1999 in a book entitled "From Force to Service."
The museum continues to add to its collection and grow in size. It welcomes visitors to the Winnipeg Police Academy where it is open daily and also provides conducted group tours during the day or early evening.
The mailing address for the Winnipeg Police Museum and Historical Society is P.O. Box 1680, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3C 2Z7.
Call 204-986-3976 or send an email to the Museum Curator.
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