More than 130 years of history at the Phoenix Police Museum


Experience the past by through the eyes of the men and women who swore an oath protect us.

The Phoenix Police Museum highlights the history of the Phoenix Police Department from 1881, when Henry Garfias, was elected the first city marshal to the present.

Inside the museum, you will see a 1919 Model T police car, police motorcycles, bomb robots, and even a full-size helicopter.

On the 1st floor of the Historic Phoenix City Hall, the public can view more than 130 years of police history for free. “We started the Phoenix police museum back in 1993,” said Assistant Museum Curator of the Phoenix Police Museum, Robert Demlong.

One of the coolest things guest will see is right inside the door.

“What he had in the very beginning was a jail rock, and down here is one of the actual rocks that are in existence. So you would either pay a dollar to get off the rock or spend one day on the rock,” said Demlong.

Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. The device was a way for police to tether prisoners down back in the late 1800s. Also inside the museum is swat team gear and a full-size helicopter that was once in service.

The museum’s newest exhibit is the crime scene investigations where guests can view what it takes to solve the crime and the little ones can be sworn in as an officer.

“Some of the fun activities for kids do down here, we have a dress-up area so kids can actually put on a police shirt a real police shirt that an officer wore a long time,” said Demlong.

From children to adults, there’s a motorcycle and a 1987 police vehicle can turn on the lights and feel like a real officer.

“Very educational, a lot of kids could be afraid of police officers maybe make them feel a little more comfortable around police,” said Demlong.

The Phoenix Police Museum is a nonprofit and accepts donations to keep the history of the force alive.

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