Have you ever wondered how and when the police force began? Want to know what it was like hundreds of years ago, what sorts of uniforms officers wore, what weapons they used and how things have evolved since? Then you may just want to consider a visit to the Police Heritage Museum.
Located in York, the Police Heritage Museum is a nonprofit organization, incorporated and dedicated to preserving police artifacts and the history of law enforcement. From the beginning of time, laws and rules have been enforced in hopes of a universal betterment for all of mankind. People have served, over the course of history, to bring order and justice where necessary and aid, assist, and protect people, keeping the public’s best interest in mind.
Since officially opening its doors to the public in 1998, the goal and driving mission behind the Police Heritage Museum has been: to provide a historical learning experience for visitors; foster the preservation of artifacts, historic records of police officers, the departments, and the techniques and equipment they used, provide a visual history depiction of the development and changes of American law enforcement over time, and promote a better understanding between law enforcement and citizens through demonstrating the role of police officers in the history and growth of communities.
The museum has an array of exhibits that include even the earliest artifacts and relics from Pennsylvania’s history of law enforcement, dating back to the 1680s. Many focuses entail exhibits from one hundred and even two hundred years ago. Come out and see old uniforms, old equipment the officers used, discover how these officers were paid, the process in how they became officers, and all about crime and punishment. It’s all here and much more.
The museum also holds regular events and programs, and welcomes tours. As a nonprofit organization, donations are always welcome, and volunteers are greatly appreciated for their ongoing effort and support. The museum offers an educational and entertaining outing suitable for the whole family. Admission is $3 for adults, and $1 for children 6 to 12. Children under 6 are admitted free of charge. Special free admission is available to all law enforcement officers who present a department badge and ID. Seasonal operations run from April to October.
The Police Heritage Museum is located at 54 West Market Street, York, PA 17405. For more information, call 717-845-2677 or visit www.policeheritagemuseum.org.