BloGThis is where you'll find great historical articles from our staff, guest writers and contributors detailing stories and exploits of local Phoenix history as related to the Phoenix Police department and Phoenix area law enforcement.
August 15, 2008 Conducted by Dannette Turner Seth Allen became an Officer in 1956. He was 25 years old, married, and moved to Phoenix from Thatcher, Arizona. When he joined the Phoenix Police Department he lived at 723 N 28th...
“The Museum’s core mission is to introduce visitors to the proud history and many facets of American law enforcement in an experience you won’t find anywhere else.”
The Board of Directors of the Arizona Highway Patrol / Department of Public Safety Heritage Museum are proud to announce the Museum has been provided floor space within the headquarters building of the Department of Public Safety and will be opening its doors to any and all who would like to enjoy the history of the Department. We envision the grand opening of the museum to be during the spring of 2019.
Editors Note: Sometimes we come across a historic photograph with no background information. By all appearances of the snapshot in time, the event was quite remarkable yet lost in time. The following is one such story. It is a story of one convict, Phoenix Police...
by William Overend(Reprinted from The Arizona Republic, Sunday Jan 28, 1973) Sometimes he thinks about it out on a trail ride, what it would have been like to have been a marshal in the Old West. He wonders just how fast the old gunslingers really were. “You can’t...
Community Policing in modern day Phoenix and elsewhere is a partnership of the police and the community working together to prevent crime and maintain order. Early day Phoenix had its own version of Community Policing or a reasonable facsimile thereof. Well meaning...
By Timothy Moore I met with retired Lieutenant Blaine Thompson as he was seated at his small cubicle in the newly formed Laboratory Enhancement Team of the Phoenix Police Department. He was previously in the departments in the Callback Unit of the Communications...
by Jeannette Reed and Diane Vaughn Andrew Jackson “Johnny” Moore is another of Arizona's infamous lawmen or "Peace Warriors.” Johnny Moore is one of the few true romantic figures that link our wild west past with the staid and law abiding present. Larger than...
By Commander Manny Davila Have you ever wondered what police work was like in the “old days”? Today’s most veteran officers can talk about their “old days” and policing in the early to mid 1970’s. Recently I had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of what Phoenix and...
By R. McCann #119 Retired (this story was written on April 29, 1984 and is unedited from its original writing) The riot started at the Alhambra Bar located on the northwest corner of 13th street and Washington. Phoenix was a bustling, growing town with a population of...
By Lieutenant Robert Settembre James T. Duane was born on December 20, 1885, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. His father died attempting a rescue during a town flood. Soon after, his mother moved to New York City, where James went through high school. Finally settling in...
by Jeannette Reed (As a researcher for the Phoenix Police Museum, I often find myself keeping a vigilant eye and ear out to learn more of our early police history. Much of the information is minute and sketchy at best, lacking substantial details and facts. But with a...
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Come on In! Free admission
(Last entrance at 2:45PM)
closed for holidays
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
Cesar Chavez Birthday (March 31)
The day after Thanksgiving
180 W Jefferson St
Historic City Hall 1st Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003-2202
Admission is free, but we will gladly take donations!
The Phoenix Police Museum is an IRS approved non profit 501C3 organization. We are supported by the generous monthly payroll deduction of over 1,700 Police and City of Phoenix employees as well as donations from individuals and businesses.
Paid Parking is available along Jefferson Street at the meters or in the City of Phoenix parking garage located at 305 West Washington Street.
Meters - Hourly Rates
Meters cost $1.50 per hour and coin-only meters cost $1 per hour.
Most meters accept credit/debit cards and coins and others only accept coins.
Pay-by-cell is also available via the Pango Mobile Parking app for credit card enabled parking meter
Time limits generally vary by location. Time limits at metered locations can range from 15 minutes to as long as 8 hours. In most areas, the maximum duration is 2 hours. The parking time limits are posted on each meter.
ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Accessible Meters
Phoenix has several on-street accessible parking spaces throughout the downtown area. Each space is clearly marked with a special sign with the international symbol of access.
Vehicles displaying a valid ADA License Plate and/or Placard receive one hour of free parking once their parking meter has expired. Vehicles displaying a valid Purple Heart Recipient license plate also receive one free additional hour. This applies to all parking meters, not just the designated ADA Accessible parking meters. The nearest ADA paid parking meter is located just East of 2nd Avenue on Jefferson on the North side of the roadway.
305 PARKING GARAGE
The City of Phoenix parking garage is managed by Ace Parking and can be contacted at 1-888-223-7275. It does have Disable spots available and has a height restriction of vehicles of 8’2″. Wider vehicles must call ahead to make an appointment for a limited number of over sized vehicles. The cost of all parking is $4.00 per hour. The Museum does not validate parking for visitors.
How to get here...
From the Northwest Valley via I-17 South I-17 to I-10 East (exit 200A) Exit at 7th Avenue (exit 144A) and turn right Travel 1 mile to Jefferson Street and turn left Move to the left lane. Turn left into City Public Parking Garage between 4th and 3rd Avenues.
From the Northeast Valley via SR51 South SR51 to I-10 West Exit at 7th Avenue (exit 144A) and turn left Travel 1 mile to Jefferson Street and turn left. Move to the left lane. Turn left into City Public Parking Garage between 4th and 3rd Avenues.
From the West Valley via I-10 East Exit at 7th Avenue (exit 144A) and turn right Travel 1 mile to Jefferson Street and turn left. Move to the left lane Turn left into City Public Parking Garage between 4th and 3rd Avenues.
From the Southeast Valley via I-10 West Exit at 7th Avenue (exit 144) and turn left. Travel 1 mile to Jefferson Street and turn left. Move to the left lane. Turn left into City Public Parking Garage between 4th and 3rd Avenues Note: The parking garage has a second entrance on 4th Avenue between Jefferson and Washington.
Note: The parking garage has a second entrance on 4th Avenue between Jefferson and Washington.
Please call or email us to schedule a tour for groups larger than 10 persons.
A suggested donation of $25 is requested for group tours over 10 persons. We require appropriate adult supervision ratio for children and special needs individuals. Normal tour groups sizes are suggested to be no larger than 24 to 30 persons. It is best to call approximately one month in advance if you are requesting a specific time and day.