We feature Phoenix's law enforcement history over the past 130 years starting from 1881 until present day both historical photography, equipment, and stories that bring them to life.

PHoenix’s first Marshal’s office & Jail

Lawless became so bad that a mass meeting was held in Phoenix on April 3, 1872 to “Devise the best means of safety from lawless Sonorans and others.”  A volunteer company of men of were appointed on a safety committee “to inquire into the character of strangers and to notify the evil disposed to leave.”  On April 10, 1874 the president issued a patent for the present site of Phoenix. Phoenix also began its own law enforcement after incorporated as a city on February 25, 1881. Henry Garfias, the first city marshal, was elected by 2,500 residents in 1881 in the first elections of the newly incorporated city. For six years, he served as the primary law enforcement office.  Marshal Garfias was an influential community member which most likely helped him get elected as the first Phoenix town marshal. Marshal Garfias staff consisted of his jailer H.C. McDonald.

Before an actual jail was built, the Marshal used a “jail rock”. The rock originated with the Maricopa County sheriff, until the sheriff no longer needed it with his new jail. The rock most likely was hauled from the Salt River just south of the valley by wagon. Then a miner would have painstakingly chiseled out the bolt hole for the handmade leg irons made by the local blacksmith.  Prisoners were normally sentenced to a day outside on the rock or one dollar.  Though this may seem harsh by today standards, people were much more conditioned to the desert environment and had more leathered skin from hard pioneer work.  It’s been said that they also had a timber with a leg cuff but one prisoner was able to leverage it upon his shoulders and go to the local bar for a drink, ending the use of timbers or logs.

Later, Phoenix City Marshals transitioned into Phoenix police officers after a city adopted the City Manager-Commission form of government.  The city at this time was only 3.1 square miles with a population of 11,134 people. The Merchant’s Police Patrol was founded to provide merchants with burglary and fire protection services which supplemented those provide by the department.


Arizona Rangers

Arizona’s reputation as the West’s last refuge for hard-bitten desperados was a major reason its admittance to statehood was delayed so long. The proximity to the Mexican border, bad roads, poor communication, and rugged terrain made pursuit and capture of outlaws almost impossible.
To make matters worse, rural residents were sometimes hesitant to assist peace officers because many of their neighbors were outlaws, and they didn’t want to incur vengeance. The hard men who rode the Arizona Territory were products of a lawless, and violent post-Civil War era characterized by range wars, feuds.

Apache fighting, and the lust for gold and silver. It was for the purpose of ridding Arizona of such individual criminals and criminal gangs that the Arizona Rangers were created. Modeled after the famed Texas Rangers, rugged men rode the Arizona Territory, breaking up the last of the large outlaw gangs.

The first regional law enforcement effort in Arizona when the 1901 Act authorized the territorial Governor to Raise and Muster one Company of Arizona Rangers. The Arizona Rangers were organized to protect the Arizona Territory from outlaws and rustlers so that the Territory could apply for Statehood.

They were picked from law officers, military men, ranchers and cowboys. With maximum company strength of 26 men, they covered the entire territory. “Every man is a guardian of the honor and reputation, not only of himself, but the entire [Ranger] organization.”- Capt. Harry Wheeler, in General Order #2, 1 June 1907

Their objectives were to hunt down and capture the lone wolves and members of the gangs, to clear the areas in which criminals congregated and make them safe for settlement by law abiding citizens and to discourage the riffraff of the rest of the country to seek refuse in Arizona.
One of the prime targets of the Arizona outlaws was the stagecoach, which usually carried money or valuables and was an easy target.

The Rangers also acted as a state police force to help enforce law when local authority was overtaxed. And they supplemented the activities of the then inadequate United States Border patrol. By 1909, the Territorial Arizona Rangers had largely accomplished their goals and were disbanded by the Territorial Governor three years before Arizona achieved statehood.

Early Law Enforcement

Phoenix rises from the desert with the small town site. In the beginning, the town of Phoenix had marshals until the form of government changed. We went from looking like cowboys to actual uniformed officers with dress jackets, badges and hats. The city was relatively small when compared to it today with over 1.5 million residents and 550 square mile of area which is geographically larger than Los Angeles, California. The city was only a few square miles with farm fields surrounding the original town site surrounded by canal originally dug by the Hohokam Indians.

The first known people to live the area were the Hohokam Indians from 300 – 1400.  They built an irrigation system of 135 miles making the land fertile. They abandoned the canals most likely due to drought conditions. Until the 1840’s, the valley was mostly Indians, European, mountain men, trappers, explorers and priest from the Catholic church of Spain. With the discovery of Gold in California, Arizona benefited with Gold and Silver rush from 1840-1860’s. Law and Order was necessary due to Indian wars and outlaws.

The U.S. Army arrived to dispense justice for a time later followed by U.S. Marshals who could not be tried for any murder or high crimes they committed. They were the forerunners of the state rangers.  A majority territorial Arizona and the valley was a harsh, vast, arid, raw, cruel and unsettled wilderness as compared to the Eastern U.S.

From the 1850’s to 1880’s the territory became the “El Dorado” or a haven for every lawless element of robbers, murders, gunmen, cutthroats, thieves, cattle rustlers, gamblers, bandits, and men on the dodge. Money was needed for the war and with the discovery of Gold, Arizona got the attention of the government. As a result congress created the territory of Arizona on December 29, 1863.

After the war, many did not return home to their ruined lands.  John “Jack” Swilling, an Ex confederate soldier and Indian fighter and had settled in the Wickenburg area. While riding on the mountains surrounding Phoenix valley he observed the ruins of the ruins of the Hohokam irrigations canals. He inspected the ditches and later convinced a group of friends to renovate them to get water from the Salt River to the valley.  Once completed the valley population began to grow and prosper with farm land.  On May 4, 1865 the village of Phoenix was formally recognized and part Yavapai County.  Around that time the population was over 400.

Even before Arizona was granted statehood, counties were being established such as Maricopa County, established in 1871. Arizona was still a “territory” back then and, as such, had a territorial legislature which oversaw the creation of counties and their governments.
Local law enforcement began in Phoenix with the fist county election in 1871. Tom Barnum was elected the first sheriff of Maricopa County. A shootout between two other candidates for the office, resulted in one’s death and other withdrawing from the race.

As the years went by, of course, more governmental positions were added, more counties came into being and eventually on February 14, 1912, Arizona was named the 48th state in the United States.  The state constitution then and now maintains that certain governmental positions are to be elected by the people rather than appointed by a governing board. One of those elected positions is the Office of Sheriff.  There are 15 county sheriffs in Arizona today. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was established in 1871 when a fifth county was carved out of the territory’s original four.

In territorial days, justice was swift and certain. Though for many years the sheriff had only temporary deputies and jailers, lawbreakers were eagerly pursued by the sheriff’s posse to administer justice.  In the first decade of the county’s existence, there were six lynching’s and one legal execution. Handcuffs and leg irons back then were attached to river rocks or a nearby tree – either served well as an adequate jail site.

The Arizona Highway Patrol had state wide arrest autority.  It was instituted in 1931 as a branch of the Arizona Highway Department due to the concern regarding the growing number of accidents and unlicensed vehicles on its highways.  The initial force was limited to a superintendent, 14 patrolmen (one authorized for each county) and one desk sergeant.  In 1967, the governor’s crime commission recommended creation of the department to “assemble state-level law enforcement activities into a single, effective governmental unit.”  Two years later, on July 1, 1969, the Arizona Department of Public Safety was officially established.

1900-1920 Law Enforcement

In 1929, patrolmen worked six days a week and were paid $100 a month. The police department moved into the west section of the new city-county building at 17 South 2nd Avenue. The building included jail cells on the top two floors. The museum is located in what was the Phoenix Police Department from 1928 until 1974.

Before this time period, the department was located at 100 East Washington. The officers were housed in the basement of the buidling would later would be condemneded as it was unsafe. We recreated the front desk area based on old photographs with photo display of the small department in 1913.  Just before this the town had changed to a city form of government. We went from looking like cowboys to actual uniformed officers with dress jackets, badges and hats. The first police chief, A.J. Moore started with four officer and ended up with 15.Learn first hand about the beginnings on law enforcement in Phoenix and the basic tools of the trade that officers used walking a beat. In 1933 the city of Phoenix was only 6.4 square miles, with a population of 48,200. In the year prior, the first police radio system in Arizona was installed for the Phoenix Police department with the call letters KGZJ.

Their heavy wool uniforms were not practical in the hot Phoenix sun months and most likely would not have been worn year around. Their guns were under the jackets on their belts which made it difficult to quickly draw a gun.  Officers carried a wide variety of weapons from old colt six shooters, revolvers and one semi-automatic Colt 911.  It is generally believed that the officer with the semi-automatic served in the First World War and brought the military issue gun home with him to later use on the job as a police officer.  (Semiautomatic guns were uncommon for our department and did not reappear until the mid-1990’s when the department began to transition fully to semiautomatic handguns).  Officers also carried hand irons or handcuffs and a “nipper.” A nipper was an early non-lethal devise with two handles and a small chain designed to control a prisoner. The chain would be flipped around the wrist and with the two handles twisted to put pressure in nerves in the wrist to get a prisoner in compliance.  Badges began to change styles from a star to a shield.  The hat badge had  two crisscrossed batons.  Lanterns would have been used for lighting with candles.

Arrest books from the late 1880’s to early 1900’s contained the suspects name, crime, personal property, and sentence. The term “book em” no double came from the sergeant or desk officer repeating making the same statement to write the arrested person information in the arrest log to just “book him or book em”.  Common charges were ‘drunk’ or ‘riding on the sidewalk’. Fines were generally $1-5 dollars or similar days in jail. With inflation accounting for today, that might be equivalent to more than $100 today.  Another charge in the arrest book has listing for ‘Vag’ or vagrancy.  Many times, officers would meet the arriving passenger trains at the Phoenix depot. They would approach lone men with little or no suitcases and ask their purposes of visiting Phoenix. If they had no place to stay, job, or money they would have to get back on the train or be taken to jail.

Another arrest list is ‘keeping a disorderly house’ that had a $25 fine which would have been an extremely high bail.  It wasn’t that Phoenix cared about your housecleaning abilities. It was a polite and less offense way to say a ‘house of prostitution’, therefore a higher fine which didn’t matter much since prostitution was a high cash business.

Tin Lizzie

The Phoenix Police Department had convertible top police cars.  One of the first cars to catch speeders doing 15 MPH in a 12 MPH was our 1919 Ford.  In the early 1900’s, car dealers would try to create publicity for their new automobiles by hosting car races.  In 1922, a championship race was held in Pikes Peak, Colorado.  Entered as one of the contestants was Noel Bullock and his Model T, named “Old Liz.”

Since Old Liz looked the worse for wear, as it was unpainted and lacked a hood, many spectators compared Old Liz to a tin can. By the start of the race, the car had the new nickname of “Tin Lizzie.”  But to everyone’s surprise, Tin Lizzie won the race. Having beaten even the most expensive other cars available at the time, Tin Lizzie proved both the durability and speed of the Model T.

Tin Lizzie’s surprise win was reported in newspapers across the country, leading to the use of the nickname “Tin Lizzie” for all Model T cars.  The car also had a couple of other nicknames—”Leaping Lena” and “flivver”—but it was the Tin Lizzie moniker that stuck. The 1919 Ford model T or “tin Lizzie” was one of only a few the department would drive.  Most patrol was done by foot, bicycles, and horses, very similar to patrolling Today’s city streets throughout the U.S.  The model T was a simple car with three doors and a inner skeleton made of wood.  The wood rims were patterned after earlier horse drawn wagon wheels. Gravity feed gasoline line required it to be driven backwards when going up a steep hill.   Henry Ford, whos company manufactured them, said they were available in any color as long as it was black!

Police Work After WWII

Many changes to police work occurred after World War II, from uniforms to weapons. The department began to become more standardized in its academy, training and policies.  In 1933 the department started its first radio broadcast.  

Officer worn tan and khaki uniforms in the 1940’s later to be replaced with blue uniforms.  It’s unknown why the uniform color change but some believe it was so it not resemble Nazi soldiers uniforms.  About this time the U.S. seal change by presidential order to have the eagle face the talons with olive branches of peace instead of war arrows.  Police badges soon followed with the eagle at the top of badges changing directions. Again, it was unknown if the change occurred so the eagle would not face the same direction of a Nazi eagle design.

The department also had fully automatic Thompson 45 caliber sub machine. These would have been carried after WWII by just a few officers and supervisors. They would have been provided by the U.S. government after the war since the military would no longer need the large quantities of weapons.  This program of donating used military equipment to police departments is still continued today.   During this time period you find some officers notch the wooden grips of their pistol after killing a felon, a practice left over from the frontier days.  Although acceptable then, it is, of course,  not ethical to do so today.  Nippers become more modern now without a chain and more of a clamp style.  Nightsticks are unchanged and Officer carry brass knuckles.  Detective bullet proof vest were available but not readily used due to cost, heat and availability.  Gun belts are simple with a 38, handcuff and nippers.  The department reorganized in 1950 with four divisions, Traffic, Detectives, Patrol and the Service Divisions. Officers worked 44 hours per week for $288 per month.

Officers carried small but informative rules and regulations and wore “Eisenhower jacket”. Copied after military dress jackets it was used as formal jackets for our officers. Named Eisenhower after then General Eisenhower later to become president. The department also maintained a number of officers to serve as civil defense police officers to fill in for those officers that went off to WWII. Equipment was scarce and rifles that were used were donated from Yuma territorial prison. 

Be sworn in as a police officer during your visit

Children of all ages can try on a real Phoenix Police uniform and get sworn in as a police officer while visiting the museum. Don’t forget to get your coloring book, crayons and your own sticker badge before you leave.

phoenix’s connection to Miranda warnings “You have the right to remain silent!

In the late evening hours of March 3, 1963 a young Phoenix woman was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and robbed while walking from a bus stop. Ten days later, on March 13, 1963, Ernesto Miranda was arrested by the Phoenix Police for the assault. This set in motion a series of court hearings which resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court decision that would impact interviews between law enforcement and those suspected of crimes.

You can view the copy of the signed confession. Details here……

Ernesto Miranda was arrested and convicted sexual assault and other related crimes based on a verbal and written confession. The court decision ruled that criminal suspects must be informed of their right against self-incrimination and their right to an attorney before questioning by law enforcement.

The case began in March of 1963. One victim was walking home after exiting a bus when approached by Miranda at knife point and forced in a 1950 Packard. He drove the victim to the desert and sexually assaulted her. Miranda returned her back to her neighborhood and asked her to “pray for him.”

After the assault, the victim would be met at the bus stop by a male friend and walked home for her safety. The suspect vehicle was spotted by the victim’s male friend and noted the license plate one evening while walking her home. Miranda was on the prowl for another victim. The information was provided to the police who were able to follow up on the information and contact Ernesto Miranda in Mesa, Arizona.

Phoenix Police Detectives Carroll Cooley and Wilfred Young contacted Miranda, who voluntarily accompanied them to the police station house and participated in a lineup. At the time, Miranda was a person of interest, and not formally in custody. During the interview Miranda asked the detectives how successful was the lineup. The detectives responded that it didn’t go well and Miranda responded that he that he would tell the truth. Miranda completed a handwritten confession.

The printed form that it was written on stated, “…this statement has been made voluntarily and of my own free will, with no threats, coercion or promises of immunity and with full knowledge of my legal rights, understanding any statement I make can and will be used against me.”
Miranda was convicted of his crimes and sentenced.

His case was appealed to the Arizona Supreme Court. Miranda’s attorneys appeal was based on the position Miranda was not informed of his right to have an attorney or right to remain silent but the conviction was upheld. The case was sent to the United States Supreme Court and Miranda’s attorneys argued that Miranda’s Fifth Amendment rights and Sixth Amendment right to counsel had been violated had been violated.

In November 1965, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Miranda’s case, Miranda v. Arizona, along with three other similar cases to clear all misunderstandings created by the ruling of Escobedo v. Illinois. This addressed a situation where “a police investigation is no longer a general inquiry into an unsolved crime but has begun to focus on a particular suspect in police custody who has been refused an opportunity to consult with his counsel and who has not been warned of his constitutional right to keep silent, the accused has been denied the assistance of counsel in violation of the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments, and no statement extracted by the police during the interrogation may be used against him at a trial.”

Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote the opinion in Miranda v. Arizona. The decision was in favor of the defendant Ernest Miranda. It stated that: “The person in custody must, prior to interrogation, be clearly informed that he has the right to remain silent, and that anything he says will be used against him in court; he must be clearly informed that he has the right to consult with a lawyer and to have the lawyer with him during interrogation, and that, if he is indigent, a lawyer will be appointed to represent him.”

The opinion was released on June 13, 1966. Since the opinion was released, law enforcement agencies around the United States began to give Miranda warning cards to officers to read to “in custody” suspects.
Miranda was not released from prison due to the ruling. The State of Arizona did successfully retry him for the second case against him. At the second trial, his confession was not introduced into evidence, but he was convicted based on testimony given by his estranged common law wife.
Miranda was paroled in 1972 and shortly after his release he earned money by petty drug dealing and due to infamous name, sold autographed Miranda warning cards for $1.

Miranda would approach officers on the street and agree to sign a card for the officer if the officer would give him additional Miranda cards that he could sign to sell. On January 31, 1976, Miranda was gambling at a downtown bar called the Amabola Bar when a dispute occurred. Miranda went to the bathroom and upon exiting was stabbed and was killed. The suspect was arrested and read his Miranda Rights for killing Miranda. There was not enough evidence to hold the suspect at that time due to conflicting witness statements so he was released and flee to Mexico. Currently, there is an active arrest warrant.

Police Helicopters, Cars And Motorcycles

Inside the museum you will see a 1919 Model T police car, police motorcycles, bomb robots, and even a full size helicopter. In 1974, the Air patrol unit was established initially consisting of one helicopter. A few months later, a fixed wing aircraft and two additional helicopters were added.

We even have a fully size police car for children of all ages to play in. See if you can guess how we got all those vehicles in our museum!

Calling All Cars

In the museum you will be able to see our first radio microphone used for one-way communication to the patrol cars as well as an early switchboard to take calls to dispatch the police.

Along the wall you will see commercial bucatini equipment. The first two were tele type machines or early email in a sense. Employees could send messages to another city by typing on a keyboard and transmitting a message to another dept to advise of possibly wanted persons from Phoenix in their cities. The next item was a real to reel machine to record incoming calls and radio traffic . Each tape had 16 channels that could record. The tapes would be removed and stored for a time before being reused. Further on you will see two switch boards from 1940’s in which calls to the police could be reached. Above them is a 1980 display console used to transmit radio calls to officers.

Patches And Badges

Check out our display of uniform patches from around the world. See if you can find your city or town in our collection. We also have an exhibit of the progression of our Police Departments patches and badges over the years.

Technology Changes over The Years

The museum has many displays of how technology was incorporated into police work over the years, from computers to tasers. Just imagine what law enforcement will be next in the future.


An exciting exhibit on the Special Assignments Unit (SWAT) is a must for all visitors to see. See why they are such a well training unit ready to take on threats to the public.

C.S.I. (Crime Scene Investigations)

Our newest exhibit, Crime Scene Investigation, allow visitors to view a sample crime scene (suitable for children) to learn about the various methods for gathering evidence and investigating a crime scene. See if you can discover the clues and solve the crime.

Breaking Barriers In
Law Enforcement

Several decades ago it was unheard of to have a female serving as a police officer. But today its quite common, in fact the Phoenix Police Department has its first female Phoenix Police Chief, Jeri Williams.

It was not easy for those first police women in their early beginnings.  In their early history, community members voiced concerns about incarcerated prisoners.

It was not until after WWII that the first females were sworn into the department as policewomen. Many of them served in the Juvenile and Crime Prevention Bureaus.

To join the police department in the 1950’s, women had to be between the ages of 21-35, between 5’4” and 5’10” weigh at least 120 pounds and have a high school diploma in addition to special training.

But with the addition of women, changes were slow to occur. On August 20, 1972, the newspaper reported that Officer Sheila Garcia and Nikki La Barge were the first woman graduates of the Phoenix Police Academy to work as patrol officers in the Field Operations Division.

Changes continued with other ‘firsts’ such as the female officer Donnie Buenao (in 1981 or 1982) to be assigned to the Special Assignments Unit, the first motor officer Nancy Elam, and many others, including the first female Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams.

Red or Blue wire?

View some of our retired bomb robots up close and other equipment used to keep the public, as well as the Bomb Technician safe.

Television and movies often use a dramatic license to simply defuse a bomb but cutting the correct wire, but it is much more than that.

9-1-1 Remembrance

With the help of the New York City Fire Department and an endorsement from Public Safety Manager (Chief Jack Harris) the Phoenix Police Museum received a 300+ pound section of cross member I-beam from one of the towers from the World Trade Center. Museum Curator Lt. Mike Nikolin (Retired) was in NYC and met with officials there to obtain a donation for the police museum’s 9-11 memorial display.

Memorial Room

Visit the memorial room exhibit to honor ‘Those who have passed before us’. Dedicated to the Phoenix Police Employees who have made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. There is also a exhibit honoring our K-9 partners who had duty in the line-of-duty.

Experience it through their eyes

See the tools and equipment that the men and women that protect the city have used over time and how it has evolved into what we use today.

Officers carry Glock semi-automatic pistols that are 9mm, 40 or 45 caliber capacity. Officer also had the transitional handcuffs but now expandable batons. Mace was pepper spray made of cayenne peppers. Radios are 800 megahertz capable of transmitting to many local city, county, state and federal agencies. Tasers are carried by officers as non-lethal device. The dept helicopter are displayed in the photo. The Eurocopter, a medium frame helicopter, replaced the Notar lift frame helicopters due weight and lift issues in the heat of the summer. The city also purchased a helicopter seen in red in white which is flown by police pilots but used for the fire department for emergencies such as mountain rescues. You will also see our 3 wheeled meter maid bike used for writing tickets for overdue parking meters. Get on the motorcycle and reach down to the left side and switch on the toggle switches to turn on the lights.

Come and visit!

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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.

Historical Research

The Phoenix Police Museum can perform historical research for you on a person or topic you choose. Our researchers can comb through our historical archives and create a report for you on a specific date, a historical figure, a family member, or a specific incident or issue. Let us help you learn more about our great history.

Come on In! Free admission

Open Monday through Friday

Closed Saturday and Sunday

9 a.m. -3 p.m.  (Last entrance at 2:30 p.m.)

*Service dogs are welcome

closed for holidays

New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
Presidents Day
Cesar Chavez Birthday (March 31)
Memorial Day
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Mailing Address

17 South 2nd Avenue
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 more than 1,700 Police and City of Phoenix employees as well as donations from individuals and businesses.


Please note that there is active road construction in the area for Light Rail, please allow yourself extra time for travel in the downtown area.  There is little to no parking meters along Jefferson Street at the present time.  It is highly recommended to use 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.

Payment Method

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

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.


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 oversized vehicles.  The cost of all parking is $4 per hour.  

*We offer 1/2 off parking for visitors of the museum. Just ask for your coupon at the end of your visit*

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.



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602.534.7278 or info@phxpdmuseum.org

A donation of $25 is requested for groups of 10 persons or more. We require appropriate adult supervision ratio for children and special needs individuals. Normal group sizes are suggested to be no larger than 20 persons. It is best to schedule one month in advance if you are requesting a specific time and day.





Museum Closure

The Phoenix Police Museum will be closed Friday, March 31, 2023 in observance of Cesar Chavez Day.

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