phoenix police museum

Preserving our past, to inspire our future...
 
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retirees,
you are part of  an elite  fraternity, something you should always cherish

The Phoenix Police Department has a long and storied history steeped in tradition. Our employees exemplify the pioneering spirit of the west and the ability to adapt and overcome challenges. You are part of something not many have the privilege to belong to, a family with a long history of protecting and serving the people of this city for over 130 years. We are proud to be the caretakers of that history and we would like you to join us in making sure our story is never forgotten.

Become a member

We have a special membership for our retired department employees that includes a discounted price and special benefits to help you enjoy our museum.

make a donation

As a non-profit entity the museum relies on donations and product sales as our primary sources of income. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.

join our newsletter

Get on the list to receive our newsletter and get the latest news and updates from the museum. Be in the know!

volunteer

Are you looking for something more? A way to join our team and help out here or at special event? well then click the button below and send us an email and let us know you’d like to help out.

Other ways to stay connected to your BLUE family…

If you are a retired sworn Phoenix Police officer or dispatcher and would like to stay in touch with other retirees from our department, this Facebook group will welcome you. The site refrains from political topics but encourages members to share memories, photos, and other topics of the day. The site is closed (private) and closely monitored by retired officers who are the site administrators. To join or find out more, please contact:

Joyce Hubler #3949 (Ret.)
Email: joyce15448@aol.com

Al Contreras #2705 (Ret.)
Email: zorro2705@yahoo.com

The Foundation was created to provide assistance to ill or injured retired members of the law enforcement community including, but not limited to police officers, dispatchers, and other support personnel as the Foundation’s board deems appropriate. Some retiree’s have needs that are not met by current City or state benefits that can span from medical, physical and psychological, to material in nature.

To learn more, visit the website at
www.FORPO.com

Join our retiree club now!

Get special access to retiree only content and communicate with other retirees. You’ll get notice of events, articles, news, and special offers just for you.

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Our Story

To educate the public in the history of the Phoenix Police Department in historic and modern context in order to enhance the image of law enforcement; interact with our community through a positive learning environment; to promote and preserve the history of the department while building a closer relationship between our police department and our community. The Museum provides a public location for an educational museum which is free for all. The Phoenix Police Museum started as a small exhibit in October 1993 and moved to the Barrister Place Building before moving again in 2012 to its current location at the historic old City Hall building

OVER 130 YEARS OF our HISTORY

exhibits

 

interactive tours

 

officer memorial

 

historical vehicles

 
The Phoenix Police Museum is located on 2nd Ave & Jefferson Street, on the 1st floor of the Historic Phoenix City Hall. The museum highlights the history of the Phoenix Police Department from 1881, when Henry Garfias, was elected the first city marshal to the present.

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.

 

 

 

 

COMMEMORATIVE RINGS NOW AVAILABLE!

The Phoenix Police Department Collection of rings is now available for purchase from Jostens. The leader in commemorative rings production. You're able to cusotmize your ring with your information and tastes. You're able to add your name, department, years of service, and more. Click the button below to learn more and order your ring today.

*Rings can only be purchased by current and former officers/employees or their families. When prompted enter access code "ppd85003" to log into the store.

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Latest From Our Blog

This is where you’ll find great historical articles from our staff and guest writer and contributors detailing stories and exploits of local Phoenix history as it related to the Phoenix Police department and Phoenix law enforcement.
The first Police Radio system in Arizona

The first Police Radio system in Arizona

The Phoenix Police Department communications section came into being in November 28, 1932 when our department established the first police radio system in the state of Arizona. Previously, a bright light with an attached horn had been placed on a tower on top of...

An interview with Seth Scott Allen – Badge #301

An interview with Seth Scott Allen – Badge #301

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...

thin blue line gear

The "Thin Blue Line" stands for law enforcement's separation of order from chaos, or, as Oxford Dictionaries describes, it's a reference to police, "in the context of maintaining order during unrest." ... The thin blue line flag stands for the sacrifice law enforcement officers of this nation make each day. Show your support by purchasing and proudly displaying your Thin Blue Line gear today!

Show your support

The museum operates on donations form the public so any help you can offer is welcome. We have different ways to donate and different items you can donate to. Use the button below to see all of our options for helping us preserve the past.

Display one of our vehicles at your event!

If you’re interested in having our vehicles on display at your event simply click on the Learn More Button below. Our vehicles are available for free, however, we do ask you to make a donation to the museums’s vehicle restoration and maintenance fund to help us acquire and maintain these classic police vehicles.

Come on In! Free admission

Weekdays

9AM -3PM
(Last entrance at 2:45PM)

*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
Juneteenth
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving
The day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Contact info

Phone

602.534.7278

eMail

info@phxpdmuseum.org

Mailing Address

17 South 2nd Avenue
Historic City Hall 1st Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003-2202

 

Admission

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.

Parking

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.

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.

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.

*We now 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.

Note: The parking garage has a second entrance on 4th Avenue between Jefferson and Washington.

 

Tours

You can click here to make your appointment/reservation online now...

Please call or email us to schedule a tour for groups larger than 10 persons.

602.534.7278 or info@phxpdmuseum.org

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.

 

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