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Police museum opens in downtown Detroit.

A police officer's handbook from 1875, fingerprints from labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, and a 1940s surveillance camera hidden in a pack of Marlboro cigarettes are among the artifacts showcased at the new Detroit Police Museum, which opened earlier this year.

The museum, a collaboration between the police department and the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, honors many DPD firsts: for example, the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle used for police service, the first radios used for patrol, and the first traffic light. Visitors may also enjoy seeing badges dating back to the department's founding in 1865 as well as early uniforms including "Officer Iron Mike," a large iron body suit from the 1950s worn to negotiate with barricaded gunmen.

The police museum is located at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters, 1301 Third Street, Suite 310. For hours and more information, call (313) 596-5196 or visit

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Title Annotation:COMMUNIQUES; Detroit Police Museum in Michigan
Publication:Michigan History Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U3MI
Date:Nov 1, 2015
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