The Toledo Police Museum was originally incorporated on September 11, 1985, due much to the efforts of the late Officer Kenneth Deck. The Museum, which opened on the first floor of the Toledo Police Safety Building at 525 N.Erie Street, closed in 1994 when the space it occupied was re-purposed.
The items belonging to the Museum went into storage and, for nearly 17 years, remained unvisited except for the dust and a few souls who desired to resurrect the dream. In May of 2010, Chief Michael Navarre tasked the Planning and Research Section of the Toledo Police Department with just that . . . resurrect the Museum!
One year and a few odd days later, the Museum breathed new life into the former Ottawa Park Nature Center at 2201 Kenwood Boulevard. Countless volunteer hours were poured into the effort and the doors opened to the public on June 9, 2011.
The Museum offers visitors a trip back in time when officers walked the beat in all kinds of weather to hit a call box or jumped on the riding boards of a passing car to hitch a ride to a robbery in progress.
Visitors can get locked-up in a jail cell, have their mug shot taken by the original TPD mug shot camera, or peek inside a replica 1948 police wagon. The Museum offers many interactive displays along with a timeline highlighting the complete history of the department from its humble beginnings to present day. The Museum also has many permanent exhibits and several rotating exhibits that will feature different sections of the department or officers who served this community. To watch a video about the creation of this museum, click here.
Educational Opportunities for All Ages
The Toledo Police Museum was fashioned from its inception with children in mind. It is our goal to pass on to our youth the rich history of the Toledo Police Department through exhibits that provide hands-on fun and encourage historical thinking skills.
The inside of the Museum is octagon shaped and on the walls, beginning to the left and following the natural flow of the building, is a timeline that highlights the events that shaped our department and our city. This offers students a clear sense of time from which they can begin to understand the relationships among events and draw conclusions from them.
Children can use a scavenger hunt to keep busy in the short term, but also to teach them resourcefulness as they independently seek to find answers and items throughout the museum. Younger children can’t resist experimenting with crayons by rubbing them over paper placed on various rubber stamp images.
We understand that historical thinking is advanced by hands-on activities. Among other things, the Museum offers a 1980’s Fingerprint Comparator they can use to compare a latent fingerprint to a known sample. It is crude by comparison to the present AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) that automatically matches an unknown fingerprint against thousands of known and unknown prints in minutes.
The Museum offers several interactive exhibits along with interesting items unique to our history. We welcome you! And plan to stay for lunch! There is plenty of space for bus parking and we are located in beautiful Ottawa Park directly next door to a playground and the Liz Pierson Picnic Shelter. Please call us at 419-720-2485 to schedule a field trip or contact us at toledopolicemuseum@Gmail.com
Beautiful Ottawa Park
The Museum is situated in the beautiful Ottawa Park, next door to the Toledo Police Department Ottawa Park Substation. Mature trees and a calm setting surround the museum and plenty of parking is available. For more about the Ottawa Park, click here.
Our address is 2201 Kenwood Boulevard Toledo, OH 43606, across the street from Toledo Hospital in the beautiful Ottawa Park.
We sit off the road a little and have plenty of parking available.