The Portland Police Historical Society: Preserving the History and Honoring the Service of Portland Law-Enforcement Officers, 1851 – Present

St Johns officers, around 1915

September 12 – July 4, 2017

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Portland, Oregon 97205
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On loan from the Portland Police Museum (located on SW 2nd Avenue in downtown Portland), this local exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Portland Police Historical Society through artifacts, photographs, and documents relating to the early years of law enforcement in Portland, with a particular focus on the histories of the Portland Police Memorial and the Highland Guard.

The mission of the Portland Police Historical Society is "to promote goodwill between the Portland Police Office and the community," and the Portland Police Museum works to preserve the history of the officer in Portland, dating back to the first city marshal in 1851. Artifacts on loan tell the stories of the bureaus first hundred years and include a panoramic timeline, historic badges, and an officer uniform from 1908.

The Portland Police Memorial, located in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, honors the twenty-nine Portland officers who have been killed in the line of duty. The exhibit features images from the Memorial as well as the original architectural model of the proposed structure which was shown to then President H.W. Bush during a visit to Portland. The Highland Guard performs at funerals, memorials, and other public events that honor the service of police officers and firefighters in Portland, and visitors to this exhibit will see an authentic Highland Guard uniform, including bagpipes, regalia, and kilt. 

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