CINCINNATI — Retired Cincinnati police officers are showing off our law enforcement history to help community members understand police work today.
In a second floor unit on Reading Road, Greater Cincinnati Police Museum volunteers sift through and display thousands of historical artifacts and documents from more than 160 Tri-State law enforcement agencies.
“(Visitors) can ask questions that they may not be comfortable asking to a policeman on a beat. Certainly, if someone calls the police to your house, it’s never a happy occasion,” said Richard Gross, who helped found the museum in 1998. “We can tell them, ‘Hey, this is why we enforce these laws and how we enforce these laws, and these are our procedures."
Watch the video below for a peek at what's inside.
The museum contains law enforcement tools from the 1800s through today. Watch the video below to learn about law enforcement's earliest history in the city.
"It’s every day that we get people through here. I think it’s important for the city. I think it’s important for the police departments — all the police departments in the area," Gross said. "We want to be a bridge to the community more than anything else, where we can get people in here to understand what policemen do and who they are, and that we’re not an army of occupation in the community."
Want to see more? Visit the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum
Where: 308 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday