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Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:07

The “New” Glendale Police Museum

There’s something “just right” about the Glendale Police Museum. Not too big and not too small, the museum evolved out of retired Glendale Police Officer Dan Kallberg’s desire to preserve the history of the police department where he once served. Kallberg began collecting memorabilia, with the help of the Glendale Historical Society, even before he retired in 2004, and the museum officially opened in November 2002 at 6821 N. 57th Ave.

Recently, the Glendale Civic Pride Ambassadors awarded Kallberg a grant that allowed him to move the museum to the lobby of the Glendale Police Department, giving the exhibits a more permanent home and allowing more public access to them.

Before you visit, find the Glendale Public Safety Building–home to the police department, fire department and the Glendale Police Museum–on a map. The entrance isn’t on the main street, so it can be a little difficult to locate. Also be forewarned: you are in the police department lobby, so you may see people there to file a report or do whatever someone would do at a police department. (Thankfully, I don’t know too much about that.) But, you won’t see criminals or find yourself in situations that you wouldn’t be comfortable putting a toddler in.

Having said that, I want to emphasize what a great museum this is for younger kids or school field trips. Although I said it wasn’t ”too small” a museum, it is a small museum with just enough to excite children without overwhelming. Plant to spend about a half hour. In that time, they’ll see uniforms from the 1950s to present day, badges, and sirens. The highlight will definitely be the 1989 Kawasaki motorcycle that served the force for 10 years as a cruiser and then an additional three years as a trainer for young officers. My favorite items, however, were the candidate test and the handwritten log book.