The new exhibits, which date to the city's earliest days as a fairly lawless town that sprouted overnight to 10,000 people, are enough to merit the station status as one of Bricktown's newest attractions for locals and tourists alike.
The exhibits include early-day booking photos, guns, badges, the city's first bomb removal unit, vintage police uniforms, and displays on the visits of gangsters including Bonnie and Clyde and Machine Gun Kelly.
Taken in its entirety, the exhibit shows how crime is just the seedy, dark side of business, and how often the line was blurred between legitimate and criminal enterprises. It's no wonder the city's first police force (whose picture is displayed at the exhibit) was led by Chief Charles Colcord — himself a major player in the early-day development of Oklahoma City.
The exhibit is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special after-hours tours can be arranged by calling the station at 297-1180.