Visitors can learn about the 123-year history of the Oklahoma City Police Department during the second installment of “Oklahoma City! Sooner or Later …”
The exhibit opens at 10 a.m. Monday on the second floor of City Hall, 200 N Walker with a public reception. Police Chief William Citty will provide a history of the police department.
The history from 1890 to the present will be presented through photos, documents, historical items and text. Examples of items on display are a bomb suit and robot used by the department in the late 1980s, police uniforms, an armored vest from the 1930s, items issued to the first female officers in 1973 and a saddle used by the Mounted Patrol division.
“This continues the success of the first installment of “Oklahoma City! Sooner or Later …” that highlighted city government and the fire department,” City Clerk Frances Kersey said.
The self-guided exhibit is open to the public year-round from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call the city clerk's office at 297-2391.
The exhibit is made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Oklahoma City matched the grant funds and partnered with the Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma Publishing Company, Oklahoma City Museum of Art and Retro Metro OKC.