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, MLA Kirkfield Park
June 24, 2013

Winnipeg Police Museum and Historical Society

Mr. Speaker, Kirkfield Park is home to many hidden gems to discover, especially now that summer is finally upon us. From Cuthbert Grant's mill to the Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia, there's much history to discover in our community.

Today, I rise to recognize 25 years of one institution in particular. The Winnipeg Police Museum and Historical Society displays an incredible collection of historical Winnipeg police force artifacts that dates all the way back to the force's beginnings in 1874.

The museum is located in the Winnipeg Police Training Academy on Allard. Visitors to the museum can take a journey through Winnipeg's unique history from the perspective of its police services. Life back in the day is illustrated through everything from early equipment, old photos, a jail cell built in 1911 and a restored 1925 patrol wagon. There is also memorabilia from the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike and a display on dangers faced by officers in the line of duty.

This museum is truly a treasure trove hidden right in our own backyard, Mr. Speaker. Historians, theatre groups and movie productions also use this little museum as a valuable resource for information and period pieces.

I am proud that the Police Museum has had a successful run in our community. I encourage anyone in our neighbourhood who has not yet had a chance to visit to drop by while it is still in our community. Next year, the Police Museum will be relocating to the new Winnipeg Police Service headquarters downtown.

I invite all members to join me in recognizing the Winnipeg Police Museum's contribution to our neighbourhood over the last quarter century. We wish you all the best in your next location.

Thank you.