YONKERS, N.Y. – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano joined Police Commissioner Charles Gardner and members of the Yonkers Police Department, for the reopening and rededication of the Yonkers Police Museum at Police Headquarters, 104 S. Broadway.
“I am honored to join our men and women in blue in reopening the Yonkers Police Museum, which serves as a history lesson for our community and our Yonkers finest,” said Spano. “It is vital we recognize and remember our past and learn from it as it allows us to see how it has shaped the great police department we have today.”
The Yonkers Police Museum was established in 1978 by retired Deputy Chief George E. Rutledge, who is also the department’s historian.
The exhibit began with his personal collection and has since grown through the donations made by family members of former Yonkers officers. The museum offers visitors a unique look back in time into the department from its inception on April 10, 1871, to the present.
“I am extremely proud to announce the reopening of the Yonkers Police Museum,” said Gardner. “The preservation of our department’s history serves as a tribute to the men and women who have faithfully served our city over the past 144 years.”
The museum is maintained and operated by the Yonkers Police Historical Society, a nonprofit organization, dedicated to preserving the memory of all those officers who have faithfully served the Yonkers community over the years.
Rutledge said, “The Yonkers Police Museum was established in 1978 with the goal of providing the public an opportunity to learn about the history of our fine department by viewing historical photographs and police equipment utilized by the men and women over the past 144 years. It also serves to provide a means by which all those who have served our city honorably, for well over a century, are not forgotten.”
The Yonkers Police Museum was recently relocated from its prior location on the 4th floor of the Robert Cacace Justice Center.
Tour requests can be made by contacting community affairs officers at 914-377-7375.
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