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Welcome to the Saint Paul Police Historical Society!

Our mission statement is
“Committed to Preserving and Promoting
the History of Policing in Saint Paul, Minnesota.”

The Saint Paul, Minnesota Police Department's historical roots extend back to the mid-nineteenth century. At that time, the containment of crime and the maintenance of order became major issues of concern for the rapidly growing frontier community of Saint Paul. The appointment of William R. Miller to the office of City Marshall in 1854 heralded the birth of the Department.

Come inside our site to experience the rich and colorful history of both the city of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Police Department. Check back often as we are trying to constantly update our site.

Please contact us if you have anything (information or historical items) to contribute to our cause. We appreciate hearing from you!

“Our history has the potential for providing insight for generations in the future.”
- Former Chief J. Mark Harrington

The Saint Paul Police Historical Society created a Wall of Honor
to recognize all officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Wall of Honor

Over the past 24 months the Saint Paul Police Historical Society has been working on a special project to provide a lasting memorial to honor our fallen officers. Research was conducted on each of the officers killed in the line-of-duty, and designs were formulated. Authorization was obtained from the Police Department and the City of Saint Paul. Through the efforts of project director, retired officer Timothy R. Bradley, assisted by retired forensic artist Paul D. Johnson and the entire Police Historical Society, a new Saint Paul Police Wall of Honor has been erected in the lobby of the downtown police headquarters. All this was done through public donation. Not one tax dollar was expended in this undertaking.

Learn more about this very important project here

The dedication took place on Thursday, September 26, 2013,
when the memorial bell tolled 32 times to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
(View the dedication below)

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