Summer 2012
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EPD Centennial

The Edmonds Historical Museum presents its much-anticipated exhibit, "Stick ‘Em Up! Celebrating 100 years of the Edmonds Police Department,” July 28-Nov. 4, 2012.

The Edmonds Police Department was officially created by ordinance on Oct. 16, 1912.  Dogs, drunkenness, gambling and general nuisances were the order of the day.  At that time, an ununiformed and often unarmed town marshal kept the peace, and night watchmen and special police were hired to help as needed.  The police department was located on the lower floor of the Carnegie Library/City Hall building, along with council chambers and other city offices.  In the early 1920s, the first jail cell was installed in the building's basement coal bin, with many characters sharing the space over the years.  Grafitti can still be seen on the walls today. The police department and jail cells were located in this building until 1962, when the new civic center was completed. 

Today, the Edmonds Police Department is nationally accredited, with more than 50 commissioned officers and 11 civilian staff members.  The department’s centennial celebration kicks off with the exhibit grand opening at the Edmonds Historical Museum July 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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