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Take a step back in time on a tour through our Historical Center. You can travel into our past taking a look at various uniforms, cars and equipment used by the Indiana state police over the years.
The center, dedicated in 1993, was built on unused acreage adjacent to the Indianapolis Post. Funding for construction and furnishings for the center was made possible through private donations. A committee of department employees and community leaders oversaw the construction phase. Upon completion, more volunteers were called on to spend numerous hours completing the interior and displays. Additionally, employees and friends of the state police donated memorabilia to enhance the exhibits.
During a tour, visitors can see displays of donated and confiscated items from the John Dillinger era, as well as a moonshine still, a variety of state police vehicles, and numerous antique equipment relating to law enforcement. The Historical Center also serves as the administrative offices of the Indiana State Police Youth Services. Since 1970, the state police has sponsored camps for middle and high school students interested in law enforcement.
State police logo items are available at the Historical Center. The Historical Center is open to the public Monday thru Friday from 9am to 3pm, or by appointment. For more information or tours of the center, contact the Youth Education & Historical Center, 8660 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219, 317-899-8293 or 1-888-ISP-YOUTH.
The Historical Center will be closed December 24-26 and December 30-January 2.
The two-headed car allows visitors to sit inside an authentic patrol car. From the driver's seat you can activate the emergency lights and siren and communicate via the radio with the driver of the other side of the car.
The boots and breeches uniform of the 1930's is captured in this display.
Patrol cars used by the department through the years are on display at the museum.
These early cameras were used to capture images of evidence and offenders.
In the early days of the state police, troopers patrolled Indiana's roadways astride Indian motorcycles.
Through the years civilian dispatchers have played a key role in keeping Indiana safe. Dispatchers used consoles like this one to keep troopers apprised of ongoing activities.
The Indiana Excise Police Law Enforcement Division has destroyed many stills like this one capable of producing approximately 25 gallons of ethanol (pure grain alcohol).
The memorial wall at the museum's entrance serves as a reminder of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
In the 1930's gangs of bank robbers ran rampant throughout Indiana. Due to the large number of robberies, the Indiana Legislature created the state police in 1933. Displays from this era include items from Hoosier native John Dillinger, the Brady and Easton gangs.