The Scottsdale Police Department is planning a police museum to pay tribute to the city’s finest men and women in blue — actually, make that tan, the color selected to fit in with the city’s "West’s Most Western Town’’ motto.
Police Chief Alan G. Rodbell and a team of about 20 department employees will develop a museum for the city over the next five years. A funding source for the project has not yet been determined.
And, although a location is also undecided, the chief mentioned McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park at Scottsdale and Indian Bend roads as a possibility.
"That would be a cool place to have it because there are always people wandering around,’’ said Rodbell, a history buff.
The museum could house old uniforms, which included Western shirts, jeans, cowboy hats and badges in the early years, said JoAnn Handley of the Scottsdale Historical Society. Rodbell expects most of the exhibits would be donated.
A police museum would serve a niche market, mostly for those in law enforcement or with an interest in local history, Handley said.
Scottsdale’s famous cases, solved and unsolved, could be explored and its evolution from a small town department into a big city one, with a chief and 375 sworn officers, could be tracked.
"It’s all about morale. It’s all about celebrating history and it’s all about internally feeling good about where we come from, so that’s why it’s very important to us,’’ Rodbell said. "There’s so much work that needs to be done.
But, there is a certain excitement in the organization to do that.’’