Tyler center looking at YPD history

Following a popular exhibition on the Youngstown Fire Department, the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center will turn its attention to the city’s police department in a new display.

“Calling All Cars: A History of the Youngstown Police Department” will feature photographs and other artifacts chronicling the city’s police force.

“We have several Youngstown police officers who work events for us, rental events,” said Leann Rich, external relations manager for the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. “They’re familiar with the building and have seen the different exhibits we’ve been doing. We had a firefighters’ exhibit previous to this one from a local collector who had a lot of fire memorabilia. They said we have a lot of stuff too. Why don’t we work together to create one for the police department.”

The historical society had pertinent items in its collection, and the police department has its own collection that has been displayed at the station.

“Our collections manger worked with current and retired officers to gather information and gather artifacts, pictures and things,” Rich said.

Vintage uniforms, badges, radar guns, a police car door with the department logo and photographs dating back to the 1800s will be part of the exhibition.

“That’s what our gallery in this building was designed for, to work with the community to bring in other collections,” Rich said.

The show is expected to be popular at the downtown location. An opening reception on Friday already is at capacity, and current and retired police personnel will get free admission for opening weekend.

Rich said the show will be on display at least through spring and could be extended depending upon when work scheduled in the main exhibition gallery is completed.