The Gloucester County Law Enforcement Educational Resource Center’s Police Museum is located within the library of Rowan College at Gloucester County. The museum is open to the public six days a week and admission is free.
The museum’s mission is to educate the public about law enforcement in Gloucester County. It features nearly a century’s worth of exhibits that are dedicated to the men and women who have served in uniform.
Prior to its opening in May, 2015, the museum was in development for two years by a committee of current and retired law enforcement officials.
Gloucester County Prosecutor, Sean F, Dalton, who also serves as the museum’s committee chairman, said: “This museum will preserve the rich tradition of law enforcement in Gloucester County as well as inspire the next generation to pursue a career in public service.”
- Documents, photographs, police equipment, and uniforms.
- Video presentations.
- A “Wall of Honor” that is dedicated to the seven men and one woman who lost lives in police work since 1932. A plaque honors each of them and explains how they became part of the “Wall of Honor.”
- The histories of local police departments, including the Pitman Police Department, which is one of Glouceser County’s oldest departments.
- The development and role of K-9 officers in police work.
- A profile of the Giordano law enforcement family, which has 15 relatives who have worn the badges of agencies in three states, the FBI, and the city of Milan in Italy.
- A multi-media account of the successful prosecution of a Woodbury murder case accomplished 23 years after it occurred.
- Special recognition of various “firsts,” such as the county’s first female police chief, the first police dispatcher, and others.
- The county’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit.
Future exhibits include profiles of cold case homicides that are still under investigation.
Museum hours from Fall through Spring are Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. During the Summer, the museum is open Monday to Thursday form 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For guided tours of groups of five or more, please schedule in advance by calling (856) 384-5534.
Donations can be made to support the non-profit Gloucester County Law Enforcement Educational Resource Center at P.O. Box 446, Woodbury NJ 08096
The museum is located at 1400 Tanyard Rd., Deptford Township.