Museum chronicles story of law enforcement, honors officers


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The American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville honors law enforcement past and present. Its many exhibits depict its history.

Dan Reigada

Anything law enforcement related likely can be found at the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville.

“Its purpose is to honor all who serve behind the badge, to celebrate the lives of those lost in the line of duty and to trace law enforcement history in the United States,” said Tara Engel, the president of the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum.

Originally in North Florida, then Miami, the organization moved to Titusville in 2003.

“We chose Titusville because it is family friendly,” Engel said. “We also loved being near the Kennedy Space Center.”

The facility’s 50,000 square feet houses exhibits, some poignant, some hands-on and fun, but all educational.

A memorial rotunda honors officers fallen in the line of duty. A 9/11 tribute contains metal from one of the World Trade Center towers.

Historic exhibits include a Wild West area, complete with stocks, pillory and a caged tramp chair.

In an auto alley of vintage police vehicles, museum attendant and tour guide Lynne Lanier sat on the back seat of a police Crown Victoria to illustrate being arrested from a perpetrator’s viewpoint.

“Once the door closes, you can’t get out,” she said.

Another exhibit displays law enforcement tools such as firearms, billy clubs, handcuffs and modern forensic techniques.

A replica electric chair, jail cell and gas chamber offer views of criminal consequences.

Hands-on items in the children’s corner include law enforcement clothing for trying on and a coloring table for children to make their own badges.

To learn about boat safety, visitors are invited to board a boat donated by the Florida Wildlife Commission.

Outside the museum, a memorial pays tribute to law enforcement canines who served faithfully.

The American Police Hall of Fame and Museum is at 6350 Horizon Drive in Titusville, off State Road 405, near the Kennedy Space Center.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For information about the museum, its indoor shooting range and firearms instruction, call 321-264-0911 or go to aphf.org

Admission for adults is $13, military and seniors $10, children 4 to 12 years old $8, law enforcement officers $5 and law enforcement family survivors $2.