I know its been a while, and some of you have been wondering about my visit to the Toronto Police Museum. So, here you go! :)
About a year and a wee bit ago, @TPSChrisBoddy (He’s super wicked!) suggested that I come and check out the Toronto Police Museum. I was a little shocked as I didn’t even know that there was one! A year and a wee bit later, I finally was in the area long enough to make the trip! I was given a mind-blowing tour, learned a lot and took some wicked pictures. I’ll include a slide show of all the photos I managed to snap at the end.
One thing that I would like to stress is that it’s so (pronounced ‘soooooo’) important for public organizations (in any form) to showcase their history, good or bad. As George Santayana once stated, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” If we cannot learn from our past, then we cannot learn from our mistakes and thus cannot move forward and improve. (Insert something witty about being progressive here)
History is accessible to all and because of this, it is a great way to build connections/relationships with the public. It can also assist in explaining complicated issues. We all share history and we can all learn from it. This is why I think it’s important for public organizations, like the police, to showcase their history. Not only can you show where you’ve come from (and how far you’ve come) but you can also show where you’re going. It can assist the community in understanding the key issues of your organization and build bridges to better understanding and communication. Much of our misunderstanding and confusion comes from not knowing, therefore it is important that we educate the community in a way that is accessible to them.
For example, someone may not be able to pick up a book on the nineteenth century detective John Wilson Murray, but they may be able to watch a movie or visit a museum. People choose to learn in a way that is accessible to them. This is why museums are important because they provide this accessible means of communication, in a variety of forms (visually, orally etc.). (Did you know that he was the inspiration for Murdoch Mysteries?) Check it out here on CBC too!
I know this post is brief, but I just wanted to make a small point; that history is important in the understanding and evolution of our community. So, mad props to you Toronto Police! Guys and gals, definitely check out the Toronto Police Museum. The Museum is solely funded through guided tours, sales from their Gift-Shop, and research requests.