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Cincinnati police museum prepares to reopen near Hamilton County jail

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The Greater Cincinnati Police Museum reopens in April on Reading Road near Horseshoe Casino. (Provided by the museum's Facebook page) The Greater Cincinnati Police Museum reopens in April on Reading Road near Horseshoe Casino. (Provided by the museum's Facebook page)
Museum operators are unpacking hundreds of boxes of artifacts. (Provided by the museum's Facebook page) Museum operators are unpacking hundreds of boxes of artifacts. (Provided by the museum's Facebook page)
The Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum, one of the largest of its type in the country, is reopening next month after searching for years to find a new building.

Organizers leased office space on the northeastern edge of Downtown on Reading Road just past Sycamore Street, across from Hamilton County's courthouse and  jail.


Video: Inside the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum


Museum docents, mostly retired law enforcement officers, are determined to keep history alive and honor the men and women who died in the line of duty in eight counties of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. 

It hasn't been easy.

The museum embarked on an unsuccessful, $6 million capital campaign in 2010 to build and operate a new facility. Operators do not charge admission and depend on donations to keep the museum running.

They may charge a fee for some tours once they reopen, but those decisions won't be made until they are finished unpacking. 

Late last month, they moved in 110 displays, including the country's largest detective police badge collection, more than 700 boxes of nearly 5,000 artifacts and thousands of archives. 

Representing 150 years of police history, the museum also will feature photos of the nearly 200 officers who have been killed in the line of duty across the Tri-State since the 1880s.

For  more information and to follow the museum's progress, visit their website: http://www.gcphs.com/

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