THE INTERNATIONAL POLICE Museum (IPM) has moved, but it is still the best place to learn about the history of policing. The museum is now located in Wheeler, inside Wheeler Treasures Antique Mall at 395 Nehalem Boulevard.
The museum contains all sorts of vintage policing items, including U.S. and international helmets and badges, a polygraph, handcuffs, and more. The museum also has displays on People in Law Enforcement, Women in Law Enforcement, and Tillamook County and Oregon Law Enforcement. There are a number of interactive stations that appeal to children, such as the fingerprint station and a scavenger hunt.
“IPM strives to improve the understanding between police and the citizens they serve through the demystification of law enforcement equipment, activities, and techniques,” says IPM founder and executive director Ed Wortman. Check out the museum’s updated website for more information.
This story appeared in the Happenings section of the Summer 2021 issue of Oregon Coast magazine.