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P.O. BOX 343, YAPHANK, N.Y. 11980-434


On behalf of the dedicated members of the Suffolk County Police Historical Society, we would like to take this opportunity to inform you about the history of the Suffolk County Police Museum.

This a picture of the Logo for the Police Historical Society

The Museum opened to the public in January of 1985 to commemorate the Department's Twenty-Fifth Anniversary. The space allocated for the original Museum was part of the front lobby at Headquarters. This area comprised of 448 square feet now houses our "1925 Station House" display. The immediate success and popularity convinced the Police Commissioner and the County Executive that the small area should be enlarged to the 1,540 square feet it presently encompasses. Most of the design and construction work you see throughout the Museum was done with the help of volunteers. The Suffolk County Police Historical Society, also formed in 1985, was organized for the express purpose of preserving law enforcement history through the Police Museum. The Society provides financial assistance as well as the services of its skilled volunteers.

The Police Museum traces the evolution of policing in Suffolk from the 16th century Sheriff to the present day law enforcement professional.  Featured are:  interpretive displays such as the 1925 station house, Constable Miller's 1915 Traffic Booth, the old Riverhead Jail and a talking 1960 Police Car and Police Booth depicting the first year of operations of the County Police. There is even a real police motorcycle that youngsters (and oldsters too!) can climb aboard wearing a police jacket and helmet to get the "feel" of what it's like to be a motorcycle police officer or even get their picture taken while red lights are flashing or the siren is wailing !

Since 1985 well over 100,000 people have visited the Police Museum, and each year the numbers grow. We hope that our visitors will leave with a richer knowledge of police heritage, a better understanding of the law enforcement mission and a greater confidence in their police. Hopefully, we have made 100,000 more friends.


P.O. Edward J. Johntry
Department Historian
Lt. Thomas B. Smith
Museum Curator
Cpt. Douglas Rilling

The Museum is open daily 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and is located at:

The John L. Barry Suffolk County Police Headquarters
30 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank N.Y. 11980

For Group Tours call:

( 631 ) 852-6011.



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