Police officials marked the formal grand opening Friday of the Howard County Police Museum.
The museum, located inside the Howard County Welcome Center on Main Street in Ellicott City, includes exhibits on fallen officers, vintage uniforms, past chiefs of police and antique weapons.
"We need to capture the history of this agency," said Howard County Police Chief William McMahon, who is retiring from the top job next week.
Retired Howard County Sergeant Larry Corum, who was heavily involved in the project, said the museum shows how far the department has come over the course of its 61-year history.
"The Howard County Police Museum is the place to remember those people and remember those places we've been," said Corum, who joined the force in 1963.
The cost of operating the museum is being picked up by the Howard County Police Foundation and other private donors.
The foundation is selling commemorative Howard County coins, as well as limited edition miniature police cars for $25 to raise money for the museum. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The museum will be open to the general public Wednesdays through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Group tours can also be arranged.