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MUSEUM INSIDER ARCHIVE VOLUME VII | ISSUE 10

Witness to History Recap: Boston Marathon Bombing

“This was something you couldn’t train for in our department.
It was more like a war zone than a street fight.”

These were the words of Sgt. John MacLellan of the Watertown (MA) Police Department. Hear about the experiences of Sgt. MacLellan and other integral players in the Boston Marathon Bombing investigation.

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History's Blotter: October 4, 1931
 

Calling Dick Tracy!

"I decided that if the police couldn`t catch the gangsters, I`d create a fellow who would.”
                            -Chester Gould, 1985

Chester Gould was a young cartoonist at the Chicago Tribune when he debuted Dick Tracy on October 4, 1931.

Let's travel back to October 4, 1931, to learn about a moment in law enforcement history.

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Houdini Escapes
 

The Great Magician’s Escape

"Mr. Houdini impressed his audience as a gentleman and an artist....”
-Metropolitan Police Chief Major Richard Sylvester

Harry Houdini’s spooky skills allowed him to best even the District of Columbia’s best locksmith.

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Share an officer's story in Officer Roll Call
 

Officer Roll Call

“When I first learned of Officer Roll Call I thought it was a wonderful way to honor police officers. Officers who are dedicated to their law enforcement careers are too often not recognized for the brave, caring, and dangerous work they perform. It seems that when everyone is running away from danger, the police officers are running toward it. I'm pleased Mike is now in Officer Roll Call. As the years  have gone by, I saw him go above and beyond what was expected of him as an officer.“
-Linda Connor, wife of Officer Michael A. Connor

Search Officer Roll Call and learn about other peace officers' stories and experiences such as Officer Michael A. Connor's law enforcement story.

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 October 2015 Caption Contest  

Caption Contest

The Museum’s collection includes photographs that reveal law enforcement history—from national milestones to no-frills everyday routines. Some of Museum staff’s favorites are those mysterious photos that border on bizarre, posing the question, what is going on in this picture? Help us come up with the cleverest caption for this photo.

Congratulations to Paul H. for submitting last month's winning caption!

Check out the archive to see all the winning photos and captions so far.

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