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Murals to Be Unveiled Sunday at Edmonds Police Department Open House

As the department celebrates its centennial, it invites the public for a behind-the-scenes look at a police station.

The Edmonds Police Department wants you to help celebrate the department's 100th anniversary.

On Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., you can tour the police offices and see operations from the inside, view displays of police equipment, see a K-9 team in action and examine police vehicles and the mobile communications van.

During the open house, the department will unveil three recently completed, historically significant murals painted inside the police station by .

The mural project includes a depiction of the various badge designs used throughout the department’s history, a uniform patch and an image of the original police station.

That building, which still stands today, went under construction in 1910 thanks to a grant from the Carnegie Foundation. The brick and stone building located at 118 Fifth Ave. North housed the library on the upper floor and City Hall on the lower floor.

The original Edmonds Police Station was located on that lower level. The building has since been placed on the National Register of Historic Buildings and currently houses the Edmonds Museum.

The mural project was conceived by the employees of Edmonds Police Department and completed without cost to the city. The three-phase project was made possible by support from the Edmonds Police Foundation, Campbell-Nelson Volkswagen/Nissan, the Edmonds Historical Museum, public donations, and contributions from the employees of Edmonds Police Department.

"The artwork provides police employees and station visitors a convenient reminder of our humble beginnings 100 years ago," said Sgt. Mike Blackburn. "In 1912, the police department was staffed by one marshal. Today, our city of over 39,000 residents is served by a police department of 54 commissioned officers and 11 civilian staff members." 

The community that became Edmonds developed from the original homestead of George Brackett in 1876. Edmonds was officially incorporated in 1890, and on October 16, 1912, the police department was established by Ordinance No. 254.

As part of the centennial anniversary, the is presenting its exhibit,

The exhibit runs through Nov. 4.

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