Posted on October 27, 2011 by ULEM Administrator


DATE: Friday, Oct. 28, 2011
TIME: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Press announcement at 1: p.m.
LOCATION: Utah State Archives, 346 S. Rio Grande Street, SLC.

Everyone has heard of Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch. However, few are familiar with the exploits of the dedicated men who pursued them. Little of their personal accounts remain.

Every minute in Utah, bits and pieces of the state’s law enforcement history vanish. Journals, reports, correspondence and photographs are lost through neglect, relegated to attics and basements, or, sadly, find their way into the trash.

On Friday, Oct. 28, the Utah State Archives, Utah State History, and the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial will open the Law Enforcement Historical Collection. An open house will be held between the hours of 12:00 and 5:00 p.m., with the formal announcement to the media at 1 p.m.

Featured at the open house will be interesting items and photographs from the state’s law enforcement past, including old firearms, photographs, badges, equipment, and mug shot books.

Administrators from the following departments will be available for interviews: Salt Lake City, Ogden, Utah Highway Patrol, Unified Police, Department of Corrections, and the Division of Wildlife Resources.

The goal of the Utah Law Enforcement History Collection is to provide a central repository where historical records can be gathered, preserved, and made available for research. A public call will be made to the descendants of police officers, soliciting donations of material currently forgotten or hidden away.


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