Construction on a police museum on Ellicott City's Main Street is underway and is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, according to Howard County Police.
"We want to pay tribute to the men and women who have paved the way for our current successes," said Pete Newman, president of the Howard County Police Foundation, in a statement. "We want our community to better understand the dedication and contributions of our officers and the important role law enforcement has played in Howard County."
The museum is being funded by donations from the Howard County Police Foundation, Supervisors' Alliance and the Retired Officers Association. Currently, the police foundation is asking for donations from the community to help them with some of the approximate $120,000 cost of the museum. Police are also asking that anyone who has information or artifacts about the police department's 60-year history in the county to come forward and be part of the museum.
Because the police foundation is a 501(c)(3), donations to the museum are tax deductible, according to police.
“We are proud of the Howard County Police Department and the key role it is has played in this community,” said Police Chief William McMahon, in a statement “We believe that preserving our past is an important part of protecting our future.”