Indianapolis police setting up virtual museum

April 15, 2017 by  

Sergeant Jo Moore, a 32-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and Pat Pearsey, a civilian employee, found a number of police artifacts in a closet in the department’s Southwest District headquarters. The two are now busy creating a virtual museum of some of the objects.

Among the finds are photographs of crime scenes, one of which shows the aftermath of a gun battle in a house on Elder Avenue in Indianapolis in 1954. A typical 1950s-style kitchen is riddled with bullet holes.

Another artifact is a rifle used in a shooting in 1968. The date ‘4-7-68’ and the initials ‘V.M.’ are carved on the stock of the rifle. Moore said that the initials are those of the officer who was on the scene, Vic Moore, who is no relation to the sergeant. At the time of the incident, evidence was documented this way.

Although some of the items are unsettling, they are a valuable record of the department’s history. Sgt. Moore, who is retiring in August, is using her last year to archive the collection. The Indianapolis Public Library is assisting in digitizing the items, which will then be available for public view. Sgt. Moore says she hopes someday there will be a physical exhibit for people to see.

Efforts like this can benefit if organizers work with a brochure printing company to create booklets that describe and show some of the items on exhibit.