Our existence begins with a story of preservation, with the CPS Archives being born in a police service building basement over 60 years ago. The beginning of a Museum to house these artifacts also gave life to our extensive social responsibility efforts – a youth crime prevention program that now educates over 60% of all Calgary Grade 6 Students. Today, our Police Museum welcomes thousands of visitors each year, helping to bridge the gap between Calgary citizens and their local police service.
A Forensics officer has the foresight to start storing old police artifacts and documents in the basement of Calgary Police headquarters.
The basement is piled floor-to-ceiling with artifacts. A jaw cast from a renowned Calgary case is seen decorating the Chief’s desk as a paper weight. A plan to create a police museum is put into action.
The museum opens downtown under the name YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre, showcasing Calgary Police history and offering crime prevention programs. Thousands of students and families visit over the next 18 years.
The Flood! Water fills the downtown building the original Centre is housed in. Staff scrambles to save and protect the collection, and miraculously, everything is saved. YouthLink is shut down indefinitely.
A plan is put in place to design and construct a brand new state-of-the-art centre attached to the new Police HQ at Westwinds.
Construction begins at the new YouthLink Calgary location.
October 2013 - October 2015
The design, building, exhibits, content and programming are completed.
October 5, 2015
The new YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre opens its doors.
2015 - Present
Approximately twenty thousand students and families visit the new Centre each year, experiencing all new high-tech, immersive exhibits and programs, and learning about crime prevention and policing in our city.