City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   Seattle City Hall exhibition features photographs from Seattle Police Department archives
5/2/2013  3:00:00 PM

Seattle City Hall exhibition features photographs from Seattle Police Department archives
May 2 through June 28; reception May 16

SEATTLE—The Seattle Police Department (SPD) will present an exhibition of two employee development projects sponsored by the Seattle Police Foundation, on view at City Hall May 2 through June 28. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at City Hall.

Contemporary Portraits of the Men and Women of the Seattle Police Department, consists of 26 black-and-white portraits of police department employees with more than 35 years of service, as well as recent award recipients. The awardees included in this exhibition are some of the many employees recognized for their hard work, bravery and dedication to the citizens of Seattle.

The second project, Technological Transitions: Historical Artifacts from the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum is an historical look at policing technology and equipment used by SPD throughout the history of the city of Seattle. Eighteen images include historical badges, weapons, and montages of past and present equipment. Images are set on a solid black background and include a description of the item and why it was used at the time. All of the actual historical items and their history were supplied by the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum, a non-profit organization in downtown Seattle.

The SPD photography unit photographed all images in this collection.

The SPD exhibition will be held in the City Hall Lobby Gallery and Anne Focke Gallery (located on the L-2 level of City Hall), 600 Fourth Ave. Gallery hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call (206) 684-7171 or visit

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of artists in our community, and advocating for issues affecting the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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