Winnipeg – The local police force has a long and storied history that you may not realize.
As part of Heritage Winnipeg’s ‘Doors Open’ event, you can visit the WPS Museum at the new headquarters.
Jack Templeman is the curator and historian and tells 680 CJOB they’ve got some big items.
“The oldest would be the 1925 paddy wagon, which is a Rio. The beauty of it, is that it’s been completely restored, so it drives, but, we have the record, it was Winnipeg’s truck. It’s not a truck like they had, it is the actual truck,” says Templeman.
You can also see a hovercraft that was the only one used by police in Canada in 1970. Officers only used it for a year for rescue and recovery and it didn’t exactly work out as planned.
“The company who had imported it from England, instead of being able to talk to other departments and say Winnipeg loved it, Winnipeg didn’t love it. They were not able to sell any others. They sued the company in England, which eventually went bankrupt. So, it’s a rare item,” Templeman explains. It wouldn’t climb up the banks from the water, as it was hoped it would.
Entrance to the museum is free between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. today and tomorrow at the headquarters located at 245 Smith Street.