Wilmette, Community

Doors open to police station, museum during special event in Wilmette

A packed police station isn’t usually the sign of a pleasant weekend in town, but the Wilmette Police Department didn’t mind the extra company on Sunday, May 1, when it held its annual open house.


The event was a joint venture between the police department and Wilmette Historical Society, conveniently located across Ridge Road.

Siblings (left to right) Brooke, 11, James, 9, and Ashley Stafford, 7, of Wilmette, get fingerprinted at the station Sunday, May 1.

At the station, guests could step inside a Wilmette jail cell and emergency vehicles, hear about different police work, witness a demonstration from a local K-9 unit, and — a community favorite — enjoy a free hot dog.

Not to be outdone, the historical museum has a cell of its own from its original days as the Gross Point Village Hall, which included the police and fire units.

Plenty of activities also were offered at the museum.

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This article was developed using publicly available information, such as press releases, municipal records and social media posts.

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