To inform and educate visitors to the museum of the long history and abounding heritage of the Arizona Highway Patrol and
Arizona Department of Public Safety through static and interactive photographic, audio and written word exhibits.
Three employee groups came together in 2011 to work toward the creation of the museum. The three organizations were the Arizona Highway
Patrol Association (AHPA), the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police Grand Canyon State Lodge #32 (AZFOP32) and the Coalition of Department
of Public Safety Retirees (CDPSR). Two members from each of the three organizations were appointed to represent them on the museum's
Board of Directors. A seventh Board member was appointed by the Director of the Department of Public Safety as liaison to the
Over twenty years ago, DPS Major Deston Coleman put forth the vision to collect and preserve historical and significant
artifacts of interest relating to the history of the Arizona Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety. Along with
the efforts of Mr. Art Coughanour and Mr. Paul Palmer Jr., the collection which the Arizona Highway Patrol & Department of Public
Safety Heritage Museum now possesses began. In November 2013, the Museum was incorporated in the State of Arizona and, on July
15, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service determined the museum was exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC)
501 (c) (3). Donors can deduct contributions they make to the museum under IRC Section 170. Additionally, the museum was determined
to be a public charity under IRC 509 (a) (2).
While we don't have a "brick and mortar" facility for displaying the museum artifacts,
the Board of Directors and Museum Associates are working diligently toward making the museum a reality. Through fundraising
efforts to raise capital we are marching forward to our goal of establishing a physical facility to proudly display the history of
the Arizona Highway Patrol and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Our goal is to open the museum in 2016.
Board of Directors:
Coe Mitchell, Chairman
Betty Gallery, Vice Chair
Bob Mitchell, Secretary
RT Smith, Treasurer
Members at Large:
Anni Foster, DPS Liaison
All former and current DPS Directors
Paul Palmer, Jr.
Jack Watling Web Design
Arizona Highway Patrol & Department of Public Safety Heritage Museum, Inc.
Preserving the Past for Today and the Future