Historic Highland Park police station returns to duty

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Capt. William Murphy of the LAPD Northeast Division announced last week that a police substation would open two days a week (Mondays and Fridays between 11 AM and 3 PM) in the former Highland Park police station on York Boulevard.  It’s been about two years since an active LAPD officer has worked at the former station, now home to the LAPD Museum, according to Glynn Martin, executive director of the Los Angeles Police Historical Society, which runs the museum. The Renaissance Revival-style building  – a city and national landmark built in 1925 – sat vacant for nearly two decades after the Northeast Division moved to its current home on San Fernando Road in Glassell Park. The historical society took over the station in 2000 but agreed to allow the LAPD to use the front desk as needed. “The Historical Society has always been pleased to have an officer present, and from what we know about our local community members, they too appreciate the presence.”

The station has the distinction of once being headed by Daryl Gates, the former LAPD chief who was held in the same building for punching a cop. Said Gates of his return to the station:

“Never dreaming I would voluntarily return to the station where I’d been brought in for punching a cop, I showed up for work, eager to continue trying out my talents as a boss.”

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