The Force: 150 years of NSW Police

The NSW Police Force was formed on 1 March 1862. It is the oldest and largest police force in Australia with operations on land, on sea and from the air. From wooden rattles and phrenology to taser guns and forensics, policing in New South Wales has continued to expand and develop according to the needs, attitudes and technology of the day.

This exhibition celebrates 150 years of policing through a rich collection of photographs, objects and film footage. It charts the formation of specialist units, the science of crime investigation, the role of women in the force, changes in police duties and equipment, and also pays tribute to the thousands of officers who have served their community.

Presented in partnership with the NSW Police Force

Major Sponsor: Police Association of NSW

Sponsor: Police Credit Union


12 May 2012 - 7 October 2012