Consulting the OPP’s official history (Dahn Higley, O.P.P.: The history of the Ontario Provincial Police Force. Toronto: Queen’s Printer, 1984) is the first step any researcher should take.
Please click here for a brief research guide for OPP history.
Inquiries related to the material history of the OPP (artifacts and photographs held in the museum’s collections in Orillia) must be made in writing and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or The OPP Museum, 777 Memorial Ave, Orillia, ON, L3V 7V3. Your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate museum staff representative, who will respond as soon as possible.
Note: The OPP Museum does not have the capacity to provide general research services.
The OPP Museum preserves and celebrates the heritage of the Ontario Provincial Police.
The OPP Museum is the repository of public collections representative of policing in Ontario since 1791, specializing in the material culture of the Ontario Provincial Police from 1909, under the trusteeship of the Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police.
The permanent collection (comprised of the display & study collections plus related archival holdings) and the temporary collection (comprised of the program collection) are held and managed in the public trust. The museum is funded by the Ontario government and administered by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). The OPP is accountable for these collections to pass them on to future generations. The museum creates and advances knowledge by making the collections and information about them available to all communities served by the institution.