The Cheektowaga Police Department has transformed some rooms in their headquarters into an exhibit space. A way to honor their 180 years of service in Cheektowaga, the Police Department feels that this public space can present the history of Cheektowaga, its police department, and help the community better understand and connect with local law enforcement officers. The Police Headquarters building already has hallway wall space dedicated to honoring fallen officers, celebrating past Chiefs and displaying historic photos. With the addition of a dedicated room, the Department hopes to create a full-fledged museum with the help of OtherWisz Creative.
Our first exhibit project was the design, development and installation of a display of historic and current firearms. Titled “Weapon Systems”, it’s a glass case of wall-mounted handguns, rifles and specialty weapons including a taser, stun grenade and gas gun. Custom-designed barrel mounts virtually disappear, putting the focus on the firearms, which float on a white birch wood back panel printed with an image of a technical diagram of a Glock. The light-colored wood board is the perfect background, providing contrast to the black metal of the guns.
OtherWisz worked with the Cheektowaga Police Department’s Range Master to develop the informational panels. Our research highlighted the history and technical details of the firearms providing an informative and visually interesting exhibit.
This project included research, copywriting, editing, design and development, and the installation in an existing display case. Future display cases will include patrol officer’s uniform and equipment, vintage police tools, a K9 exhibit and high-profile crimes such as the infamous 22-Caliber Killer.
Cheektowaga Police Department
Exhibit Design & Installation
November 10, 2017