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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The International Union of Police Associations AFL-CIO
pledged $100,000 to the National Law Enforcement Museum, joining
17 other law enforcement associations who have become Founding Partners of
the Museum. The announcement was made prior to this year's ceremonies for
National Police Week. Founding Partners are those organizations that have
set the standard for law enforcement support of the Museum by investing
$100,000 or more by March 2005. The I.U.P.A. represents more than 100,000
officers and has been involved with the Memorial since its creation in 1984
by an act of Congress.

"The Museum is a logical step forward in providing the American public with
a better idea of and greater appreciation for the commitment and sacrifices
made by law enforcement officers and their families to protecting the
American public. We are proud to have been a part of that effort since the
beginning of the memorial to our support for the future museum," said Sam A.
Cabral, I.U.P.A.'s International President.

"I.U.P.A. has a rich history of being the first law enforcement union to
have their own independent voice within organized labor, and has worked
ceaselessly to enhance the working and personal lives of law enforcement
professionals across the country," reflected Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and
Executive Director of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
(NLEOMF). "So it's a natural fit for I.U.P.A. to be among the premier group
of law enforcement organizations that have assumed a leadership role in
helping to build the Museum."

In November 2000, Congress passed a law, signed by then President Clinton,
authorizing a national law enforcement museum to be built on federal
property across from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in
Judiciary Square.

Scheduled to open in 2009, the 90,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement
Museum in the nation's capital will be the first national museum in the
world dedicated to law enforcement. The Museum will celebrate the vital
contributions that America's law enforcement officers have made to our
nation. It will be filled with hands-on activities, state-of-the-art
interactive technology, and rotating educational exhibits that will explore
the past, present and future of law enforcement in America. More than
500,000 visitors from around the world are expected yearly.

In addition to the exhibits, the museum will offer a forum for important
discussions on current and emerging trends in law enforcement and serve as a
research repository for law enforcement safety.

"It has been said that the Memorial we've built to honor our fallen officers
tells the end of the story; now, we must build the National Law Enforcement
Museum to tell the rest of the story - a story of incredible service and
sacrifice throughout our nation's history," added Mr. Floyd.* * * * * * * *
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Editor's Note: The NLEOMF is a nonprofit organization established in
1984 to generate increased public support for the law enforcement profession
by permanently recording and appropriately commemorating the service and
sacrifice of law enforcement officers; and to provide information that will
help promote law enforcement safety. The NLEOMF operates and maintains the
National Law Enforcement Officers memorial in Washington, D.C., which lists
the more than 17,000 law enforcement officers killed since the first
recorded line-of-duty death in 1792. The NLEOMF runs the national Officer of
the Month program, is an organizer of the National Police Week tribute each
May, and serves as a clearinghouse of information about law enforcement
officers killed in the line of duty.

For more information on the NLEOMF, visit

To schedule an interview with NLEOMF Chairman Craig W. Floyd, contact Bruce
Mendelsohn at 202 737 3400, or at or Chris Beakey at 302
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