National Law Enforcement Museum
The enormity of the sacrifice
is clear to any visitor to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in
Washington, D.C. There are more than 16,500 names on the marble walls of that
national monument, with hundreds more added every year. Each of those officers
paid the ultimate price working to preserve public safety. They deserve to be
honored and remembered.
But, unless you were a friend, colleague or loved one, the inspiring stories
behind the names are mostly unknown. All of that will change, though, when a new
museum, which was approved by Congress two years ago, opens its doors right
across the street from the Memorial.
The importance of building the National Law Enforcement Museum is clear. While
the Memorial permanently and silently tells an important story of service and
sacrifice, as one law enforcement leader recently said, "The Memorial focuses on
the end of the story — We need to tell the rest of the story."
When it opens in 2009, the National Law Enforcement Museum will be the largest
and most comprehensive museum of its kind in the world. This "glimpse behind the
badge" will include 25,000 square feet of exhibits commemorating law
enforcement's past and present.
As visitors tour the permanent and rotating exhibits, visitors will learn your
story. The heroism behind the names on the Memorial — The details of daily life
on the beat — How you investigate and solve crimes — The split-second life or
death decision you make. Every step of the visitors will gain a deeper
understanding of the enduing connection between you and the public you serve.
To tell your story properly, we need your help. That's why we've launched a
Matter of Honor: The Campaign to build the National Law Enforcement Museum. This
$80 million campaign — $10 million of which we hope to raise from the law
enforcement community — is a historic philanthropic initiative.
In 2000, a law (P.L. 106-492) passed by the United States
Congress and signed by President Clinton authorized a national law enforcement
museum to be built on federal property in Washington, D.C. The museum will be
privately funded and will be developed, constructed, owned and operated by the
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF)-the same nonprofit
organization that built and now oversees the National Law Enforcement Officers
Memorial. Construction is expected to commence in 2007. The museum opening is
scheduled for 2009. The museum will reach a broad and diverse audience, with
attendance expected to be as high as half a million visitors a year, including
40,000 students on class trips.
To learn more about the NLEOM Museum and its Exhibits, please visit the
NLEOMF Web site and click on the "Build the Museum" button on the left.
Download a Museum brochure