THE FUTURE Did you know there is going to be a National Law Enforcement Museum?
Overview 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.
The Need The need for a museum first became evident soon after the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was completed and there was a keen interest expressed by many visitors in learning the stories behind the thousands of officers memorialized. In 1993, a small Memorial Visitors Center was established near the monument. By 1997, the museum vision had grown and the NLEOMF decided to make the creation of a “Smithsonian-like law enforcement museum” its number one long-term objective. The museum’s mission is to increase public support for law enforcement and to promote law enforcement safety.
Dating back to the first fatality in 1792, more than 17,000 officers have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Yet despite the dangers and other difficulties of the job, there are more than 800,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers serving proudly today in communities across America, putting their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. It is an incredible story of service and sacrifice that, for the most part, has gone untold. As a result, many Americans continue to take our police officers for granted. The National Law Enforcement Museum will help to generate a better understanding and appreciation of the vital contributions our law officers have made to our nation. “Clearly, the courage and sacrifice displayed by our law enforcement officers is having a profound and positive effect on our society,” declared Senator Ben “Nighthorse” Campbell after the museum legislation passed. “Establishing this museum is the least we can do to honor them and ensure that their stories of heroism and sacrifice are never forgotten.”
The Site The museum will be located in the heart of our Nation’s Capital in a historic setting called Judiciary Square (400 block of E Street, NW). Appropriately, the museum site is directly across the street from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which was established in 1991. This property is surrounded by court buildings, the original City Hall for the District of Columbia, and the National Building Museum. This is a thriving area of downtown Washington that already attracts millions of tourists each year.
Maglite® Proud to help. In the spirit of continuing Mag’s commitment, Mag Instrument is now both a Founding Partner of the National Law Enforcement Museum and a Founding Member of the NLEOMF, and has been a Sterling Circle Member of the NLEOMF since 2002.
For more information: please visit www.nleomf.com.