Take a Virtual Tour of the U.S. National Law Enforcement Museum (opening in 2013)

From the early days of the night watch in the 1600s to the high-tech criminal investigations of the 21st century, discover a history that has largely gone untold — the history of American law enforcement — a profession that serves a vital and valued role in our society.

The National Law Enforcement Museum will be a hands-on, interactive museum providing an opportunity to walk in an officer’s shoes… and experience firsthand what it is like to make life-or-death decisions, solve crimes, protect our communities and safeguard our freedoms.

The Museum will house the most comprehensive collection of law enforcement artifacts — both historical and contemporary — in the United States. It will also offer a range of educational programs for school-age children, adults and law enforcement professionals; in fact, the Museum’s educational programs are already under way, years before the facility itself open. And the Museum will serve as a research center for students and others pursuing the study of law enforcement in America.

While the doors won’t open until mid-2013, get a preview at what will certainly become a not-to-be-missed museum destination.

Building and exhibit designs are being finalized. Precious artifacts that reflect the work of law enforcement, past and present, are being collected. And the “A Matter of Honor” fundraising campaign is underway.

National Law Enforcement Museum Mission Statement

The mission of the National Law Enforcement Museum is to tell the story of American law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education. The Museum dynamically engages the broadest possible audience in this story in an effort to build mutual respect and foster cooperation between the public and the law enforcement profession. By doing so, the Museum contributes to a safer society and serves to uphold the democratic ideals of the U.S. Constitution.

A Natural Extension of the Memorial

The National Law Enforcement Museum is a natural extension of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. It will be a place where all Americans can honor, remember and learn about the hardworking heroes who keep us safe and provide the backbone of our democratic society.

An Interactive Opportunity to Walk in an Officer’s Shoes

The Museum creates a unique opportunity for visitors to become immersed in the exciting and often dangerous lives of law enforcement officers. Visitors will learn about the evolution of American law enforcement from the first days of night watch in the 1600s to today’s state-of-the-art, high-tech criminal investigations.

Interactive exhibitions will allow visitors to walk in an officer’s shoes and experience, firsthand, what it is like to make life-or-death decisions, solve crimes and keep Americans safe while maintaining a free and open society. A destination in and of itself, the Museum will meet the high standards established for world-class museums on the National Mall and worldwide.

The Heart and Soul of American Law Enforcement

More than a physical structure, this magnificent Museum will be the hub — the heart and soul — for America’s diverse law enforcement professionals. The Museum will be a place where officers, families, friends, colleagues and all Americans fascinated with and grateful to these American heroes can come together as one unified community.

A Matter of Honor

To make this dream a reality, the Museum needs assistance from people like you. As you explore this world-class museum, you will come to better appreciate the sacrifice and commitment of America’s law enforcement officers and learn firsthand why it is important that the National Law Enforcement Museum be built.

Visit often to learn more about the exciting exhibitions, get updates on building construction, monitor the Museum’s fundraising progress, meet the people making it happen and understand why your help is “A Matter of Honor.”

Whether you choose to make a financial contribution, donate an artifact, sign up to volunteer or contribute your own personal story, there are a number of ways in which you can assist us in creating this special place. We are asking for your assistance in making this Campaign a great success.

Please consider it “A Matter of Honor.”
CLICK HERE to lend your support!

For More Information about the building of the National Law Enforcement Museum visit: http://www.nleomf.com/TheMuseum/about/index.php

CopsAlive.com suggests you use this article as a way to contemplate your law enforcement career’s legacy.

CLICK HERE to download our CopsAlive “Plan Your Legacy” worksheet and spend a few minutes thinking about how you would like your contribution to law enforcement to be remembered.

About Editor

John Marx was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. Also during his career he served as administrator of his city's Community Oriented Governance initiative through the police department's Community Policing project. Today John combines his skills to consult with businesses about improving both their security and their customer service programs. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John was devastated and began researching the problems that stress creates for police officers. He decided he needed to do something to help change those problems and he wanted to give something back to the profession that gave him so much. He started a project that has evolved into CopsAlive.com. Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! CopsAlive.com gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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