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The National Law Enforcement Museum

The National Law Enforcement Museum

In the year 2000, the United States Congress and President Bill Clinton authorized the establishment of a National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC, paving the way for the nation's largest and most comprehensive museum honoring the duty and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers.

Building and exhibit designs are being finalized. Precious artifacts that reflect the work of law enforcement, past and present, are being collected. The Museum plans to open in late 2018.

Telling the story of law enforcement in America

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.

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 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 and meet the people making it happen.

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