The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's Museum Project Is under Way

By Kelly, Michael | Corrections Today, July 2004 | Go to article overview

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's Museum Project Is under Way


Kelly, Michael, Corrections Today


Police and corrections provide law enforcement services that are vital to all citizens. Without law enforcement, there is no law and order. Every day, these officers put themselves in harm's way to maintain peace and public safety. These are important--and dangerous--professions.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the public's appreciation for law enforcement and reminding them of the sacrifices that so many of these officers have made. The Memorial Fund's most visible effort to date is the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., completed in 1991 to honor law enforcement and correctional officers who gave their lives in the line of duty (see related story on page 96). The names of the fallen officers are inscribed on the memorial's marble walls. Of the more than 15,000 names there, 445 belong to correctional officers.

The Memorial Fund oversaw the memorial's development, design and construction but did not rest on these accomplishments. Visitors to the memorial expressed a keen interest in learning more than just the names of the officers honored there, and in 1993, a small visitors center was established near the site of the memorial. A year later, the Memorial Fund successfully lobbied Congress to pass a law requiring all American flags on government buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Peace Officers' Memorial Day (May 15th of each year). In 1996, at the Memorial Fund's urging, Congress authorized the U.S. Mint to issue 500,000 National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Commemorative silver dollars. Sale of the commemorative coins raised nearly $1.5 million.

Every year, the Memorial Fund presents its top award, the Distinguished Service Award, during a candlelight vigil preceding Peace Officers' Memorial Day. The award goes to an individual or organization that has made a lasting and exceptional contribution to the law enforcement profession and to the memorial cause. Those who have been presented the Distinguished Service Award include television host and victims rights/missing children's advocate John Walsh, former Attorney General Janet Reno and former President George H.W. Bush.

Still, the governing body of the Memorial Fund wanted to do more to generate public support for law enforcement and to honor the officers who make up its ranks. In 1997, they developed an idea for a brand new complex of exhibits to replace the visitors center that was built a few years earlier. The plan was to create a "Smithsonian-like" museum dedicated to the history, present and future of law enforcement.

In 2000, a law passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton authorized a national law enforcement museum to be built on federal property. The museum will be privately funded and, like the memorial, will be developed, constructed, owned and operated by the Memorial Fund. It will be located directly across the street from the memorial in downtown Washington, D.C. Construction of the museum is slated to begin in 2007, and its opening is scheduled for 2009.

The museum will present the history of American law enforcement from its origins in the early 1600s right up to the war against terrorism. Special topics will be included such as the taming of the Wild West, the response to Prohibition-era crime and drug trafficking, and the impact of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The museum facility will also include a research repository devoted to promoting law enforcement safety. In addition to the latest information on subjects such as less-than-lethal weaponry and bullet-resistant vests, case histories and statistical data showing the trends in line-of-duty deaths will be made available.

With that much information to cover, it is envisioned that this will be the largest and most comprehensive law enforcement museum and research facility in the world. The design calls for 25,000 square feet of predominantly underground exhibit space. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's Museum Project Is under Way
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.