recommended reading

Memorial fund breaks ground on law enforcement museum

The country's first museum to honor law enforcement will be built almost completely underground, officials said Thursday, and will feature state-of-the-art technology to wow visitors.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund on Thursday broke ground on the museum, which will be located in Washington, across the street from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

The museum is expected to open by the end of 2013 and will showcase technology to interact with visitors. A 911 call center and use-of-force judgment simulator will give visitors a chance to make the type of split-second decisions law enforcement officers make every day. The building also will house a mock forensics lab, allowing visitors the chance to analyze clues and solve crimes.

The museum's capital campaign must raise $25 million between now and the facility's completion. The memorial fund expects the total cost of the museum to reach $80 million. The campaign has received big donations from corporate sponsors and the District of Columbia government, but the largest gift -- a $5 million donation -- came from Police Unity Tour, a network of law enforcement officers across the country who raise awareness for those who have died in the line of duty with an annual four-day bicycle ride from New Jersey to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The museum will honor the more than 1,800 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as well as all those who have served, and lived to tell their stories, said NLEOMF Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Craig Floyd.

"We recognize that public safety is a partnership between law enforcement and the citizens they serve," Floyd said during Thursday's ceremony. "This museum will strengthen that partnership by helping people to better understand and appreciate the value of policing in America."

Attorney General Eric Holder, who also spoke on Thursday, described himself as a "lifelong admirer of law enforcement."

"I expect that here, where we broke ground today, future generations will be inspired," he said.

The first phase of construction on the museum will begin in the next few weeks.

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

    Download
  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

    Download
  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.