The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (the NLEOMF) formally broke ground inWashington, DC this week for a National Museum of Law Enforcement.Â The museum will be built on the 400 block of E Street, NW, which is across the street from theÂ National Law Enforcement Officers MemorialÂ in Judiciary Square.
Congress originally authorized the project ten years ago.
The museum will open in late 2013 and will be around 55,000 square feet. It will have high-tech interactive exhibitions and will be mostly underground.
The national police museum will be considered a world-class experiential museum. There will be artifacts from law enforcement and dedicated spaces for education and research.
Visitors can be in a 911 Emergency Call Center to make a life or death decision, solve a crime in theÂ TargetÂ Forensics Lab, and look at a sheriffâ€™s writ back from 1703. Infamous crimes such as theÂ Lindbergh baby kidnapping caseÂ or Al Capone with so many other items like some even used in movies.
One of the main artifacts that will be on display is aÂ US Park Police helicopterÂ called Eagle One. This chopper was used in the law enforcement responseÂ to theÂ Air Florida Flight 90Â crash into theÂ 14th Street BridgeÂ that occurred on January 13th, 1982.
The museum will have a Hall of Remembrance for officers killed in the line of duty. Visitors will learn from 19,000 fallen heroes and their inspirational stories. The officers’ names will also be engraved on the Memorial. The official first recorded death was in 1792.
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