Updates

The Museum is Open!

October 13, 2018

The Museum is Open!

In the heart of downtown, Washington, DC, the exciting new National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building is now open. This immersive new Museum offers visitors a one-of-a-kind, “walk in the shoes” experience of what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer.

Visitors from all walks of life will get the chance to discover the many facets of American law enforcement through educational interactive exhibits and workshops that delve into everything from the meticulous and messy world of forensics and DNA analysis to how law enforcement is portrayed in pop culture.

They’ll hear real-life, first-hand accounts of what it’s like to be an officer in our Officers’ Stories exhibit, perhaps take part in an officer Training Simulator or determine what it’s like to make split-second, life-altering decisions in a 9-1-1 Emergency Ops simulation.

The Museum features a world-class collection of more than 20,000 artifacts that depicts American law enforcement, historic events and pop culture. Each object helps illustrate the important role American Law Enforcement plays in society, as well as its invaluable contribution to American history. With a mission of helping strengthen the relationship between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, the Museum also offers a host of educational and community programs for visitors of all ages.

Our Museum Building is Taking Shape!

April 19, 2018

Museum construction continues to speed towards completion. With the installation of the Museum’s two glass pavilions, the exterior of the building is complete. Work now centers on the building’s interior. The elevators are running, and the HVAC system is operational. Finish work has started on the interior walls including both paint and stone. The terrazzo flooring is being poured on the mezzanine floor and the restrooms are nearing completion.

Building a Foundation for Generations

August 29, 2017

It’s about to become a reality—construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building is well underway in the nation’s capital. The foundation and retaining walls of the Museum are now in place. Most of the concrete has been poured, and the building is now back to ground level. When the exterior of the building is completed by the end of this year, work will follow on the interior. This Museum has been a dream for many years for many in the law enforcement community and is about to take its place among the nation’s iconic museums, monuments and memorials, scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. Watch the construction progress in real time on our home page.

By bringing real stories of those who serve in law enforcement to life, the Museum’s Stand With Honor campaign continues to be a crucial element of the Museum. These stories of heroism and courage are important in providing visitors with a better understanding of law enforcement and underscore these public servants’ passion and empathy. Dozens of the stories that will be included in the Museum have already been submitted, and we encourage you to view them in the hopes that they will inspire you to share your own story.

Make sure your voice and your story are included in this tribute to law enforcement by joining the Museum’s Honor Alliance. The Museum and the stories within will teach visitors about the law enforcement profession and demonstrate what it’s like to walk in the shoes of the men and women who serve through immersive exhibits and interactive experiences.

With the foundation of the Museum in place, we’re closer than ever to sharing these stories with the public and providing a space for law enforcement and community to come together. Please help us in our mission to collectively tell the stories of American law enforcement and honor the profession. The National Law Enforcement Museum is more than just a building, it’s a legacy and foundation for generations to come. Your participation is important.

A Gift That Honors Those Who Serve

July 10, 2017

An exciting new museum is under construction in Washington, DC. In November 2000, Congress and President Bill Clinton authorized the building of the National Law Enforcement Museum on federal land. The Museum held its ceremonial groundbreaking in October 2010, which was followed by 13 months of underground infrastructure work that took place while the Museum worked to secure construction financing. In April 2016, construction began at the Museum site at Judiciary Square and across from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, the nation’s monument dedicated to peace officers killed in the line of duty. The National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. (more…)

Police Week: A Time to Reflect & Honor

May 10, 2017

Thousands of law enforcement officers and their families from around the country will come to our nation’s capital beginning on May 12 for the start of the 55th annual Police Week, to honor the memory of more than 20,000 brave men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. (more…)

Welcome

February 22, 2017

This May, as we have done every year since 1991, thousands will gather for a Candlelight Vigil in Washington, DC, to pay our respects, stand together, and honor the memory of our fallen brothers and sisters. At the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, we honor those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and we will deepen our commitment to ensuring that they are never forgotten.

Preserving their memory is just one piece of our work, and I, along with you, your families, and loved ones, work each day towards an awesome goal: to never have to add another name on the walls of the Memorial. To accomplish this goal, we must work together with the public: educate citizens about our role in ensuring a safe and just society, and help them understand the challenges and risks we face each day. The National Law Enforcement Museum will provide a space to begin this conversation and bring us closer to realizing our vision.

We know this Museum is long overdue. Since Congress authorized planning and construction in November 2000, many of us have worked tirelessly to see that it is built and accurately reflects the past, present, and future of law enforcement. We’ve made great progress, but we need your help to make it a reality.

I want you to be a part of this Museum: a place we can honor our fellow officers, educate citizens, and tell our stories in the most genuine way possible. In more than 200 years, there has never been one place to call our own. Until now.

We have launched Stand With Honor, a campaign to rally the law enforcement community in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum. You and your family have invested time by serving. Now it’s time to invest in your legacy. That’s why I’m asking you to join me and Stand With Honor — be a part of this monumental achievement in history.

Thank you.

Pat Montuore
Chief of Law Enforcement Relations


ABOUT CHIEF PAT MONTUORE

Pat is a retired police chief from New Jersey and founder of the Police Unity Tour. Founded in 1997, the Police Unity Tour serves as a memorial bike ride from New Jersey to Washington, DC, organized to build public awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. In addition to raising awareness, the ride also raises funds that support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the National Law Enforcement Museum. What started in 1997 as 18 riders who raised $18,000, has now exploded to 2,200 participants who most recently raised $2.5M. Pat spends his retirement tirelessly educating the public about law enforcement and championing the National Law Enforcement Museum.