Groundbreaking will take place October 14 for the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C., which is scheduled to open in late 2013. The museum will be built on federal land across from the existing National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in the capital’s Judiciary Square. The Natonal Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is leading the effort to build the museum.
The 55,000-square-foot, mostly underground facility will include high-tech interactive exhibitions, a collection of law enforcement artifacts, and dedicated spaces for research and education. Visitor will be able to assume the role of a police dispatcher in the Motorola 911 Emergency Call Center, make split-second, life-or-death decisions posed by a use-of-force judgment simulator, and solve crimes in a forensics lab. Other major exhibitions will focus on the history of law enforcement, corrections, tools of the trade, and a look at a day in the life of an officer. The “Reel to Real” exhibit will give visitors the opportunity to compare real-life law enforcement with depictions in the movies and on television. In the Hall of Remembrance, visitors will learn the stories of the nearly 19,000 fallen heroes whose names are inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.