National Law Enforcement Museum breaks ground

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The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund last week broke ground on the new National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington.

“Today marks a major milestone for this important institution,” NLEOMF Chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd said in a news release. “With this groundbreaking, we are taking a historic step in realizing our mission to tell the story of American law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education.”

Scheduled to open in late 2013, the 55,000-square-foot, mostly underground institution will be a world-class experiential Museum with high-tech interactive exhibitions. The Museum will include a vast collection of law enforcement artifacts and dedicated spaces for research and education.

One of the key artifacts to be displayed in the Museum, a U.S. Park Police helicopter, “Eagle One,” is the aircraft used in the law enforcement response to the Air Florida Flight 90 crash into the 14th Street Bridge on January 13, 1982.

“Law enforcement officers from across the nation have joined the Police Unity Tour to help bring the National Law Enforcement Museum to fruition,” Harry Phillips, the Executive Director of the Police Unity Tour, said in a news release. “The Museum will recognize all law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and it will chronicle the stories of officers who have served in an effort to help our citizens gain valuable insight into the work that we do.”

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