National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum

  • Last Updated: Jun 20, 2008 4:15 am

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, at Judiciary Square (between 4th and 5th Streets NW and D and F Streets, NW) in Washington, DC., honors fallen law enforcement officers. The memorial was established by an Act of Congress in 1984, and dedicated on October 15, 1991. Designed by architect Davis Buckley, the memorial features a reflecting pool which is surrounded by walkways on a 3 acre park. Along the walkways are walls that are inscribed with names of all American law enforcement officers — federal, state, and local — who have died in the line of duty. One entrance of the Judiciary Square metro station is on the memorial site. A visitor center is nearby at 605 E Street Northwest. Public Law 104-329 (October 20, 1996) created a memorial maintenance fund, managed by the United States Secretary of the Interior and funded by the sale of commemorative coins and donations.
In 2000, Congress approved legislation authorizing the construction of a National Law Enforcement Museum (PL 106-492) to honor the over 17,500 officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. The bill, signed into law by President Bill Clinton on November 9, 2000, authorized the planning for the museum and the adjacent research library. The museum will be built immediately across from the memorial. When the National Law Enforcement Museum opens here in 2011, New York's Finest, and some of the NYPD's most notorious, will greet visitors. The city - especially its Police Department - will be a prominent part of the future museum's narrative of American policing, planners say. "You've got hundreds of years of service and sacrifice.
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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial with the names of 17,500 officers killed in the line of duty since the first recorded death in 1792.

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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial showing lioness guarding her cubs and the wall with the names of 17,500 officers killed in the line of duty since the first recorded death in 1792.

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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial showing lioness guarding her cubs and the wall with the names of 17,500 officers killed in the line of duty since the first recorded death in 1792.

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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial showing lioness guarding her cubs and the wall with the names of 17,500 officers killed in the line of duty since the first recorded death in 1792.

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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial showing lioness guarding her cubs and the wall with the names of 17,500 officers killed in the line of duty since the first recorded death in 1792.

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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial reflecting pool, with the National Building Museum in the background.

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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial reflecting pool, with the National Building Museum in the background.

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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial reflecting pool, with the National Building Museum in the background.

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13 May 2008, National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the start of the observance of National Police Week.
National Police Week is a time to remember the men and woman in law enforcement who serve and protect every day.
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National Police Week was first recognized in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed it in to public law. It wasn’t until 1982 that the first National Police Officers Memorial Service was held in Washington, D.C. Since that time, officers from around the country travel to the nation’s capital for the event that remembers and honors those who died in the line of duty.
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National Police Week is observed annually during the week in which May 15 falls and communities honor the men and women who serve in law enforcement — protecting lives and property and making the communities safer places in which to live.