A Matter of Honor: The Campaign to Support the National Law Enforcement Museum

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., honors the more than 17,500 officers who have been killed in the line of duty. But the story of the entire community of over 800,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers has largely gone untold.  While the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial honors the officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, the National Law Enforcement Museum will tell the story of the brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way each day to serve and protect their fellow citizens. 

In 2000, Congress authorized Public Law 106-492, allowing the non-profit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to begin raising private funds to build the National Law Enforcement Museum. A Matter of Honor is the $80 million capital campaign launched by the NLEOMF to build the Museum. To date, over $23 million has been raised, including more than $8 million from 22 law enforcement organizations. The Museum will break ground in late 2007 and open in 2009 to an estimated half-a-million visitors per year. It will be one of the largest and most comprehensive law enforcement museums in the world. 

The Museum’s World Beat exhibition will focus on international law enforcement issues and will prominently feature the heroic efforts of the 72 officers who died in the Twin Towers terrorist attacks on 9/11 --the deadliest day in law enforcement history.  As visitors experience World Beat, they will discover that in order to keep Americans out of harm’s way, modern policing must address global terrorism and start beyond the borders of the United States. 

The Twin Towers Initiative, which honors the 72 police heroes killed September 11th, is helping to raise funds for the Museum.  One effort of the Twin Towers Initiative centers on a unique, five-foot tall, stainless steel statue of the World Trade Center Twin Towers that was donated by WMC, Inc.  This statue will be displayed at Twin Towers Initiative fund-raising events and will ultimately be displayed in an appropriate location within the Museum.

The stories of the 72 officers who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11 will also be told in the Museum’s Hall of Remembrance.  These heroes and other fallen officers from across the country will be honored in the Hall of Remembrance through reverent tributes from family, friends, and fellow officers.

Davis Buckley Architects –the firm that designed the Memorial—is also designing the Museum, and the firm of Christopher Chadbourne & Associates is designing the exhibitions.  The 90,000 square foot, underground Museum will include 25,000 square-feet of exhibition space featuring artifacts and information that illustrate law enforcement’s essential role in preserving American democracy.  Visitors will have the chance to “walk in an officer’s shoes,” learn how popular culture influences perceptions of policing from the “reel-to-real” exhibition, and examine how law enforcement history reflects American history, all through hands-on activities, interactive technology, and educational exhibitions.

Donations to the Museum

Your demonstrated support of America’s law enforcement officers is needed to help build the National Law Enforcement Museum! When making your donation, please indicate that it is in support of the Twin Towers Initiative.  Contributions will be tax deductible as allowed by law.  Please make your check out to: TTI / NLEOMF, 37331 Hidden Bay Dr, Selbyville, DE 19975. 

Thank you for your support and generosity.


Towers Initiative
37331 Hidden Bay Dr
Selbyville, DE 19975

Phone: 302-436-2461  -  Fax: 302-436-2461  -  E-mail: napsc@earthlink.net