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Director’s Corner: The Latest Museum Progress Update

Big news this month: We applied for our building permits from the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and other regulatory agencies. These permits acknowledge approval of all the Museum’s building documents and allow us to begin construction. 

Here’s how the process works. The National Law Enforcement Museum itself was approved by Congress in 2000, but the physical building must undergo some additional approvals, which may take as long as six months. As soon as the building project is approved and we receive the necessary permits, Clark Construction Group will begin construction of the Museum building as designed by Davis Buckley Architects and Planners.

Museum staff has been working tirelessly on the Museum’s core exhibitions with our contracted exhibit design firm, Design & Production Incorporated. I’m thrilled to report that exhibit design and development are now 85 percent completed: This means that the exhibits are fully designed on paper. The exhibit team continues to work out details of exhibit elements, materials, interactive components, and artifact selections in preparation for a 100-percent-complete plan by the end of this year.

The recently announced $15 million contribution from Motorola Solutions, Inc. and the Motorola Solutions Foundation brings us closer than ever to closing our building campaign.

We thank Motorola Solutions for its longstanding and generous support. And we thank all of you, who support the Museum in myriad ways—whether by donating funds, artifacts, your time, or simply keeping up-to-date with our progress. Your continued support is valuable and appreciated. Thank you.

Check out a couple Museum features as they appear in the current 85-percent-complete plan:

Take the Case Photo-op is an element that was recently added into the plan. It provides a place for visitors to stop and take a fun photo of themselves in a “Wanted” poster!

The Officers’ Stories elevation shows what this exhibit piece will look like as it buoys the 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck operated by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Officer Mike Neal during a 2010 parking lot shootout in West Memphis, Arkansas—bullet holes and all.