Marking our milestones to date

April 2016

  • Construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum began in Washington, DC across the street from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Excavation of the site is estimated to take six months.

January 2016

  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund successfully secured the necessary tax-exempt bond financing, underwritten by HJ Sims, to build the National Law Enforcement Museum to tell the story of American law enforcement. Museum construction will commence in February, with an opening expected in mid-2018.

November 2014

  • Building permits from the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and other regulatory agencies have been approved. These permits acknowledge approval of all the Museum’s building documents and prepare us to begin construction. Now that we have permits, the Museum team is working on closing financing, which will then allow us to apply for final funding approval from National Park Service (NPS). As soon as we receive final NPS approval, the building project is approved and Clark Construction Group will begin construction of the Museum building.

August 2013

December 2012

  • Building construction and exhibit design documents completed.

November 2012

October 2012
July 2012
  • In Phase II of construction, Museum hits 50% completion in finalizing exhibit design and building construction documents.
November 2011
  • First Phase of construction was completed in November 2011—building the underground infrastructure and relocating utilities to serve the Museum and neighboring buildings.

October 2011

January 3, 2011 
  • Museum construction personnel began moving underground utilities and running water—the first construction steps.
October 14, 2010 
  • Groundbreaking for the National Law Enforcement Museum takes place at its future site in Washington, DC.
July 2010 
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December 2009
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Jacksonville Lodge 5-30 pledges $100,000 to the Museum campaign.
October 2009
  • The second annual "Race to Remember 5K," organized by the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC, attracts hundreds of runners and raises thousands of dollars for the Museum campaign.
May 2009
  • Verizon Foundation awards $1.5 million grant to support Museum education programs.
  • Police Unity Tour delivers the last installment on its $5 million pledge in support of the Museum's Hall of Remembrance.
February 2009
  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Board of Directors approves new timeline and cost-saving measures to keep the Museum project on track.
December 2008
  • Florida Fraternal Order of Police donates $100,000 to Museum campaign.
November 2008
  • Additional artifacts from 9/11 World Trade Center site are acquired.
September 2008
  • Museum receives final approval from National Capital Planning Commission.
August 2008
  • California Correctional Peace Officers Association pledges $1 million to the Museum.
July 2008
  • Anthony Amerson, son of Sheriff Lucius Amerson, elected in 1965 as the first African-American sheriff in the South following Reconstruction, donates his father's robust collection of artifacts to the Museum.
  • Bell Helicopter donates chopper to the Museum.
June 2008
  • Target announces sponsorship of Museum's forensics lab.
May 2008
  • U.S. Commission of Fine Arts gives final design approval to the Museum.
April 2008
  • U.S. Department of Justice rules state and local law enforcement agencies may use some of their asset forfeiture funds to support the Museum. Several police and sheriffs' departments take advantage of this ruling and donate asset forfeiture funds to the Museum.
March 2008 January 2008
  • Eli Lilly and Company donates $100,000 to the Museum.
December 2007
  • National Capital Planning Commission approves preliminary design and site plans for the Museum.
  • U.S. Congress approves $750,000 in federal funding to assist with the relocation of utility lines at the Museum site.
November 2007
  • Design and Production (D&P) of Lorton, VA, selected to build the Museum's exhibits.
  • Panasonic announces $1 million donation to the Museum.
August 2007
  • Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI names the Museum to be the official repository for a series of Oral History Transcripts from top special agents of the FBI.
July 2007
  • District of Columbia approves the issuance of $80 million of tax-exempt industrial revenue bonds for construction of the Museum.
  • Clark Construction is selected to provide pre-construction and construction services for the Museum.
June 2007
  • U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) unanimously approves preliminary designs for the Museum.
May 2007
  • NASCAR's Jeff Gordon drives in support of the Museum during the race at Richmond International Raceway.
April 2007
  • National Capital Planning Commission approves concept design for the Museum.
February 2007
  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund formally unveils plans for the Museum.
  • Public phase of the "A Matter of Honor" fundraising campaign is launched.
  • Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush become chairs of the National Honorary Campaign Committee.
December 2006
  • Advanced Interactive Systems announces $1.2 million contribution to support the use-of-force judgment simulator within the Museum.
June 2006
  • DuPont announces its commitment to provide a multi-faceted package of products, services, and financial support for the Museum to include the DuPont Gallery.
May 2006
  • Police Unity Tour marks its 10th Anniversary with a $5 million pledge to the Museum, the largest to date.
December 2005
  • Mag Instrument announces $1 million donation to the Museum.
May 2004
  • Motorola announces $3 million donation to the Museum, to include the 911 Emergency Ops exhibit.
December 2002
  • Davis Buckley Architects and Planners, designers of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, formally selected to serve as architects for the Museum.
May 2001
  • Christopher Chadbourne & Associates formally selected to serve as the Museum's exhibition designer.
November 2000
  • Legislation authorizing the National Law Enforcement Museum to be built on federal land in the nation's capital is passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.