Marking our milestones to date
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- HJ Sims joins Motorola, Glock®, Target®, Mag Instrument, Inc. and others in helping to bring the National Law Enforcement Museum to a reality. As a municipal bond underwriter, Sims will provide financing for the construction of the Museum through the offering of municipal bonds to institutional and retail clients.
- Building construction and exhibit design documents completed.
- National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund applies for 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 construction to move forward.
- Phase II of Museum construction: Progress continues as Museum reaches 85% completion in finalizing exhibit design and building construction documents.
- In Phase II of construction, Museum hits 50% completion in finalizing exhibit design and building construction documents.
First Phase of construction was completed in November 2011—building the underground infrastructure and relocating utilities to serve the Museum and neighboring buildings.
- GLOCK, Inc. contributes $2 million gift to the Museum to develop an educational and interactive exhibition called The History Beat.
- Museum construction personnel began moving underground utilities and running water—the first construction steps.
- Groundbreaking for the National Law Enforcement Museum takes place at its future site in Washington, DC.
- Museum announces acquisition of J. Edgar Hoover collection, naming of J. Edgar Hoover Research Center.
- Cross Match Technologies announces support for the Museum's education program by supplying deluxe child identification kits.
- Special Museum Groundbreaking Challenge Coin is issued, with proceeds from its sale going to support the Museum.
- Memorial Fund announces groundbreaking date for the Museum: October 14, 2010.
- Fraternal Order of Police, Jacksonville Lodge 5-30 pledges $100,000 to the Museum campaign.
- 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.
- 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.
- National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Board of Directors approves new timeline and cost-saving measures to keep the Museum project on track.
- Florida Fraternal Order of Police donates $100,000 to Museum campaign.
- Additional artifacts from 9/11 World Trade Center site are acquired.
- Museum receives final approval from National Capital Planning Commission.
- California Correctional Peace Officers Association pledges $1 million to the Museum.
- 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.
- Target announces sponsorship of Museum's forensics lab.
- U.S. Commission of Fine Arts gives final design approval to the Museum.
- 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.
- New Museum website is launched at www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org.
- Eli Lilly and Company donates $100,000 to the Museum.
- 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.
- Design and Production (D&P) of Lorton, VA, selected to build the Museum's exhibits.
- Panasonic announces $1 million donation to the Museum.
- 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.
- 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.
- U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) unanimously approves preliminary designs for the Museum.
- NASCAR's Jeff Gordon drives in support of the Museum during the race at Richmond International Raceway.
- National Capital Planning Commission approves concept design for the Museum.
- 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.
- Advanced Interactive Systems announces $1.2 million contribution to support the use-of-force judgment simulator within the Museum.
- DuPont announces its commitment to provide a multi-faceted package of products, services, and financial support for the Museum to include the DuPont Gallery.
- Police Unity Tour marks its 10th Anniversary with a $5 million pledge to the Museum, the largest to date.
- Mag Instrument announces $1 million donation to the Museum.
- Motorola announces $3 million donation to the Museum, to include the 911 Emergency Ops exhibit.
- Davis Buckley Architects and Planners, designers of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, formally selected to serve as architects for the Museum.
- Christopher Chadbourne & Associates formally selected to serve as the Museum's exhibition designer.
- 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.