Mission Statement: The mission of the National Law Enforcement Museum is to tell the story of American law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education. The Museum dynamically engages the broadest possible audience in this story in an effort to build mutual respect and foster cooperation between the public and the law enforcement profession. By doing so, the Museum contributes to a safer society and serves to uphold the democratic ideals of the U.S. Constitution.
Museum Progress Update
Museum staff is fully engaged and working well into Phase II of our construction schedule, which involves planning, drafting and finalizing exhibit design and building construction documents.
Design and construction documents have reached the 25 percent review stage and will quickly hit 50 percent as we move toward completing our plans and beginning Phase III—building the core and shell of what will become the National Law Enforcement Museum.
|Floor plan of Museum’s ticketing level. New café and store are on the left.
|Click to view larger floor plan.
Along the way food service was added back into our plans with a café to be located on Level I with the ticketing desks and the Museum store. The café will allow us to better serve visitors during their stay. Some square footage was added to our store and significant efforts were made to improve the traffic flow into and around that area.
Both the store and café will be accessible to the public without an admission ticket. This will allow easier access to our retail operations and provide visitors a sneak peek into the Museum itself, exposing them to the exhibit hall below on Level II and whetting their appetite for a subsequent visit.
We have also been working to assure that the Museum will be as green and energy efficient as possible and have completed the initial rounds of our review for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
New Content Developer Joins Staff
Last month Museum staff and the executive leadership of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund completed a day-long review of exhibit plans with our exhibit designers and audio visual producers. We are now prepared to move forward on the development of those crucial components. To help us do so, I am pleased to announce that Rebecca Looney has joined our staff as Content Developer.
Rebecca comes to us from the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, Wis., where she was the Curator of History and Interim Director. Prior to that, she worked at Christopher Chadbourne Associates as Senior Exhibit Developer/Project Manager, developing the concept, content and design of the initial iterations of our Museum. Although new to our staff, Rebecca has an intimate knowledge of the Museum’s history and plans. Her other projects included the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center at Mount Vernon (Va.), the National Infantry Museum (Columbus, Ga.), the Cradle of Aviation Museum (Garden City, Ny.) and the Long Island Museum of Art, History and Carriages.
The Museum fundraising campaign is ongoing. In terms of development, we’d like to thank once again our great partners at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. In this, the sixth annual raffle to benefit the Museum, Harley-Davidson donated a 2012 Ultra-Classic® Electra Glide® Peace Officers Special Edition motorcycle.
|Don and Debra Hadix, winners of a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Four thousand raffle tickets were printed, and the raffle completely sold out for the first time, helping to raise over $102,000 for the Museum campaign. The combined total of raffle proceeds plus the value of the motorcycles donated bring Harley’s contribution to the Museum campaign to nearly $500,000.
Don Hadix from Johnstown, Pa., purchased the winning ticket. His good family friend is a fallen officer whose name is inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, so he thought of the $25 raffle ticket as a donation to the Memorial Fund. As you can imagine, he was absolutely thrilled and surprised to be the winner.
Our thanks to Harley-Davidson, Don and everyone else who participated in this year’s raffle. Your generous support is what makes this project possible.