Exhibits of the National Law Enforcement Museum: Officers’ Stories



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The Officers’ Stories listening kiosks are pictured to the right. Tools of the Trade is on the back of this freestanding exhibit.

Exhibits of the National Law Enforcement Museum: Officers' Stories

The exhibits of the National Law Enforcement Museum seek to build mutual respect and foster cooperation between law enforcement and the public. One of the most effective ways to communicate the experiences of those who serve is to hear the stories that officers tell, in their own words. In Officers’ Stories, a visitor might hear an officer share what might have been the worst night of his career or the funniest thing that happened to her on the job or a story of that life-affirming moment when he or she realized why becoming an officer of the law is so important.

In this exhibit, visitors can take a seat and choose among several stories they may wish to hear.  Drawn from historic and contemporary accounts, these brief but insightful stories provide an expanded view into the enormous variety and types of law enforcement that exist in the U.S. About 50 accounts will be included, with actors speaking the written words from historic sources, and the contemporary accounts being told by the officers in their own words. 

Nearby is a large artifact case containing Tools of the Trade, an eye-catching selection of the tools and equipment that officers use in their daily work. The objects will include both modern and historic examples to show some of the advances in police equipment technology that have occurred over the decades. Tools of the Trade will also provide some hands-on interaction, giving visitors a chance to try on a duty belt or get inside a squad car. There is nothing quite like the experience of being able to sit in the driver’s seat of a real squad car, listening to radio chatter and maybe even turning on the emergency lights, to bring visitors one step closer to understanding what it is like to be a law enforcement officer.

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