Exhibits of the National Law Enforcement Museum: Being an Officer


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Day in the Life: Designer’s rendering of the 40” flatscreen monitors and a portion of “Day in the Life” in the Being an Officer exhibit area.

Exhibits of the National Law Enforcement Museum: Being an Officer

Immersive settings, computer interactive stations and artifacts combine along the north wall of the Museum to become Being an Officer, a gallery teaching about the wide diversity of contemporary law enforcement officers’ experiences.  A prominent visual feature of this exhibit is a string of 40” flatscreen monitors that form an irregular strip along the wall above the exhibits. These monitors will feature compelling action scenes from varied real-life law enforcement activities.

The heart of Being an Officer is called “A Day in the Life,” which follows three patrol officers through a single twelve hour shift. These officers patrol very different locales and have very different experiences: one patrols the streets of San Francisco, another is a trooper from the Minnesota State Patrol, and the third is a ranger with the National Park Service on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi.  Many hours of video footage of each officer is available for visitors to watch, and a touch screen interface will indicate segments that might be of particular interest.

Another activity, the Judgment Simulator, focuses on the decision-making aspects of law enforcement and the high level of training required of all officers. As visitors experience the Judgment Simulator, they will learn that training to be an effective law enforcement officer requires physical conditioning, as well as rigorous training to make decisions—some split-second, life-or-death and some more mundane, but all important to the community. The simulator is a facilitated, scenario-based activity that will become a very important educational tool as visitors learn more about being an officer of the law.

Other engaging exhibits highlighting K-9, SWAT, Undercover, Surveillance, and Bomb Squad units describe some of the experiences of specialized officers. The unique experiences of corrections officers are told in a series of small exhibits housed behind cell doors from an historic correctional facility lining a portion of the gallery walls.

The breadth of contemporary experience found in Being an Officer is sure to be an engaging and thought-provoking experience for those interested in what it is like to serve as a law enforcement officer.

Next month: Spotlight on Officers' Stories


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