NEWSROOM

News Releases

Two Million Dollar Gift from GLOCK, Inc. to Fund the History Beat Exhibit at the National Law Enforcement Museum

October 12, 2011

Washington, DC — The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund announced at the Memorial’s 20th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday evening that it has received a $2 million gift from GLOCK, Inc. to develop an educational and interactive exhibition called The History Beat at the National Law Enforcement Museum, currently under construction in Washington, DC.

"We are thrilled to support the Museum and give back to the Law Enforcement community who give so much to protect our safety," said GLOCK Vice President, Gary Fletcher.

The state-of-the-art institution is to be located in the Judiciary Square neighborhood, adjacent to the existing National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Scheduled to open in late 2013, the National Law Enforcement Museum will be the world’s most comprehensive museum focusing on law enforcement.

"This generous gift from GLOCK, Inc. will fund the design and development of The History Beat, an innovative and captivating exhibit space designed to educate individuals of all ages on the major milestones in law enforcement history," said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman & CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “We are excited about this partnership and extend our gratitude to GLOCK, Inc. for its continued support of law enforcement and the National Law Enforcement Museum.”

About The History Beat:

  • The elegant and inviting pavilion structure welcomes visitors. After noticing the Model A Ford that is clearly visible within, visitors will be immediately drawn to the captivating artifacts glowing inside cases set into the back wall. Every historic object has a connection and relevance to law enforcement's rich history, from its colonial roots to modern day practices. The objects found in The History Beat will be selected from the Museum’s collection, and each will be used to make that direct connection between the past and the present.

  • Six iconic artifacts highlight issues that have continuing relevance to American law enforcement and American society, such as an antique police car to illustrate the impact of transportation on law enforcement.

  • After selecting an object, visitors will watch an AV program that looks at the full meaning of the object — starting with the basic facts of its creation and use, but then moving on to make connections between it and the larger theme in law enforcement history.

"GLOCK, Inc. is extremely proud of our long history of supporting the individuals and families of those that go in harm's way. GLOCK continues to provide over 65% of Law Enforcement agencies in the United States with the confidence to know that when they draw their weapon it is ready to be fired," said Mr. Fletcher.

- # # # -

About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 19,298 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming.

To schedule an interview with Memorial Fund Chairman Craig W. Floyd, contact Steve Groeninger, sgroeninger@nleomf.org.

About GLOCK, Inc.
GLOCK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of pistols and accessories. GLOCK's superior engineering has produced a pistol with only 34 parts and a rugged polymer-frame, providing industry-leading reliability shot after shot. GLOCK is renowned for its pistols which are safe, featuring three safeties; simple, offering a low number of components to provide reliability; and fast, with no encumbering parts to slow the speed to fire. This combination makes GLOCK pistols the first choice among consumers and law enforcement, with 65% of agencies nationwide choosing to carry GLOCK. Austrian-engineered, the company has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Austria. Based in Smyrna, Ga., GLOCK, Inc. is an advocate for our nation's law enforcement and military personnel, as well as all citizens' Second Amendment right to bear arms. For more information, please visit www.teamglock.com.

About the National Law Enforcement Museum
Authorized by Congress in the year 2000, the 55,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum will be a mostly underground museum located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC's Judiciary Square. The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, collections, research and education. Museum construction has commenced with a projected opening in late 2013. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a private non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization established in 1984 and dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org.

Steve Groeninger
steve@nleomf.org | (202) 737-7135