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Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell Receives Distinguished Service Award

May 20, 2004

Washington, DC — U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) received the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's Distinguished Service Award on May 13 at the 16th Annual Memorial Candlelight Vigil. The award recognizes Senator Campbell's crucial role in crafting the legislation to build the National Law Enforcement Museum, as well as his career-long commitment to ensuring our nation's law enforcement officers get the respect and honor they deserve. More than 20,000 law enforcement officers, survivors of the fallen, and citizen supporters attended the Vigil.

"During his distinguished congressional career, including 12 years in the Senate and six years in the House, America's law enforcement officers had no stronger advocate," said NLEOMF Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Craig W. Floyd. "As a former deputy sheriff, Senator Campbell fully understands the importance of a national museum in honoring and recording law enforcement's vital contributions to our nation."

Accepting the award, Senator Campbell reflected: "Clearly, the courage and sacrifice displayed by our law enforcement officers is having a profound and positive effect on our society. Establishing this museum is the least we can do to honor them and ensure that their stories of heroism and sacrifice are never forgotten." Senator Campbell was joined by U.S. Representative Joel Hefley (R-CO) in spearheading the legislative drive.

Senator Campbell's career has been marked by a demonstrated commitment to the safety and security of law enforcement officers. In addition to crafting legislation in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum, he introduced the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2003 (S.253), co-authored the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Act, and annually introduces a resolution designating May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Scheduled to open in 2011, the 90,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum in the nation's capital will be the largest and most comprehensive museum in the world dedicated to law enforcement. The Museum will be filled with hands-on activities, state-of-the-art interactive technology, and rotating educational exhibits that will explore the past, present and future of law enforcement in America. More than 500,000 visitors from around the world are expected yearly.

In addition to the exhibits, the Museum will offer a forum for important discussions on current and emerging trends in law enforcement and serve as a research repository for law enforcement safety.

In November 2000, Congress passed and the President signed a law authorizing a national law enforcement museum to be built on federal property across from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Judiciary Square.

"It has been said that the Memorial we've built to honor our fallen officers tells the end of the story; now, we must build the National Law Enforcement Museum to tell the rest of the story-a story of incredible service and sacrifice throughout our nation's history," added Mr. Floyd.

Previous Distinguished Service Award winners include President George H.W. Bush, former U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell, former U.S. Representative Mario Biaggi, and former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.

Learn more about the NLEOMF Distinguished Service Award.  

Contact: Kevin Morison
202-737-7134 - kevin@nleomf.org