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February 2010: eNewsletter

Killed Because They Were Cops

It was a crime that shocked the country: four Lakewood (WA) Police officers shot by a lone gunman as they sat in a coffee shop the Sunday morning after Thanksgiving, planning their upcoming shift. It would be the last of five multiple-fatality shootings of officers nationwide during 2009.

Remembering Fallen Heroes

Tragically, these types of ambush assassinations of U.S. law enforcement officers occur far too often. In fact, research records kept by the Memorial Fund reveal that more than 1,600 law enforcement officers have been ambushed and killed by cold-blooded assassins throughout our nation’s history. Read more about some of these horrific incidents and the heroes whose lives were cut short in Craig Floyd’s recent “In the Line of Duty” column.

Virginia License Plates Raise $38,000
for the Memorial
Virginia License Plate Raises $38,000 for Memorial

Throughout history, nearly 440 Virginia law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty. To help honor these heroes, the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute worked with the Virginia General Assembly several years ago to authorize a special Heroes License Plate that vehicle owners in the Commonwealth can purchase. Part of the proceeds of every Heroes plate sold goes to the Memorial Fund to support our work of honoring and remembering these fallen officers.

Earlier this month, Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Executive Director John Jones reported that the program raised $38,310 for the NLEOMF over the past year. That represents an 18 percent increase over the previous year’s figure and brings the total proceeds from Virginia’s license plate program to approximately $100,000. Thank you to everyone in Virginia who has supported this effort and proudly displays the Rose & Shield on their plates. Learn more about Memorial license plate programs in Virginia and other states.

Museum’s 9-11 Artifacts Undergo Cleaning—
Object Integrity Preserved
Partially incinerated handgun
Handgun. 2007.49.1. Gift of Special
Agent Dan Min, U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development.
Collection of the NLEM

A partially incinerated handgun. An officer’s badge. A shattered piece of one of the airplanes that slammed into the World Trade Center. These are among the objects from September 11, 2001, that have been acquired by the National Law Enforcement Museum.

To ensure the artifacts were free of asbestos, the Museum contracted with BrightFields, Inc., a Delaware environmental services firm. Working with Washington-based art conservator Catherine Magee, BrightFields sampled and then cleaned the objects to make them safe for human contact while preserving their integrity. “It was an incredibly moving experience, not only to have seen and held these objects, but also to have played a part in making them available to a larger audience,” said Matt Jones, the BrightFields project manager who conducted the sampling. Read more and see photos.

Last Chance to Win a Free Trip to
National Police Week
Will Always Remember

There are just a few days left to take part in our first-ever “Will Always Remember” photo tribute contest – and win a free trip to National Police Week 2010 in the process. Step-by-step instructions for taking and submitting your photos in honor of our fallen heroes can be found at

Photos will be accepted through midnight on Sunday, February 28; voting will take place throughout the month of March. The entry receiving the most votes wins a grand prize that includes one round-trip coach air fare to Washington, DC, and lodging for two nights during National Police Week 2010, plus VIP seating at the Candlelight Vigil. Get complete contest rules and enter before Sunday’s deadline.

Footnote: National Police Week is May 9-15, and the schedule of events continues to take shape. Get updated information on our National Police Week website.

Join Us at GovSec/U.S. Law Conference 2010

The Memorial Fund is proud to be a Cooperating Organization for this year’s GovSec/U.S. Law Conference and Exposition, which takes place March 23-24, 2010, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, DC.

GovSec/U.S. Law is designed to help law enforcement professionals at all levels better anticipate, plan, prevent and respond to domestic and international terrorism, accidental and natural disasters, as well as attacks on critical infrastructure. The Memorial Fund will be exhibiting at GovSec/U.S Law. Please stop by Booth #318 for updated information about the Memorial, National Police Week 2010, officer safety issues and plans for the National Law Enforcement Museum. Register today using Priority Code NW1S38.


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NLEOMF Administrative Offices Moving

The Memorial Fund’s administrative offices are moving. Effective March 22, our new mailing address will be 901 E Street, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20004 – just a few blocks due west of the Memorial. Our main phone (202-737-3400) and fax (202-737-3405) numbers remain the same, as do individual staff phone numbers. The Memorial Fund’s Visitors Center & Store will continue to operate at 400 7th Street, NW.

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