Washington, DC celebrated the opening of the all new National Law Enforcement Museum over the weekend, showcasing approximately 800 items from every era of American law enforcement.
Located in Judiciary Square just blocks from the National Mall and numerous famed DC landmarks, The National Law Enforcement Museum tells the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors with a “walk in the shoes” experience via exhibits that feature real life stories.
Exhibits include Take the Case, which invites visitors to use law enforcement techniques to help solve simulated criminal cases and 911 Emergency Ops, featuring scripted incoming 911 calls where the visitor plays dispatcher to prompt first responders to intercede.
Similarly, an exhibition called To Serve and Protect describes real-life events, such as the law enforcement response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, telling the stories of officers who relied on training, instinct, and courage to protect citizens. This exhibit also includes the Web of Law Enforcement, a large multi-touch screen interactive experience which illustrates how the complex web of some 18,000 agencies work together to solve crimes.
“Over the last decade, the National Law Enforcement Museum has worked with dozens of law enforcement experts, historians, academics and community leaders to develop the core of the Museum’s exhibitions and programming to ensure an accurate, unbiased portrayal of American law enforcement,” said David L. Brant, Museum executive director.
“We have built a Museum that encourages everyone to learn about, share and even debate every facet of the profession. This Museum is not just about the men and women of law enforcement, but about the citizens and communities they serve as well.”
Admission to the New National Law Enforcement Museum is $21.95US for adults, $14.95US for children 6-11 years and $19.95US for seniors. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum visit www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org
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