Thursday, April 20, 2017

FieldTrip Zoom - Women in Law Enforcement

School Programs Manager Izzy Ortiz teaches students
at the Forensic Detectives Summer Camp about fingerprint patterns.

The National Law Enforcement Museum recently teamed up with FieldTrip Zoom, a company that hosts live broadcasts of educational programs to classrooms across the country. About 100 students from Virginia, Illinois, South Dakota, and Missouri, tuned into the museum’s interactive, 45-minute program on pioneering women in law enforcement, right from their classrooms. Students got to see artifacts in the museum’s collection dating back to the early 1900’s that related to the progress of women in law enforcement history and learned about how law enforcement policies have changed to include more women. The National Law Enforcement Museum will partner with FieldTrip Zoom again in April for DNA Week, and will host, “DNA and Investigations.”

For more information on FieldTrip Zoom programs please visit

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Puppy Love: Following a K-9 in Training

The National Law Enforcement Museum’s audio visual production team at Richard Lewis Media Group (RLMG) is hard at work filming much of the video that will be part of the museum’s exhibits. Sometimes that work involves getting to know an adorable puppy.

For the museum’s K-9 exhibit, RLMG has begun filming Wyatt, a Belgian Malinois, as he trains with the Boston (MA) Police Department. Filming began during Wyatt’s first training session when he was only 12 weeks old. Troy Caisey, head trainer for the BPD’s K-9 Unit, showed RLMG some of the “foundational” training exercises Wyatt is learning, including how to sit, stay, and pay attention. Over the next several months, RLMG will track Wyatt’s progress as he improves his concentration and basic skills. Hopefully, Wyatt will meet the requirements to move on to the core of his training – a 14-week patrol course.

Stay tuned to the Museum Insider for more updates on Wyatt’s progress in the coming months. To learn more about the job of K-9 officers, come visit the K-9 exhibit when the National Law Enforcement Museum opens in 2018.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Eagle One Comes Home

Restored Eagle One coming off of the truck at the Eagle’s Nest.
With construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum well underway, museum staff continue to prepare many of the artifacts that will be on display when the building opens to the public. This includes the U.S. Park Police Bell 206L-1 helicopter that was used to rescue people out of the icy Potomac River after the crash of Air Florida Flight 90 in January 1982. Now, fully restored to how it appeared on that day, Eagle One (c. 1982) has returned to its original home at the Eagle’s Nest, the U.S. Park Police Hangar, where it will remain until being installed in the National Law Enforcement Museum. U.S. Park Police officers were there for the arrival, and the museum is grateful for the temporary use of their space.

Stay tuned for details about a possible Witness to History program in late January 2017, near the 35th anniversary of the Air Florida crash, featuring the story of how this helicopter was used in that amazing rescue.
Eagle One fully restored.
Restored Eagle One (right foreground) next to current
Park Police Eagle One helicopter (left background).

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

25 Years of the Memorial

Painting "The Ellipse" by Davis A. Buckley, 1987.
An early idea for the location of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
It has been 25 years since the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was dedicated on October 15, 1991, and with construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum underway, it only seems right to look back on the Memorial, the work that went into building it, and the significance it continues to hold.

There were many things to consider in determining the location of the Memorial. It was to be in a prominent place, easily accessible for the public. It was also important that the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial not be linked or associated with any of the numerous military memorials around the nation’s capital, as it served a distinct purpose. Early on, Craig Floyd, the first Executive Director (and current President and CEO), consulted with Jan Scruggs, the President and Founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). Thanks to Mr. Scruggs, in many ways, the NLEOMF was able to follow the model of the VVMF in creating the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

When Davis Buckley, the architect hired by NLEOMF, drew up his first designs for the memorial, he used the site of the Ellipse – the area between the Washington Monument and the White House – for his plans. This site was rejected by the National Capital Memorial Commission at the time, which eventually led to the choice of the Memorial’s current location in Judiciary Square. This site received final approval by the National Capital Planning Commission and the D.C. City Council in March of 1989.

One unique element of the design is that it does not include a statue of a person. Instead, at the center of the memorial, is a bronze medallion with a shield and rose, surrounded by an ivy wreath. The shield incorporated the preference of many supporters who voiced that a badge should be featured in the memorial somewhere.

The inclusion of the lion statues was deemed right and appropriate by all parties involved. Created by sculptor Ray Kaskey, four groups of lions and cubs at the entry points to the Pathways of Remembrance along the memorial walls, symbolize the protective role of law enforcement. According to Kaskey, “The idea of lions representing the virtues that we are trying to call forth here is very old…Throughout history…lions have been used to represent not only power, but also courage, protection, alertness. All of these things we wanted to put across with the symbolic representation in the Memorial.” The lion cubs are meant to represent the survivors and families of fallen officers, as well as the innocence of the general public whom law enforcement are charged with protecting.

The trees and flowers in the landscaping are inviting year-round, and together are meant to represent the seasons of life, and cycles of birth and death.

It is clear that every element of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was carefully planned, and the feelings it evokes are no mere coincidence. Over the past 25 years this Memorial has truly served its purpose. It is a place to honor those who have died in the line of duty and for friends and family to remember lost loved ones. It is also an enjoyable, quiet space in the middle of the city for anyone who visits.

Information on the National Law Enforcement Memorial taken from The Making of a Memorial by Connie Clark.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Artifact Spotlight

Gun Belt and Holster Donated by Granddaughter of Fallen Officer


Jenny Cooper, granddaughter of James S. Mullins
Jenny Cooper, granddaughter of James S. Mullins,
holding his gun belt and holster.
Last month the National Law Enforcement Museum received a fascinating artifact from a law enforcement survivor whose grandfather was added to the Memorial wall in 2015. Jenny Cooper donated the belt and holster worn by her grandfather, Virginia State Prohibition Inspector James S. Mullins, when he was killed in the line of duty in Clintwood, Virginia.

On August 6, 1926, Inspector Mullins stood outside the Dickenson County, VA, courthouse discussing a warrant with colleagues E.J. Sutherland, the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Dickenson County, and Miles Sykes, the Justice of the Peace. According to official eyewitness testimony of both of these men, Inspector Mullins was approached and shot three times by Dickenson County Sheriff, Pridemore Fleming.
Prohibition Inspector James S. Mullins c. 1926
Prohibition Inspector James S. Mullins c. 1926
Mullins fumbled for his gun with his left hand (he had previously lost his right hand), and returned fire killing Fleming.  Mullins died of his own injuries two days later. Sheriff Fleming was known for violating prohibition laws, and he and Mullins had a history of not getting along. According to Sutherland’s testimony, Fleming seemed to be under the influence of alcohol during the shootout.

Ms. Cooper believes that the hole visible in Inspector Mullins’s holster is from one of the bullets that ultimately killed him.

Monday, April 11, 2016

4th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

The National Law Enforcement Museum is proud to be an Official Partner of the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival, to be held April 16-17, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

What is the universe made of? Why did dinosaurs go extinct? What do magic tricks and hip-hop have to with math? What will be the next medical breakthrough? What does baseball have to do with physics? Find out at the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo where more than 350,000 K-12 students and parents, over 5,000 teachers and over 3,000 STEM professionals will experience the largest celebration of STEM!

Participants include more than 1,000 of the world's leading professional scientific and engineering societies, universities, government agencies, high tech corporations and STEM outreach and community organizations.

The two-day Expo is perfect for teens, children and their families, and anyone with a curious mind who is looking for a weekend of fun and discovery. Meet science celebrities like Grammy Award-winning alternative music band "They Might Be Giants!" and  Bill Nye the Science Guy!

For more information visit

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Forensic Detectives

Tag members discuss fun activities.
The Teacher Advisory Group met in February to start work on our new summer camp. The Forensic Detectives is a weeklong camp for middle school students debuting this summer. The camp will introduce students to the messy and meticulous world of forensic science and will provide participants with a greater understanding of our criminal justice system and STEM related careers in law enforcement.

TAG brainstormed topics that would interest middle school students like fingerprinting, DNA, interrogating witnesses, impressions, and pathology. Over the afternoon, TAG played around with fieldtrips, science experiments, and law enforcement activities to create a fun-filled camp allowing students to explore how law enforcement connects to science and technology. TAG members were delighted by the summer camp’s potential to inspire children to pursue a career in law enforcement or STEM-related fields.

The Forensic Detectives is a summer camp that will be offered free of charge to 24 middle school students that attend a Title 1 school in the District of Columbia. Participants will be selected through an essay contest.

To learn more please visit:

The Forensic Detectives is made possible by Battelle.