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    National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to Build New Museum
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    WASHINGTON - MAY 15: Memphis, Tennessee, Police Officer Nick Koonce makes a pencil rubbing from the memorial wall at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial May 15, 2009 in Washington, DC. Koonce made a rubbing of the name of Officer John Sykes, Jr., who was killed in the line of duty in 1982. Koonce did not know Sykes but said "It was his story I took to my heart every day when I was on the street." Thousands of law enforcement officers from around the country and around the world came to Washington for the 21st annual National Police Week, a convention organized by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nick Koonce

    The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), authorized in 2000 by Congress and then U.S. President Bill Clinton, announced days ago that it has successfully secured tax-exempt bond financing to build the first national museum designed to tell the story of American law enforcement.

    The Law Enforcement Museum will be built in the historic Judiciary Square in Washington, D.C., adjacent to the existing National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial completed in 1991.

    It is slated to house the most comprehensive collection of law enforcement artifacts and contain hands-on interactive exhibitions, state of the art audio/visual educational programming, and serve as a research center that is hoped to serve as an important bridge between law enforcement’s past, present, and future law enforcers.

    Now that the funding and the required building permits from the D.C. Department of Consumer/Regulatory Affairs and other regulatory agencies have been approved, Clark Construction Group is expected to begin Museum construction sometime later this month, with an opening expected in mid-2018.

    The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, established in 1984, is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and to make it safer for those who serve.

    The Memorial Fund also maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., dedicated in October 1991, which is the nation's monument to over 20,500 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history dating back to 1791.

    Since the museum will be built on land owned by the Federal government, the $103,130,000Series 2016 Revenue Bonds are not secured by a mortgage, but instead are backed by the pledge of multiple revenue sources from the operations of NLEOMF, including revenue expected to be generated by the future museum.

    In addition, they have also set a goal of raising an additional $25 million over the next several years to help sustain the museum's operating and maintenance costs.

    For more information on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, or the National Law Enforcement Museum, see: http://www.nleomf.org/

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