It has taken 18 years, but the National Law Enforcement Museum is set to open to the public with a celebration on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, with a grand opening held a few days earlier on Oct. 11.
The museum will be located directly across the street from the National Law Enforcement Memorial on 4th and E streets in Northwest.
The 57,000-square-foot museum, with three stories underground, has more than 21,000 artifacts from every era of American Law enforcement.
“We start off with a ‘walk in the shoes experience,’” said David Brant, executive director for the museum, who has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience.
Visitors go through immersive and interactive exhibits to experience what it would be like to be a real law enforcement officer.
“Visitors will be able to learn some fascinating elements of when law enforcement first was recognized as a critical factor for our country,” Brant said.
A major mission of the museum is dedicated to strengthening and enriching the relationship between law enforcement and the public. He said the museum offers a robust line up of community and educational programs for visitors of all ages.
The programs are designed to educate, inform and to invite dialogue. He said one of the primary objectives is to bring citizens together in a forum where they can learn through the artifacts, interactive exhibits and programs, which then will allow for constructive dialogue.