The Fraternal Order of Police, Baltimore City Lodge #3 is the newest major donor to the National Law Enforcement Museum. FOP Lodge President Robert Cherry and Vice President Gene Ryan made the commitment at the Museum’s Groundbreaking Gala on October 14, 2010 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.
The Baltimore City FOP Lodge’s pledge marks the forty-seventh law enforcement organization to donate $100,000 or more to the Museum, the tenth FOP Lodge to donate $100,000 or more to the Museum and the 80th Lodge to donate to the campaign. 80 Fraternal Order of Police Lodges nationwide have collectively donated over $1,248,000 to the campaign.
Authorized by Congress, the planned National Law Enforcement Museum will be a 55,000-square-foot, mostly underground museum located across the street from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC’s Judiciary Square. The Memorial contains the names of 18,983 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history.
The Museum will serve as a natural complement to the Memorial, helping citizens better understand and appreciate the vital role that law enforcement officers play in keeping communities safe from crime and terror. It will tell the story of law enforcement in America through high-tech, interactive exhibits, including a use-of-force judgment simulator, historical and contemporary artifacts, oral histories and extensive research and educational programming for young people and adults.
The privately funded Museum has launched an $80 million capital campaign, with over $41 million raised to date, with strong support from the law enforcement community.