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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Issues Bonds to Build a Museum and Create a National Center for Law Enforcement
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has announced that it is releasing nearly $100 million worth of high-yield, non-rated, tax-exempt bonds to build the only national museum dedicated to telling the story of law enforcement in America.
The congressionally-authorized museum will complement the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and will complete the development of a National Center for Law Enforcement that will highlight and archive law enforcement achievements and history. More importantly, the center will provide a unifying place to strengthen the ties between law enforcement and the communities they serve through knowledge, compassion and dialogue.
Above Image from Museum Investment Summary Fact Sheet
Most Americans know the sacrifices that law enforcement officers make in order to serve and protect. However, recent events have redefined the relationship between law enforcement and citizens and have created tension and divide, leaving some citizens questioning and criticizing the role of law enforcement. It has never been more important to bring law enforcement and the community together to join forces and tackle the tougher issues of our time. A national platform and national center provide a place where law enforcement and citizens can connect, discuss and inform.
For more than 30 years, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has served as a bridge between law enforcement and citizens. The organization has been dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers. It is the only national law enforcement organization devoted to engaging the public by holding forums on “use of force,” panel discussions detailing seminal moments in law enforcement history and other important topics.
To effectively fulfill its vision, the Fund has created three important priorities: the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, the soon-to-be-built National Law Enforcement Museum, and educational programming consisting of officer safety and wellness initiatives, as well as programming and events for the general public. Once open, the museum will serve as a platform to fortify ties between the community and law enforcement. Ultimately, it will become an important place to improve the lines of communication between those who protect and those who are protected— making our country safer for all.
The museum will be built in Judiciary Square in Washington, DC, and adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which contains 20,538 names of fallen officers. New names are added to the walls of the Memorial each year and thousands of mourners attend a candlelight vigil to honor them.
“The museum is a critical component in making this location in Washington, DC, a national center where our fallen heroes can be honored and visitors to the nation’s capital can learn about American law enforcement and the many brave men and women who work to keep us safe,” stated Craig Floyd, chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “More importantly, this national law enforcement center will provide a platform and location for law enforcement officials, the public, elected officials and the media to interact and hold educational forums and dialogue on all law enforcement issues of the day,” Floyd explained.
Established in 1935 and privately owned, HJ Sims is serving as the underwriter for the District of Columbia Revenue Bonds, Series 2015, for the National Center for Law Enforcement. The firm is known for their expertise in managing, underwriting and distributing tax-exempt bonds. “One of the advantages of purchasing bonds for the National Center for Law Enforcement is that, in addition to the opportunity to generate income over the life of the bond, investors have the opportunity to recognize the sacrifices that members of the law enforcement community make each day to protect our local communities,” explained Aaron Rulnick, Managing Principal with HJ Sims Rulnick.
For more information on the bonds, visit SupportTheLine.com (watch the video at top of page, then scroll down for more info.
For more information on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, visit www.nleomf.org.
- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (NLEOMF, 7/9/15)