We’re now officially just three months away from opening the Museum and I could not be more excited. While many of you are enjoying summer vacation, our office is anything but quiet. Everyone here is busily working on making our October Grand Opening Celebration and our immersive new Museum a memorable experience. We are still working out details on many events and activities, but I can tell you that it’s one celebration you won’t want to miss.
I’m also really excited to share information about the launch of the Affinity Project . Last month I mentioned that we’d partnered with the Illumination Project of Charleston, SC to form the Affinity Project as a way to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. We held our pilot workshops on June 22 and 23 here in Washington, DC. The Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department, along with citizens and community leaders from Prince George’s County took part. I participated in the two-day workshop, and can tell you that I was truly impressed. One participant was so motivated by the workshop that she planned to use some of the communication tools to help create better relationships within her own family — in addition to using the tools within her community!
The candor and thoughtfulness with which both citizens and law enforcement spoke was quite insightful and everyone walked away with a greater understanding and appreciation for each other’s concerns. But it doesn’t stop there. After some take-away exercises to do back at home, these groups will get back together to schedule some actions that can be implemented to continue to strengthen these relationships within the county. The end goal is a common one — to live and work in safer communities. Everyone agreed that a key step to achieving that goal is better communication. I look forward to telling you more about the Affinity Project as we move forward, but I can tell you that it’s one program that already makes me very proud.
David L. Brant
National Law Enforcement Museum
Category: Message from the Executive Director