The National Law Enforcement Museum has launched a committee dedicated to expanding our programs and exhibitions to provide our visitors with new and engaging experiences within the world of law enforcement and the communities they serve. Anyone with an interest in law enforcement and the Museum’s impact in the community as well as our success are invited to attend and participate in our meetings.
The Programs Committee will convene six sessions in 2020, not including a post session where the Museum’s staff will present the results of our sessions to the public. The committee’s meetings are designed to address a different topic area essential to the Museum. Each meeting will include a review from the previous meeting, a staff-led presentation on the topic area including what we’ve achieved to-date and our current capabilities, small group workshops, and reporting of the workshop results. The committee will contribute to all program areas within the Museum that will impact the visitor’s experience from lectures to school group experiences, simulator training, traveling exhibitions and what to collect and exhibit.
We anticipate that through this process will receive ideas and feedback from all corners of the world enabling us to create experiences that will provide more awareness for law enforcement culture and continue to build better relationships between officers and their communities improving public safety for all.
As a museum that represents law enforcement officers across the country, we understand the importance of diverse perspectives and opinions on the role law enforcement has had within our society and will have in the future and it is our duty to represent those perspectives through thoughtful and balanced programming. In order to fully achieve this result, we are taking several steps that will increase participation from stakeholders near and far.
First, we have formed a committee made up of law enforcement professionals, community members and museum board and staff who are all committed to the full year of participation. Secondly, the invitation to participate is open to the public. Finally, we have created this section of the website as a resource for those who cannot be here physically, but would like to have their voice heard in this process.
Everyone is invited to participate by submitting their ideas and concerns in the Programs form below. Those comments will be added to the minutes for the session that best aligns with their comment. On this site we will include session schedule, minutes and any supplemental material. Finally, when the 2020 sessions conclude, museum staff will deliver a presentation open to the public on the committee’s contributions to our future.
All meetings will take place at the National Law Enforcement Museum.
Workshops, Simulator, Tours
Police Week, Events and Conferences
Final Presentation, Public Comments and Reception
Capt. Sonia Pruitt – Programs Committee Co-Chair
Memorial Fund Board of Directors
Chairperson, National Black Police Association
Director of Community Engagement Division, Montgomery County PD
Executive Director, Police Unity Tour
Public Safety Strategic Relations, Target
Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland College Park
Criminal Justice, American University
Director of Youth and College Division, NAACP
Manager of Partner Engagement, DCPS
Sgt. Dan Helton
Community Engagement Division, Montgomery County PD
Thomas Canavan – Programs Committee Co-Chair
Executive Director of Programs and Exhibitions
Public Program Manager
Senior Director of Operations and Security
Director of Collections