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To Serve and Protect

By using media in a variety of ways, this interactive exhibit brings to life how law enforcement works, what officers do, and why it is important. With the push of a button, visitors can view one of three segments describing a specific event from the perspectives of law enforcement officers, victims, and bystanders. Real-life scenarios, such as the response from law enforcement to the 9/11 terror attacks, help tell the stories of real officers who relied on training, instinct, and courage to protect citizens. This exhibit also includes the Web of Law Enforcement, a large multi-touch screen experience which illustrates how the complex web of some 18,000 agencies must work together to solve crimes.

The History Beat

Centrally located in the Museum, this exhibit features several iconic law enforcement artifacts, including the desk of J. Edgar Hoover, the famous FBI Director. Each artifact helps tell a larger story about a particular aspect of American law enforcement history and its relevance today. By touching an image of an artifact, visitors can watch a corresponding video about the significance behind that artifact.

Take the Case

Do you have what it takes to be a detective? Try hand at investigating one of three authentic cases to see if you can solve the crime. Learn about the various forensic techniques that detectives use to solve crimes, including medical examination and gathering information from witnesses. Enter the interrogation room and watch an interrogation video shown through a mock two-way mirror.

Being an Officer

See what it’s like to walk in the shoes of an officer. Bomb Technicians, K9, SWAT, Corrections, Undercover or Surveillance officers, visitors will get the chance to experience the many exciting, and often dangerous, roles that law enforcement has to offer. Don’t miss our Day in the Life exhibit, which follows three officers on highways, county waterways, and city streets during a normal day’s patrol.

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