National Law Enforcement Museum to Display Artifacts, First Responder Perspectives from September 11 Terrorist Attacks

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Visitors to the Museum will see artifacts from Ground Zero and hear first-hand accounts
from law enforcement officers who responded to the attacks

WASHINGTON – The National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building — the nation’s only museum dedicated to exploring nearly every facet of American law enforcement — announced today as part of its Museum, visitors will get a glimpse of what law enforcement officers experienced responding to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in two compelling exhibits, History Time Capsules and To Serve and Protect.

As one of eight of the Museum’s History Time Capsules that demonstrates how law enforcement has changed over time – the 9/11 time capsule is an exciting artifact collection that will feature objects from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. These objects convey the trauma of the event and provide an avenue for discussing the significant changes to American law enforcement as a result of these attacks.

  • Some of the artifacts of the exhibit include:
  • Fragments from one of the planes and World Trade Center Buildings
  • A NYPD patrol car door
  • Actual Port Authority safety helmet and flashlight from officers who responded to the call
  • A firearm found melted inside a locked safe inside the World Trade Center

As part of the Museum’s To Serve and Protect exhibit – which uses multi-media to explain the basics of how law enforcement works, what officers do, and why it is important – visitors will watch a powerful video and hear just a few of the stories of law enforcement officers who responded to the attack sites at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania who worked to rescue victims and began to investigate the scenes.

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 took the lives of 72 law enforcement officers (71 at the World Trade Center and 1) Since then, an additional 142 officers (54 officers over the last year) have died due to illnesses related to rescue and recovery efforts. The number of law enforcement deaths continues to rise each year due to long-term illnesses developed related to the terrorist attacks.

“September 11, 2001 remains one of the darkest days in American history and is the deadliest day in the history of American Law Enforcement,” said David Brant, Executive Director of the National Law Enforcement Museum. “By featuring the law enforcement story of September 11 in the History Time Capsule and To Serve and Protect exhibits, we hope to honor the valiant actions taken by our nation’s law enforcement officers on that terrible day and give visitors a perspective on the impact that day had on law enforcement across the country.”

The National Law Enforcement Museum opens to the public on Saturday, October 13, 2018 — following a dedication on Thursday, October 11. The Museum is located at Judiciary Square across from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and is dedicated to expanding and enriching the relationship shared by law enforcement and the community through educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, insightful programs and community partnerships.

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About the National Law Enforcement Museum
Authorized by Congress in the year 2000, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Foundation Solutions Building will be a mostly underground institution located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC’s Judiciary Square. The Museum tells the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience along with educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a [501(c)(3)] organization established in 1984. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit

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Steve Groeninger – National Law Enforcement Museum
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