About The Washington DC Metropolitan Police Memorial & Museum
The Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Memorial and Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is intended to honor the fallen heroes of the Metropolitan Police Department. We also are establishing a Metropolitan Police Museum to preserve their legacy and the rich and unique history of policing in the nation’s Capital.
Sadly, an average of one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 57 hours. Additionally, this is more than *21,000 U.S. law enforcement officers. Overall, they have made the ultimate sacrifice since 1791. (*As of 12/2018 see source)
A memorial fountain built in 1942 by the citizens and business community of Washington, D.C. exists currently. However, it is dilapidated. In order to appropriately honor the sacrifices of the men and women of the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C., who have been killed in the line of duty, an effort is well underway to build a more fitting memorial. The proposed site is in front of the historic headquarters of the Washington, D.C.Metropolitan Police Department. You can also see the memorial on Indiana Avenue. A museum of police history and artifacts will also be established.
Read the latest progress on the project
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Read about the history of the MPD Memorial Fountain.
In 2011, Retired Lieutenant Donald Blake put forth the idea that the memorial fountain in front of Police Headquarters built by the citizens and business community of Washington, D.C in 1942, be repaired and made into a better memorial. He was also motivated by not only creating a fitting memorial for those who had given their lives in the service of the city, but by the sad and uninviting condition of the memorial fountain as it was.
It was an eyesore that was only turned on once a year for a memorial ceremony. It would be filled with a product to turn the water blue to look more appealing. The location of the fountain is in front of the the Metropolitan Washington DC Police Department and near the pristine maintained National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall.
Don and his wife Terry felt strongly that our pathetic and crumbling memorial was an embarrassment. They also thought something needed to be done. After a few bumps, a memorial project committee was formed. However, not without careful guidance and advice from Tom Gallagher. He also has experience in project management. After identifying the appropriate stake holders, a board was also established with the blessing of the Metropolitan Washington DC Police Department (MPD).
That board continues, has secured a site, and is also currently underway raising donations for the project.
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We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization intended to honor the fallen heroes of the Metropolitan Police Department. Additionally, we aim to establish a Metropolitan Police Museum to preserve their legacy and also the rich and unique history of policing in the nation’s Capital. Help us make this vision a reality by lending your support with a tax-deductible donation.