A Long Overdue Honor of a Fallen Officer from 1874

On October 4, 2021, Robert Fleet joined the list of fallen officers of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department and was honored at the 42nd Annual Washington Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service.  The service was held at the Washington Area Law...

Faith & Confidence Statue Donation Gift

The DC Police Memorial is excited to offer its newest donation thank you gift – a beautiful, bronze statue based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo, “Faith & Confidence” by photographer William Beall.  The officer in the photo is Maurice...

The Sting Operation and its DC Police Origins

Anyone who is familiar with law enforcement knows about Sting Operations – coordinated, deceptive campaigns to catch a person or persons committing a crime.  Such operations are commonly used all over the world today, but had their origin in the 1970s under the...

Passing of Shirley Gibson – DC Police Memorial Friend

It is with GREAT sadness we report the passing of Mrs. Shirley Gibson, a constant and unyielding supporter of the Washington, DC Police Memorial and Museum. Shirley is the mother of Master Patrol Officer Brian Gibson, who was killed in the line of duty in 1997. It was...

The Police Badge – Origins and Meaning

The police badge is a symbol of authority, respect, integrity, and trust. Learn more about the police badge origins and meaning. Origin of the Police Badge The first idea of a badge was created long before modern law enforcement. The badge eventually became an...

30th Anniversary of the Mt. Pleasant Riots

Mt. Pleasant Riots in 1991 On a warm evening on May 5, 1991, two Fourth District officers approached a small group of men drinking in public in a small park on Mt. Pleasant Street, in Northwest D.C. The Mt. Pleasant Riots in 1991 were one of the biggest in DC history....