New National Law Enforcement Museum Breaks Ground Today

The museum, approved back in 2000, is slated to open in 2013

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    D.C.'s family of world-renowned museums will soon add another member. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will break ground Thursday for the National Law Enforcement Museum.

    The ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. in the 400 block of E Street NW adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial near the National Building Museum. The groundbreaking comes two years later than originally planned because of fundraising and design delays. It’s slated to open in 2013, 13 years after President Bill Clinton authorized its establishment.

    The museum’s goal is to honor the fallen and create understanding and appreciation. Visitors will be able to see Al Capone’s bullet-proof vest and Jack Bauer’s sweatshirt from TV’s “24.” Artifacts will also include about 4,000 items from longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

    According to its website, the mission of the National Law Enforcement is to tell the story of American law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education.

    The museum is a natural extension of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. It will be a place where people can honor, remember and learn about the hardworking heroes who keep us safe and provide the backbone of our democratic society.

    Take a virtual tour of the new museum below: