Volunteer with the National Law Enforcement Memorial and the Museum

At the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum, we look forward to bringing the realities of law enforcement to visitors from around the globe with the help of our resident volunteer program. From forward-facing roles that lead tours and teach workshops, to behind-the-scenes roles such as data entry and classroom preparation, we have many opportunities for those looking to join our exciting team. Read below for how you can help!

Our Application Process

All those interested in volunteering with us must complete and submit a volunteer application. Once received, all applications will be reviewed by our Manager of Volunteer Services, who will contact you for a Zoom Interview. Upon approval, a background check will be completed before admission into the program.

Interesting in becoming a Volunteer?

When you are ready to apply to be a volunteer, click the button below to start your application.

Volunteer Opportunities

Museum Guides

The National Law Enforcement Museum offers daily highlights tours lead by our resident Museum Guides. All hailing from law-enforcement backgrounds, our Guides share their own personal stories from their working experiences alongside highlights from our collection. These skilled volunteers offer unparalleled insight into the stories of American law enforcement, crafting a one-of-a-kind experience in our nation’s capital.
Commitment:
Volunteers must be able to commit to at least one year of service to the museum, with a minimum requirement of 12 shifts a year.
Training:
Attendance to an 8-week training process is mandatory for all Museum Guides. During training, volunteers are introduced to the Museum’s collection, policies, and staff structure while also learning skills to engage with our visitors.

We recruit two classes of incoming volunteers per year, the first in Winter/Spring and the second in the Fall. Below are our upcoming application due dates for the next class of Museum Guides:

  • Winter/Spring 2022: Applications due February 21st, 2022.
  • Fall 2022: To Be Announced

Program Facilitators

Facilitators will share our educational workshops to visitors onsite and online. The Museum offers six different educational workshops (three onsite, three online) that bring law enforcement to life by considering the skills, critical thinking, and tools needed for forensic studies, crime-scene investigation, personal freedoms and rights, and even scavenger hunts using historic crimes. Additionally, Facilitators will offer “snapshots” of these workshops to general admission audiences, giving them a sneak peek into the deeper educational experiences available.

Commitment:
Volunteers must be able to commit to at least one year of service to the museum, with a minimum requirement of 12 shifts a year.
Training:
Attendance to an 8-week training process is mandatory for all Program Facilitators. During training, volunteers are introduced to the Museum’s educational programs, policies, and staff structure while also learning skills to engage with our visitors.

We recruit two classes of incoming volunteers per year, the first in Winter/Spring and the second in the Fall. Below are our upcoming application due dates for the next class of Museum Guides:

  • Winter/Spring 2022: Applications due February 21st, 2022.
  • Fall 2022: To Be Announced

Event Volunteers

Event Volunteers assist with annual events organized on behalf of the Museum, including National Police Week and the Run for the Badge 5K, as well as other special events held throughout the year. Responsibilities may include visitor check-ins, ticket and retail sales, event set up and clean up.

We welcome applications for these volunteer opportunities on a rolling basis.

Behind-the-Scene Volunteers

We also have a few behind-the-scenes roles available for volunteers. Volunteers interested in behind-the-scenes roles are accepted on a rolling basis. These needs change throughout the year, but examples can be found below:

Behind The Scenes Roles
  • Curatorial: Help with the collection and cataloging of Museum artifacts, with object-handling, digital photography (DSLR camera), and data entry.
  • Education: Volunteer educators assist with classroom preparations, provide workshop assistance, program set ups, and help with special projects.
  • Development: The museum depends on membership support and development to help make its fundraising goals throughout the year. Volunteers assist with meeting these goals and cultivating relationships with potential supporters. An understanding of museum fundraising and the law enforcement profession, while not necessary, may be helpful.

Volunteer Signup Form

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please complete the application below. Make sure to click the submit button at the bottom of the form when you are completed. If you have any questions throughout this process, please send an email to: volunteer@nleomf.org
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Our Manager of Volunteer Services will reach contact you upon review of your application. We thank you for your interest and patience.