Former President Bill Clinton
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) presented the 2006 Distinguished Service Award to former President Bill Clinton for his leadership and support on behalf of the law enforcement community. The Distinguished Service Award, the NLEOMF’s highest honor, is given annually to an individual or organization that has made a lasting and exceptional contribution to the law enforcement profession.
President Clinton enacted a number of programs supporting the law enforcement community during his tenure. Among these initiatives are the signing of the public law to issue a commemorative silver dollar, which honored fallen officers and their families and raised $1.4 million to help maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial; and the signing of the public law to lower the American Flag to half-staff on May 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day, in honor of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. President Clinton was also honored for his successful efforts to significantly increase the number of law enforcement officers serving across the country, to improve law enforcement safety and to substantially reduce violent crime. One of President Clinton’s most meaningful contributions to date is his signature on the public law that established a National Law Enforcement Museum on federal land in the Nation’s Capital.
“This is our way of showing our immense gratitude toward President Clinton for his contributions to the law enforcement community and the NLEOMF,” said NLEOMF CEO Craig W. Floyd. “The programs he implemented during his tenure and the role he played in the creation of the National Law Enforcement Museum truly embody the spirit of this award. We look forward to a continuing partnership with President Clinton in the years ahead.”