Thomas Canavan
Executive Director, National Law Enforcement Museum
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

September | 2022

The World Around Us and Those Who Keep It Safe

Visiting the National Law Enforcement Museum is an experience unlike any other. I might be biased as its executive director, but I have also spent countless hours visiting museums throughout Washington D.C. and across the world beginning at an early age and, in my experience, there is no other institution that combines incredible guest service with immersive experiences and a historical journey that aims to make the world around us safer.

Safety is paramount to living a healthy, productive, and successful life. Without it we can’t play at our playgrounds, walk to the grocery store, shop at the mall, learn in our schools, celebrate birthdays, weddings, or attend funerals. The people responsible for our safety have dedicated their lives to ensuring we can have these memorable experiences that ultimately become the history of our lives. What about the history of their lives?

As a society we learn secondhand from news and media outlets and the numerous television and films centered on law enforcement. We use this information to make determinations about the role of law enforcement in our communities with little knowledge of the history and evolution of this critical field. The solution is a place built by the primary source. A place where everyone is welcome to learn and experience the world of law enforcement from the earliest days through the last 400 years from the perspective of those who lived in the past and the officers that continue to serve today.

The National Law Enforcement Museum is your primary source, where you will learn firsthand how the United States remains a country where those pursuing the American Dream are secure, where we always strive to improve, and where we honor those who chose a career dedicated to our safety. From the moment you walk in the door to your exit, our museum experience will forever change your understanding of the law enforcement community and their commitment to keeping the world around us safe.

See you there!

All the best,
Thomas Canavan
Executive Director, National Law Enforcement Museum
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund