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

December | 2022

2022: A Year of Podcasting at the National Law Enforcement Museum

As the year comes to a close, many of us will begin looking back on 2022 to reflect on what we have accomplished as prepare for the year ahead. One aspect of our work at the National Law Enforcement Museum that is particularly exciting is our new podcast network Precinct 444. When the network launched in September of this year, planning had been under way since 2021. As the concept began to take shape across the year our team worked on the identity of the network and discussed what we could create from a perspective that was unique within the law enforcement and museum fields. What emerged was a selection of programs that showcased the depth of law enforcement history and contemporary issues.

Podcasting today is yesterday’s radio. Broadcasting to thousands of listeners at relatively no cost is an undeniable opportunity that we as an institution dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement needed to take advantage of. Over the last three years we have evolved with our audience to expand access so that everyone engaged in our museum would walk away knowing more about the officers in law enforcement and have a greater understanding of their commitment to keeping our communities safe. We adapted our public programs from being completely in-person to videoconferencing as the COVID-19 pandemic began to take root, which ultimately introduced us to an audience across the country that had not yet experienced the museum. Likewise, launching Precinct 444 has given us the chance to engage an audience juggling the demands of a hybrid work culture that makes watching a 90-minute Zoom-based panel discussion untenable. With podcasting we can now reach those daily commuters whether in their car or on the train, the multitasking worker bees, morning joggers, gym rats, and those of us who love falling asleep to our favorite program. We have a mission so important we must utilize every opportunity to spread the word about the life and experience of the law enforcement community.

In order to create a listening experience worthy of your attention, we constructed a recording studio within the museum that delivers a quality that makes each of our shows a professional and engaging program. We could not do this without the support of a highly capable staff who work tirelessly over each recording to ensure it meets our highest standard, “museum-quality”, and the listeners who have donated critical funding to support our effort.

To-date we air our programs through three primary series:

Encore is an engaging look back at past NLEOMF programs to find insight into historical and contemporary matters facing law enforcement.

Lifeline provides content with a holistic wellness approach focused on supporting American law enforcement. This programming is intended to make it safer for those who serve, keeping names of the Memorial walls, and to share best practices to promote overall resilience and survivability.

Law and Disorder is an insightful take on the true crime world, looking at notable historic cases that have left a lasting effect on law enforcement.

Each of these programs bring exciting episodes that range in length and interest whether it is in traffic safety, crisis intervention training, forensic science, true crime, and much more. After our initial launch in September, we have since released 26 episodes, and that is just the beginning. Stay tuned for a new 2023 season and a new series that will take the airwaves by storm.

Thanks for reading (and listening)!

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