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

June | 2022

A Bright Future, with Compliments

Throughout my time leading the National Law Enforcement Museum, I have had the distinct privilege of working alongside law enforcement officers who, following impeccable careers in law enforcement, have committed their time and expertise to providing the museum professionals of this institution with support, insight, and grace. As a layperson, it is essential to the success of this Museum to create space for the law enforcement community to inform our team on the ways stories of law enforcement are told at the National Law Enforcement Museum. I want to extend my sincere appreciation for your friendship and support. Many thanks.

Since reopening the National Law Enforcement Museum on August 27, 2021, after 18 months of being shuttered due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have experienced some of the biggest moments in the short history of our institution. Reopening the museum in and of itself was one of the more challenging and rewarding moments of my career, and I suspect the same goes for members of my team. It was particularly meaningful, as we were also launching our first major exhibition, Post-9/11: The Evolution of American Law Enforcement, in conjunction with the reopening.

One of the many significant reasons this exhibition is important to the history of our institution is that it defines how we will continue to tell the story of American Law Enforcement, with reverence and dignity. Within the exhibition we tell the story of how law enforcement innovated to keep our communities safe after the events of 9/11, and the ingenuity of officers who protected us from threats using their lessons learned from 9/11. Post-9/11 is a lasting tribute to the work of our officers today and those who lost their lives on 9/11 and since then due to health-related illnesses. May their sacrifice and service never be forgotten.

Since reopening, our team hasn’t slowed down. The Museum has been busier than ever hosting law enforcement officers and their families and visitors from around the world. We are grateful for all of the support and feedback from our guests, and will continue striving to make the National Law Enforcement Museum a place for everyone to visit and experience the story of American Law Enforcement.

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