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Washington, DC, (June 30, 2021)—The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum (NLEMM) is pleased to announce that Dermot Shea, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, will serve as Honorary Chair of the organization’s 9/11 exhibition.
Titled “Post-9/11: The Evolution of American Law Enforcement,” the exhibition is set to open August 27, 2021, in the Dupont Gallery of the National Law Enforcement Museum. It will examine the effects that the terror strikes have had on police forces and agencies in the fight to keep the United States safe over the last two decades.
“What the general public knows is that due to attacks on 9/11 and since then, law enforcement officers have sacrificed their lives and supported the survivors of fallen officers, but the story not everyone knows is how they have worked tirelessly to prevent further attacks on this country,” said Commissioner Shea. “This exhibition tells that story for the first time, 20 years later. It is my privilege to serve as the honorary chair to bring the law enforcement community together to remember our sacrifices and honor of our commitment to protect the citizens of the United States.”
Shea was appointed the 44th police commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio in December 2019. He previously served as the Chief of Detectives, the Chief of Crime Control Strategies, and the Deputy Commissioner of Operations. As Chair, Shea will deliver the keynote address at the exhibition’s opening reception providing further insight into the accomplishments of NYPD and law enforcement around the country following the attacks of 9/11. The honorary chair serves in a critical role that connects members of the law enforcement community to the exhibition in order to expand awareness of its educational value.
“We are elated and honored that Commissioner Shea would lend his time to help us promote this important exhibition focused on the deadliest day in American law enforcement history,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “This exhibition will not only honor those who gave their all that fateful day, it will show how law enforcement has met the challenge of a post-9/11 world, making incredible strides to protect us from harm.”
The 2,000 square-foot exhibit will house artifacts and display iconic images from all three crash sites. It is expected to be open to the public from August 27, 2021, through July 31, 2022.
About the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (LawMemorial.org) contains the names of 22,611 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The National Law Enforcement Museum (LawEnforcementMuseum.org) expands and enriches the relationship between law enforcement and the community by sharing true stories of service and sacrifice from across the nation. Through immersive, educational exhibitions and insightful programs, we preserve the history of law enforcement for generations to come.