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Dallas Heroes

The events in Dallas provide a tragic opportunity for introspection and compassion. It is a time for us all to think more deeply about the difficult job of law enforcement and to thank the 900,000 officers who patrol our streets for their dedicated service. To truly honor their service let us, as Abraham Lincoln once urged, “take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.”

To Serve and Protect

Read a Statement from Memorial Fund President Craig W. Floyd



History's Blotter: July 26, 1957

July 26, 1957 | Dragnet and Police Procedurals

"There are over 5000 men in this city who know that being a policeman is an endless, glamourless, thankless job that’s got to be done. I know it, too, and I’m damn glad to be one of them."

—Sgt. Joe Friday, Dragnet

It was the end of an era—Dragnet, the series that perfected the by-the-book police procedural was ending its radio show after an eight year run. The show's trademark “just the facts” format remains a popular formula that is reused again and again.

Let's travel back to July 26, 1957 to learn about a moment in law enforcement history.



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Museum Oral History | Jana Monroe

Jana Monroe had a nearly twenty-five year career in local and federal law enforcement. In her oral history interview with the National Law Enforcement Museum, she spoke about her early law enforcement career in California and what it was like to join the Federal Bureau of Investigations in the 1990s. As a special agent, Monroe was a member of the FBI’s prestigious Behavioral Science Unit, popularized by the television show Criminal Minds, and later served as the Assistant Director of the FBI’s new Cyber Division.

View Jana Monroe's Oral History.



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Submit Your Caption!

Caption Contest is Back!

The Museum’s collection includes photographs that reveal law enforcement history—from national milestones to no-frills everyday routines. Some of Museum staff’s favorites are those mysterious photos that border on bizarre, posing the question, what is going on in this picture?

Help us come up with the most clever caption for this photo.

Check out the archive to see all the winning photos and captions so far.


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