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Memorial Rose & Shield | Museum Insider eNewsletter

Your monthly access to news, opportunities, and events at the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum.

In this issue:

  • Behind the scenes of the largest US independent forensic lab, Scientific Justice: Solving Crimes in “The People’s Lab”
  • Reduce officer injuries and fatalities, Destination Zero Conference
  • Women in law enforcement, Breaking the Blue Ceiling
  • Brave, split-second action, September Officer of Month
  • Current year-to-date statistics, Monthly Officer Fatality Report
  • K-12 Science and History, Virtual Museum classes
  • Collector’s item: The 2020 Holiday Ornament
  • Share your ideas, National Bulletin Board

Scientific Justice: Solving Crimes in “The People’s Lab” - Nov. 4 at 2pm (EST)

Scientific Justice

When a crime is committed, evidence is left behind. Meet the scientists who take the evidence from the 27 different DC law enforcement agencies and work to get a conviction. This special virtual panel event will detail the practice of many different kinds of forensic scientists who work for the DC Department of Forensic Science and show off the marvel that is our country's largest independent forensic lab. Join panelists Jenifer Smith, Director, Wayne E. Arendse, Forensic Science Laboratory Director, and Christopher LoJacono, Crime Scene Sciences Director.


Destination Zero Conference Will Save Officer Lives

Policing exposes officers to many dangers

Learn how agencies have reduced line-of-duty injuries and deaths at the 2020 Destination Zero Virtual Conference on Nov. 10, 2020.

This event will feature prominent keynote speakers, two live panel discussions, the 2020 National Officer Safety and Wellness awards ceremony, and sessions featuring past Destination Zero national award winners and finalists. These virtual officer safety and wellness workshops are designed to assist agencies with beginning or enhancing their local initiatives to keep officers safe, mentally and physically healthy, and emotionally resilient.



Breaking the Blue Ceiling — Dec. 9 at 2pm (EST)

Breaking the Blue Ceiling

Engage with a high-profile panel of women and men in law enforcement to discuss the challenges of the recruitment of female officers, and the unique experiences that women face in their roles to serve and protect.



Congratulations to September 2020 Officer of Month

Officer Erika Urrea

Officer Erika Urrea of the Lodi (CA) Police Department has been named September 2020 Officer of the Month for her heroic efforts in rescuing a person stuck on train tracks. On August 12, as Officer Urrea approached a railroad crossing, she encountered a man in a wheelchair trapped on the tracks. With the oncoming train quickly approaching, Officer Urrea jumped to action, pulling the man from danger. The dramatic rescue is captured on her body camera.



Officer Fatality Update YTD

YTD Fatalities

As of November 2, 2020, total officer fatalities are up 27% comparing January 1 through November 2, 2019, vs. January 1 through November 2, 2020.

NOTE: Agencies are encouraged to submit all the paperwork for line-of-duty deaths promptly after the fatality to allow adequate time for processing to be considered for inclusion on the 2021 engraving on the Memorial.




Virtual K-12 Classes from the National Law Enforcement Museum

Coin Tester

Virtual classes are available for K-12 students that are based on compelling forensics and history. Students can enjoy live demonstrations, close-ups with Museum artifacts, live-chat, interactive polling, and more. Topics offered include: Forensic Pathology, Women in Law Enforcement, Law Enforcement on September 11, 2001, Changes in Law Enforcement Technology, DNA & Investigations, Law Enforcement & American History, among others.

We can make virtual learning easier for teachers and fun for students!



Celebrate the Holidays with Snowflake Ornament

Fatality Update

Decorating for the season can warm your home during the coming cold winter months. Add this beautiful metal ornament to your home and celebrate the season and your support of law enforcement! This also makes a great gift for your law enforcement family and friends.



Keep Sharing Ideas for Community and Law Enforcement Relations

Destination Zero Nominations

We continue to seek programs that are making positive impacts in your community, as well as new ideas you have for initiatives that will bring together law enforcement and the communities they serve. We regularly collect and share these ideas with law enforcement, government leaders, civic leaders, and the general public. Add your ideas to our bulletin board, and we will rebuild this relationship together.


Support Law Enforcement

The Museum

Memorial and Museum Administrative Offices

Administrative offices for the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum are located in the National Law Enforcement Museum at 444 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.

The Memorial

The Memorial

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial honors fallen peace officers by permanently recording and commemorating their service and sacrifice.

Search for a fallen officer

Search for a Fallen Officer

A place to honor officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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