In a driving rain, Boston Police Officer Thomas Griffiths; Attorney General Eric Holder; Craig W. Floyd, chairman of National Law Enforcement Museum Memorial Fund; Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) ceremonially shoveled dirt in an important step to make the museum a reality.
Officer Thomas Griffiths, brother of Boston police Detective Sherman C. Griffiths, who was killed during a drug raid in 1988, participated in the ceremony and was moved to see his brother’s name on the memorial wall.
The majority of the ceremony was moved into an ornate courtroom across the street from the future museum, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces because of the rain.
Quoting the Attorney General, “when the National Law Enforcement Museum opens in 2013, it will tell a story that no other museum does – of more than three centuries of law enforcement officers protecting their fellow citizens, advancing the cause of justice, and establishing a tradition of service that continues to keep us safe.”
A glimpse of the Attorney General amidst law enforcement officers attending the groundbreaking ceremony.
The Law Enforcement Officers Museum was authorized by Congress in 2000. To date organizers have raised $41 million toward the $80 million goal from private sources. Law enforcement groups have donated $13 million.
"With this new museum, recognition of a profession that has defined our nation’s history will help to guide America’s future, pointing the way toward the progress we must achieve. And I expect that here – at this spot where we break ground today – future generations of officers will be inspired."