Smyrna, GA – GLOCK, Inc. gave a $2 million gift to The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund during the organization’s 20th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The gift was given to the Memorial Fund to assist in the development of an educational and interactive exhibition called The History Beat at the National Law Enforcement Museum, which is currently under construction in Washington, DC.
“Mr. Glock, and the entire GLOCK family is thrilled to support the Museum and give back to the Law Enforcement community that gives so much to protect our safety,” said GLOCK Vice President, Gary Fletcher.
The state-of-the-art institution will be located in the Judiciary Square neighborhood, adjacent to the existing National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Scheduled to open in late 2013, the National Law Enforcement Museum will be the world’s most comprehensive museum focusing on law enforcement.
“This generous gift from GLOCK, Inc. will fund the design and development of The History Beat, an innovative and captivating exhibit space designed to educate individuals of all ages on the major milestones in law enforcement history,” said Craig W. Floyd, chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “We are excited about this partnership and extend our gratitude to GLOCK, Inc. for its continued support of law enforcement and the National Law Enforcement Museum.”
About The History Beat:
The elegant and inviting pavilion structure welcomes visitors. After noticing the Model A Ford that is clearly visible within, visitors will be immediately drawn to the captivating artifacts glowing inside cases set into the back wall. Each historic object has a connection and relevance to law enforcement’s rich history, from its colonial roots to modern day practices. The objects found in The History Beat will be selected from the Museum’s collection, and each will be used to make the direct connection between the past and the present.
Six iconic artifacts highlight issues that have relevance to American law enforcement and American society, such as an antique police car to illustrate the impact of transportation on law enforcement.
After selecting an object, visitors will watch a program that explains the full meaning of the object – starting with its creation and use, and then moving on to connections between the object and the larger theme in law enforcement history.
“GLOCK is extremely proud of our long history of supporting the individuals and families of those that go in harm’s way. GLOCK continues to provide over 65% of Law Enforcement agencies in the United States with the confidence to know that when they draw their weapon it is ready to be fired,” said Mr. Fletcher.
About GLOCK, Inc.
GLOCK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of pistols and accessories. GLOCK’s superior engineering has produced a pistol with only 34 parts and a rugged polymer-frame, providing industry-leading reliability shot after shot. GLOCK is renowned for its pistols which are safe, featuring three safeties; simple, offering a low number of components to provide reliability; and fast, with no encumbering parts to slow the speed to fire. This combination makes GLOCK pistols the first choice among consumers and law enforcement, with 65% of agencies nationwide choosing to carry GLOCK. Austrian-engineered, the company has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Austria. Based in Smyrna, Ga., GLOCK, Inc. is an advocate for our nation’s law enforcement and military personnel, as well as all citizens’ Second Amendment right to bear arms. For more information, please visit www.teamglock.com.
About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 19,298 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of law enforcement in America through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.
About the National Law Enforcement Museum
Authorized by Congress in the year 2000, the 55,000square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum will be mostly underground and located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC’s Judiciary Square. The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, collections, research and education. Museum construction has commenced with a projected opening in late 2013. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a private non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization established in 1984 and dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org.