Early on Saturday morning, the memorial plaza is mostly empty and quiet with warming sunshine and evening's moisture still in the air. Concrete engraved with the names of LEOs line the park, headed by what I assume is a water fountain, though no water run through while I was there. With bronze lions lining the courtyard, dressed for the holidays, it was a quiet way to honor our nation's law enforcers, a nice compliment to the National Law Enforcement Museum across the street.
Located beneath one of the court buildings north of the US Capitol and accessible across from the Law Enforcement Memorial, the museum highlights the history and evolution of US law enforcement. I started with a movie discussing the move nationwide of police departments from statistical enforcement (success measured by number of arrests, etc.) to neighborhood involvement and crime prevention. It was a good movie and a hopeful step forward by law enforcement merely to catch and punish people and to start revitalizing communities. Other exhibits went into a memorial for lost officers, the bravery and evolution of search and rescue, prisons, catching criminals in the modern era and even police work in cinema. It was interactive and informative.