The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has received a gift of $50,000 from Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. The contribution will go toward building the National Law Enforcement Museum.
Ziad Ojakli, Ford's group vice president of government and community relations, visited the Memorial Fund's offices to present a check to Craig W. Floyd, chairman and chief executive.
"We are pleased to provide this support in honor of the courageous men and women who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe," said Ojakli in a statement. "It is our privilege to lend support to this worthy effort."
The National Law Enforcement Museum is currently under construction in Washington, D.C., and will tell the story of law enforcement in America. from the earliest colonial times to current technology. Visitors will gain a greater understanding of what it's like to walk in an officer's shoes. The museum will include a Hall of Remembrance, where the stories of America's fallen law enforcement officers will be told and their lives will be celebrated.
"We are grateful to Ford for helping us make this museum a reality, just like they helped us build the Memorial over 20 years ago," said Floyd in a statement. "They join a growing list of corporate, law enforcement, and individual supporters, who understand the importance of telling the story of American law enforcement—something our Museum will do in innovative and compelling ways."
The privately funded museum has launched an $80 million capital campaign, raising more than $43 million so far. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton serve as co-chairs of the Museum's National Honorary Campaign Committee, which also includes seven former attorneys general, as well as other former government officials and celebrities, including Honorary Chairman Clint Eastwood.