Glock donated $2 million to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) during the organization's 20th anniversary gala on Oct. 12. The gift was given to the Memorial Fund to help develop an educational and interactive exhibition called "The History Beat" at the National Law Enforcement Museum, which is currently under construction in Washington, D.C.
"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 Gary Fletcher, Glock's vice president.
The state-of-the-art institution will be located in the Judiciary Square neighborhood adjacent to the existing National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The National Law Enforcement Museum, which is scheduled to open in late 2013, will be the world's most comprehensive museum about 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 chief executive of NLEOMF. "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."
In "The History Beat" exhibit, visitors will find:
- An elegant and inviting pavilion structure welcoming visitors. After noticing the Model A Ford, visitors will be drawn to 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 past and 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," Fletcher said. "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."