California Correctional Peace Officers Association Pledges $1 Million to National Law Enforcement Museum









Representing 30,000 correctional peace officers and parole agents, the CCPOA is sponsoring the “Corrections” exhibition, providing Museum visitors with a first-hand look at one of law enforcement’s toughest beats



WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — It’s often called one of law enforcement’s toughest beats: maintaining order and security inside the nation’s prisons and jails. Now, when the National Law Enforcement Museum opens in 2011, visitors will be able to experience first-hand the challenges, dangers and professionalism of America’s 200,000 correctional officers, thanks to a $1 million pledge from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA).



The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) has announced that the CCPOA will sponsor the “Corrections” exhibition within the Museum’s “Being an Officer” gallery. Here, visitors will experience life as a correctional officer and see how officers are trained to maintain order and protect themselves and inmates. Walking into real prison cells and seeing actual contraband seized from inmates, Museum visitors will hear the stories of officers who have worked in maximum- and minimum-security prisons, an all-female institution and a juvenile facility.



“In our correctional facilities, inmates typically outnumber officers by a ratio of seven to one or more, and most correctional officers walk their beat armed only with a radio, a baton and their considerable people skills,” said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the NLEOMF, which is leading the effort to build the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC. “Through the leadership of CCPOA President Mike Jimenez and their generous $1 million commitment, we will be able to ensure that all Americans can understand and better appreciate not only the dangers faced by our brave correctional peace officers, but also their incredible dedication to duty,” he added.



In addition to showcasing the modern-day challenges facing correctional officers, the Museum will document the history of corrections in the United States. Several historic prison riots and escapes will be featured, including the Newgate Prison riot of 1774, the escape of three inmates from San Francisco’s Alcatraz Prison in 1962, and the violent 1971 riot at the Attica State Prison in New York that resulted in the deaths of seven correctional officers.



Authorized by Congress in the year 2000, the planned National Law Enforcement Museum is a 95,000 square foot, mostly underground museum to be located just blocks from the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. When it opens in 2011, the Museum will provide visitors with a comprehensive and compelling look at law enforcement in America. The Museum will feature high-tech, interactive exhibitions, interesting historical and contemporary artifacts, and extensive educational programming.



The privately funded Museum has launched an $80 million capital campaign, with approximately $36 million raised to date. The CCPOA is one of eight organizations that have contributed $1 million or more to the Museum’s capital campaign, called “A Matter of Honor.” Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush are the national honorary co-chairs of the “Matter of Honor” campaign. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, including a virtual tour, visit





About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

The NLEOMF is a nonprofit organization established in 1984 to generate increased public support for the law enforcement profession by permanently recording and commemorating the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, and to provide information that will help promote law enforcement safety. The NLEOMF operates and maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 18,274 fallen officers; is an organizer of the annual National Police Week tribute each May; and serves as a clearinghouse of information about law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The NLEOMF is leading the building of the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, scheduled to open adjacent to the Memorial in 2011.



About the California Correctional Peace Officers Association

CCPOA represents the more than 30,000 correctional peace officers working inside California’s prisons and youth facilities, and the state’s parole agents who supervise inmates after their release. Since its founding in 1957, CCPOA’s mission has been to promote and enhance the correctional profession, protect the safety of those engaged in corrections and advocate for the laws, funding and policies needed to improve prison operations and protect public safety. CCPOA has a long, proud history of safeguarding the rights and welfare of the men and women it represents–dedicated professionals who do a tough, dangerous and essential job.SOURCE National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund



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