June 23, 2005

CRAPO COMPLIMENTS MUSEUM EFFORTS

Idahoans can participate with National Law Enforcement Museum collection

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo complimented the efforts of the National Law Enforcement Museum to augment its artifact collection. The museum is set to open in 2009 and Crapo is encouraging Idahoans to get involved with the preparations. â??The National Law Enforcement Museum has launched a treasure hunt of sortsâ??looking throughout the nation for items that would help preserve the history of law enforcement,â?? Crapo said. â??You might be surprised by what is laying around in attics, basements and garages. Sometimes, in the middle of all that old stuff, there is something priceless, and it might be just what the museum is looking for. The museum should be complimented for its efforts to locate law enforcement memorabilia from all over the United States. Idahoans will undoubtedly have some treasures they might wish to share. These donations will enrich the museum and give Americans a chance to participate in the preservation of our important law enforcement history from the 17th century to the present.â?? Examples of items the museum is looking for include:Uniforms, gear, equipment, communications tools, badges, vehicles, and weapons, particularly items involved in interesting events or that have historical significance (e.g., first examples, those that show changes in technology, or etc.); Evidence from significant 19th and 20th century crimes-such as items belonging to notorious criminals (Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone, etc.); Pieces of evidence used for the first time or in significant cases utilizing forensic methodology (fingerprints, tread analysis, hair samples, type comparisons, etc.); Items showing law enforcement in pop culture (contemporary and historical), including movie posters, comic books, pulp fiction, action figures, general memorabilia; Academy training manuals, textbooks, videos, and equipment demonstrating the breadth of instruction law enforcement officers receive; Objects or documents from notable law enforcement officers (e.g., Wyatt Earp, Teddy Roosevelt, Eliot Ness); Objects, documents, and images that reflect the experiences of contemporary law enforcement officers; and Law enforcement gazettes, newspapers, broadsides, unpublished memoirs, and photographs.For more information, visit the Museumâ??s website, http://www.nleomf.com/media/press/museumaccessions.htm. # # # FOR INTERESTED MEDIA: A radio actuality is available by calling 1-800-545-1267. Press 327 at any time during or after the greeting and instructions. You can also access the actuality through the Internet at http://src.senate.gov/radio/.