WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Chris Coons (Del.), co-chairs of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, today introduced the National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act. The bipartisan bill authorizes the Treasury Department to mint coins to commemorate the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum, which is dedicated to highlighting and honoring past, present, and future law enforcement officers.
"We owe a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women of law enforcement who put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe,” said Blunt. “The National Law Enforcement Museum will honor the countless sacrifices law enforcement officers and their families make every day, and allow more Americans to gain a deeper appreciation for the selfless work they do. As co-chair of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, I urge my colleagues to support this bill, as well as our efforts to ensure first responders have the equipment, training, and support they need to do their jobs.”
“As co-chair of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, I’m proud to introduce this legislation that would celebrate the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum and honor the men and women of law enforcement across the country,” said Coons. “It is critical that we reflect on what law enforcement officers and their families do each and every day to protect our communities and renew our commitment to ensuring that they have all the resources they need to come home safely at the end of their shift.”
The coin comes at no cost to taxpayers, and the Treasury Department will be reimbursed for the costs of issuing the coins. Proceeds from the coin will support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s educational and outreach programs.
The museum is located in Washington, D.C. and is expected to open in September 2018.
The bill is supported by many of the nation’s top law enforcement advocacy groups, including the Concerns of Police Survivors, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, the International Union of Police Associations, the National Association of Police Organizations, the National Black Police Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriffs' Association, the National Troopers Coalition Police Executive Research Forum, the Police Foundation, the Police Unity Tour, the United Federation of Police, and the United Federation of Police Officers, Inc.
In addition to Blunt and Coons, original cosponsors include U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), John Boozman (Ark.), John Cornyn (Texas), Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Maggie Hassan (N.H.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Joe Manchin (W. Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Pat Roberts (Kan.), Mike Rounds (S.D.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Tina Smith (Minn.), and John Tester (Mont.).U.S. Representatives Dave Reichert (Wash.) and Bill Pascrell (N.J.) have introduced companion legislation in the House.