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The North Pole Gift Program

In 1990, the Police Hall of Fame began the North Pole Gift Program, which provides age-appropriate gifts to the surviving children of American police officers who died in the line of duty. These gifts are sent

Museum Notes

Museum attendance continues to be strong during this winter season! Looks like lots of folks are coming to Florida to escape cold weather and enjoy all the Space Coast has to offer. In December, we hosted

Pot Shots – Feb. 2022

Good news! The price of firearms is holding stable and has been so for about nine months. The price of the average firearm did increase from 25 percent to 50 percent from mid-2019 to mid-2021, but

PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS UNIQUE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

God Bless AmericaAnd our troops, law officers and all of Her guardians.Land that I loveThose who know this love are truly the Blessed People.Stand Beside Her, And Guide Her,As God stands to safeguard us,we stand to

Moving Beyond Ego

We all have an ego, some more pronounced than others. Ego can have a negative impact on not only daily operation of walking the corners but also on how we lead others and ourselves. The ego,

‘BOUT TIME!

The cost of ammunition has, after an 18-month run in which prices increased almost 400 percent over that time, finally started to come down. That is to say, they have “dropped” to “only” about a 100

Museum News – Fall 2021

Our summer season this year was very good with a large number of visitors! In spite of the pandemic, we had the best July in our history. During the year we have continued our themed educational

The American Police Hall of Fame’s 9/11 Memorial

Twenty years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, America fell victim to a terror attack within her borders. Shortly after the tragic event, several pieces of the towers and the planes were carefully gathered and delivered to

Fall 2021 Letters to the Editor

Scholarship Makes Life A Little Better Dear NACOP, Thank you so much for the scholarship for my 2021-22 school year. This scholarship continues to help me get an education! You guys have no idea how much

Problems and Solutions Unique to Law Enforcement

LEOs are those who fight to right unrightable wrongs. This is our destiny; this is our grit. If you see us comin’ better straighten up; a lotta foes didn’t and a lotta of ‘em wish they

In Memoriam: America’s Fallen Police Officers

As of June 30, 2021, according to preliminary data from the Department of Justice, 155 federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers had died in the line of duty this year. The Department of Justice

Finding Quality Candidates: Challenges in Police Recruiting

The familiar “The police are the community and the community are the police” maxim from Sir Robert Peel has come under scrutiny in the post-COVID era. Because of anti-police and defund-the-police campaigns, along with other societal

Police Officers As Civic Leaders: Reframe, Reform And Fund

Policymakers, law enforcement leaders and line officers have discussed two competing approaches to policing: police as “warriors” or police as “guardians.” At a recent seminar on police reform, the question was posed regarding which moniker was

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