DuPont Gallery Opens at the National Law Enforcement Museum

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Kevlar® Honors those who Serve and Protect our Communities

DuPont is a proud partner of the National Law Enforcement Museum and we’re grateful for the opportunity to honor the millions of sworn law enforcement officers who are currently serving and have served the United States.

DuPont Safety & Construction, maker of DuPont™ Kevlar®, today announced the opening of the DuPont Gallery at the National Law Enforcement Museum at Judiciary Square in Washington, D.C.

“DuPont is a proud partner of the National Law Enforcement Museum and we’re grateful for the opportunity to honor the millions of sworn law enforcement officers who are currently serving and have served the United States,” said John Richard, vice president and general manager for DuPont™ Kevlar® and Nomex®. “We hope the DuPont Gallery will tell the vibrant story of American law enforcement and help the National Law Enforcement Museum achieve its goal of strengthening relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.”

The 2,000 square-foot DuPont changing exhibit gallery will allow the public to take an in-depth look at fascinating stories, trends and developments in law enforcement throughout history. The first featured exhibit, entitled Five Communities, showcases programs in Cleveland, Dallas, Chicago, Somerville, Mass., and Charleston, S.C. Striking photography, text and interactive elements allow museum visitors to explore innovative ways in which communities have worked to improve the connection between police departments and community members. Most of all, Five Communities will show how people who care about their neighbors and communities can help solve difficult problems.

"The DuPont team has been an essential partner in the campaign to build the National Law Enforcement Museum and a constant supporter of America’s Law Enforcement community," said Craig W. Floyd, chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “We’re grateful they partnered with us to highlight successful law enforcement community programs and hope they inspire communities and law enforcement agencies across the country to work together toward stronger relations.”

The program featured in the initial exhibit include:

  • Cleveland

The Partnership for a Safer Cleveland brings together local agencies, organizations and community leaders to make Cleveland’s neighborhoods safer. For 37 years, it has worked with the Cleveland (OH) Police Department to protect Cleveland’s young adults and prevent youth violence.

  • Dallas

Project Unity was founded by Pastor Richie Butler in response to the July 7, 2016, killing of five Dallas-area police officers. To build a stronger community, Project Unity focused on creating dialogue around race relations in Dallas, connecting officers with youth in practical learning experiences and fostering a “pulpit swap” among the houses of worship in Dallas.

  • Chicago

Community Policing programs in Chicago are in the midst of a major overhaul. In 2017, a Community Policing Advisory Panel developed a series of recommendations based on information from numerous community listening sessions and surveys of citizens and officers. Those recommendations are being rapidly implemented within the city with the hope of re-forging the bond between the Chicago community and its police.

  • Somerville, Mass.

The Center for Teen Empowerment hires and trains urban youth to lead their peers in a movement to strengthen the relationships between youth, police and community. The program began in Boston’s South End neighborhood in 1992 and had an immediate impact — lowering youth street violence dramatically in a period dubbed “the Boston Miracle.” Since then, the program has flourished and spread to two new communities — Somerville, Massachusetts, and Rochester, New York.

  • Charleston, S.C.

The 2015 shooting in Charleston’s Mother Emanuel Church that resulted in the death of nine parishioners was the catalyst for the Illumination Project. Then Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen, Pastor Kylon Middleton, lifelong Charlestonian Margaret Seidler and many others felt an obligation in the face of the tragedy to expand the department’s existing community outreach and create a program that would make their community even stronger.

Five Communities is one of the many interactive and immersive exhibits inside the Museum including Take the Case, which invites visitors to use actual law enforcement techniques to help solve simulated cases, and 911 Emergency Ops, where visitors hear scripted incoming 911 calls and dispatch first responders to intercede. Together, these exhibits and programs help tell the rich story of American law enforcement and invite visitors to engage in shared learning and crucial conversations around law enforcement in America.

In addition to the National Law Enforcement Museum sponsorship, DuPont has sponsored the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial since its inception in 1991 and played a founding role in the creation of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)/ DuPont™ Kevlar®, Survivors’ Club – a partnership dedicated to reducing death and disability among police officers by encouraging the use of personal body armor. To date, the more than 3,100 members of the Survivors’ Club have survived potentially fatal or disabling injuries by wearing protective vests. For more information about the IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar® Survivors’ Club®, visit: https://www.theiacp.org/projects/iacpdupont-kevlar-survivors-club.

About the National Law Enforcement Museum

Authorized by Congress in the year 2000, the 55,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum will be a mostly underground institution located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC's Judiciary Square. The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, a comprehensive collection of historical and contemporary artifacts, extensive resources for research, and diverse educational programming. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit http://www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org.

About DuPont Safety & Construction

DuPont Safety & Construction, a DowDuPont Specialty Products Division business, is a global leader in products and solutions that protect what matters – people, structures and the environment – and enables its customers to win through unique capabilities, global scale and iconic brands including Corian®, Kevlar®, Nomex®, Tyvek®, Styrofoam™ and Filmtec®.

About DowDuPont Specialty Products Division

DowDuPont Specialty Products, a division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials, ingredients and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, building and construction, health and wellness, food and worker safety. DowDuPont intends to separate the Specialty Products Division, which will be called DuPont, into an independent, publicly traded company. More information can be found at http://www.dow-dupont.com.

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