It has often been said that tragedy breeds heroes. For law enforcement officers, tragedy and heroism are part of every day life.
Stories of courage, duty, and sacrifice have been honored every year by the Wisconsin Professional Police Association since 1946. The state's largest law enforcement group, the WPPA has served the needs of our state's officers for over 80 years, and for nearly as long, it has promoted the heroic conduct of officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.In an effort to more appropriately celebrate the law enforcement profession and the heroics of its officers, THE WISCONSIN LAW ENFORCEMENT MUSEUM OF VALOR was established in 2014. An independently-governed, not-for-profit charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, the Museum of Valor will promote public interest, awareness, knowledge and education about the law enforcement profession by sharing the historical accounts of bravery that the WPPA began recognizing so many years ago, in addition to those that the Museum's Board of Trustees will select every year hereafter.
What began as an awards program in 1946 has now evolved into the creation of an independent charitable organization to establish Wisconsin’s only museum devoted to memorializing our state’s law enforcement heroes and the invaluable public service they provide. In addition to this historical collection, the Museum also plans to include:A squad car simulator booth;
An interactive video display the Museum’s honorees, public safety messaging, and the invaluable assistance of our founding partners and sponsors;
Various historical artifacts;
An interactive bomb robot; and
A police motorcycle photo booth.
In addition to supporting the Museum’s operations, we also intend to support a scholarship program, public service messaging about public safety, and relief efforts aimed at assisting the families of officers struck by tragedy.
The Museum of Valor will require the invaluable support of individuals who wish to see this one-of-a-kind institution established. We have already raised over $100,000 from Wisconsin-based law enforcement groups and have been endorsed by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, and this campaign is designed to increase the public's awareness of the Museum, and to help garner the private funding we will need to further develop our project and fulfill our mission to celebrate the dedicated men and women of our law enforcement community. To learn more about the Museum and its mission, please check out our website at www.wisconsinvalor.org.