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Conversations on Law Enforcement: An Evening with Charles H. Ramsey

The evening of February 10, 2016, was filled with many stories, enough to fill a 47-year law enforcement career. Nearly 180 people gathered at the U.S. Navy Memorial’s Burke Theatre in Washington, DC, for the National Law Enforcement Museum’s third installment of its Conversations on Law Enforcement discussion series, featuring Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

The program began with Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, welcoming the audience and introducing the night’s featured guest. Floyd outlined the Commissioner Ramsey’s impressive career, serving first as an officer with the Chicago (IL) Police Department, rising through the ranks, before moving up to Chief of Police in Washington, DC, and finally retiring as Police Commissioner for the Philadelphia (PA) Police Department in 2015.

Commissioner Ramsey began by telling the audience about how he “accidentally became a police officer.” At the time, he was working in a grocery store in the Englewood area of South Chicago. Two officers who frequently helped close up shop asked if he was interested in becoming a police officer. Despite plans to become a doctor, something about the offer had an appeal, including the fact that his college tuition would be paid for. He signed up, became a cadet, and at that point knew that police work was his calling.

Watch the video of Commissioner Ramsey’s remarks on how law enforcement has changed and community policing.

Photos are also available of the event.

The Museum’s Conversations on Law Enforcement program began in 2014  and aims to provide discussions on contemporary issues related to law enforcement. Past video recordings and photos from the events are available to view on the Museum's website.

About the National Law Enforcement Museum
A project of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum will be 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, comprehensive collection of artifacts, extensive resources for research, and diverse educational programming. The Memorial Fund’s mission is to tell the story of American law enforcement and make it safer for those who serve. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit

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