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Museum of Valor to honor police officers in WI

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A group of police associations in Wisconsin is teaming up with a big name to open a museum in honor of our area law enforcement officers.

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Museum of Valor board is working to raise money for a museum on the Capitol Square. The group has just put together a website and Facebook page to keep the public informed. Wisconsin Men's Basketball Head Coach Bo Ryan will serve as honorary chairman.

Ryan, a former military police officer, says he is happy to help honor those who give so much to our community.

"I'm certainly someone who feels very secure in what I do and it's as a result of being in communities that have law enforcement that care, and that means a lot to all of us," Ryan says.

CEO Jim Palmer, also president of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, says it's important to share the history of law enforcement departments and honor officers and the work they do to keep our communities safe.

"I think it just has a tremendous educational value," Palmer tells 27 News. "Sometimes the acts of bravery that our law enforcement commit year in and year out we lose sight of, we lose track of. There's real value in celebrating our local law enforcement heroes from all around the state."

Palmer says he hopes the museum can open within two years. Right now, organizers are focusing on raising $1 million to fund the facility, working with corporate partners and sponsors. They're planning a 5K to raise community support and funds, along with other events.

The Museum of Valor will feature historical exhibits but also interactive activities for families to get involved. There are plans for a theater to screen public safety messages and highlight honorees and corporate partners; a squad car simulator booth, an interactive bomb robot and a police motorcycle photo booth.

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