Union head, coach raising money for police museum

Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan celebrates after cutting down the net after a regional final NCAA college basketball tournament game against Arizona, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Wisconsin won 64-63 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan celebrates after cutting down the net after a regional final NCAA college basketball tournament game against Arizona, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Wisconsin won 64-63 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

MADISON (AP) – The leader of the state’s largest police union and Wisconsin’s basketball coach are teaming up to raise money for a new museum honoring police officers in Madison.

Wisconsin Public Radio reported Wednesday that Wisconsin Professional Police Association Executive Director Jim Palmer is serving as chief executive officer of the Law Enforcement Museum of Valor. Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan is serving as the museum’s honorary chairman.

“We believe that Bo Ryan has earned a reputation for hard work and dedication, and we think that those are traits he shares in common with law enforcement officers across the state,” said Palmer.

It likely will take $800,000 to get the museum off the ground and fund operations for the first two years, Palmer said. The museum plans to establish partnerships with Wisconsin-based corporations, he said. Ryan will help with fundraising as well, he said.

The museum’s board of trustees will determine which officers will be included in the museum and plans to look back as far as 1946. The facility also will feature a small theater, a squad car simulator and historical artifacts.

The facility likely will be located near a memorial to fallen officers on the state Capitol Square, Palmer said.

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