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Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation
 
 
Since 1906, when records were first kept, 203 Los Angeles police officers have been killed in the line of duty. The Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation was established to provide assistance to families of police officers who were killed in the line of duty. To date, over $6.5 million has been distributed without the expenditure of a single tax dollar, made possible by the generous support of the community.

Foundation Overview

The Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides support to Los Angeles Police Officers, police families, and career civilian police department employees in times of catastrophic need.

In 1970, then Chief of Police Edward Davis incorporated former Chief Tom Reddin's concept of the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation to provide assistance to families of police officers who were killed in the line of duty. Financial assistance would be made available to offset the hardships that the loss of a breadwinner can produce.

Chief Reddin was certain that the Los Angeles community would support such an organization as a way of expressing their appreciation to those who provide police protection and service. The Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation was founded in 1972 and is chartered by the State of California as a tax-exempt, non-profit institution.

As the Foundation's resources grew, benefits were extended to include assistance for catastrophic circumstances, such as serious injury or illness. The Foundation provides assistance for funerals of officers killed in the line of duty, spouses and dependent children.

The Foundation, to date, has granted over $6.5 million dollars and is administered by the Public Affairs Section of the Los Angeles Police Department, managed by a Board of Directors of local business leaders and police professionals.

Prior to the existence of the Foundation, two golf tournaments were held which raised funds for other purposes. When the Foundation became a reality, the decision was made to conduct a tournament under the name "Los Angeles Police-Celebrity Golf Tournament" for the benefit of the Foundation. 1998 marked the 27th year of this heavily attended event.


Benefits Provided

The Foundation was able to extend benefits far beyond its original intent as resources grew. Today, benefits are provided not only in times of death, but also for catastrophic circumstances, such as injuries and illness. Additionally, help is available to members of police families, retired and reservist personnel, and career civilian employees. The Foundation also provides college scholarship opportunities for children of officers killed in the line of duty and to the dependent children of department employees who have died while on active duty, and who are experiencing financial hardship.

To date, over $6.5 million has been distributed without the expenditure of a single tax dollar, made possible by the generous support of the community. During 1998, Foundation grants totaled more than $471,000. The Foundation:

  • Assisted 96 police and career civilian families
  • Provided funding for the funeral expenses of 23 Department personnel and/or immediate family members
  • Funded college educations for 20 children
  • Paid for the special education needs of children suffering neurological disorders
  • Assisted 49 police and career civilian personnel in the payment of medical expenses.

How to Contribute

Your donation to the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation during tournament time is greatly appreciated. For city employees, contributions to the Foundation may also be made by completing a designation card for an automatic payroll deduction. For more information, contact the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation, 1880 N. Academy Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-847-4239; Fax 213-485-1952 or e-mail info@lapmf.org.

The Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation was established to provide assistance to families of police officers who were killed in the line of duty. To date, over $6.5 million has been distributed without the expenditure of a single tax dollar, made possible by the generous support of the community. The Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides support to Los Angeles Police Officers, police families, and career civilian police department employees in times of catastrophic need.
 
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