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so Who are we?

The Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation is a 501c3, non-profit organization established in 2003.  TIN 20-0559408.  We are a successful broad based community non-profit that raises public awareness and money to support the needs of our Tucson area law enforcement agencies.  Our achievements are attributed to the expertise of our dedicated volunteer board members who strongly believe in supporting our law enforcement.   Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation aims to ensure a sustainable financial model by presenting community events and programs, building corporate partnerships, and acquiring grants.  As a result, we help law enforcement agencies increase officer safety, provide equipment and technology to reduce crime, generate better community relations and assist in their mission to protect and serve the citizens of Southern Arizona.

The role of the Foundation is not to displace funding for basic law enforcement, or reduce in any way the responsibility of the City to commit the necessary funding for law enforcement services for its citizens. However, as law enforcement tasks become more complex, agencies have increasing needs to stay current in obtaining ongoing officer training, technical equipment and software upgrades and creating engaging partnership efforts with the community.

Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation continues its mission to raise money and provide items such as:  replacement bullet proof vests, technology and software upgrades, new K9 service dogs, vehicle heat sensors and alarms for the K9 unit and bicycles for community policing unit.  We want our Tucson area law enforcement agencies to be better trained, better equipped and better supported than the criminals who threaten our communities, businesses and children.

Our History

Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation is a successful broad based community non-profit that raises public awareness and money to support the needs of the Tucson area law enforcement agencies. Through our endowment, fundraising events, public relations, corporate sponsors, and board expertise, we recruit passionate volunteers and ensure a sustainable financial model. As a result, we help increase officer safety, reduce crime, generate better community relations and achieve the local law enforcement agencies mission to protect and serve our citizens.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation is to raise funds to acquire or supplement the purchase of critical life-saving equipment, technology and on-going officer safety training.  Also to create community programs which benefit our citizens and support positive relations between our citizens and law enforcement.

Board Members

Frank Youdelman - Chair Mass Mutual
Terence Sy - Vice Chair Baskin Robbins
Wendy Whitehead - Treasurer Stewart Title & Trust
Amy Hammarstrom - Secretary General Rubber
Paul Hallums - Immed. Past Chair EZ AZ Traffic Schools
Evelyn Brantley Arizona Oncology
Shelly Gibbons Quik Mart Stores
Edwin Hopper
Ellen Jimenez Sonesta ES Suites Tucson
Howard Sloane
Ken Krapf Bank of Tucson
Ernie Minchella Long Realty

Staff

Bonnie Faircloth - Executive Director bonnie@SOAZLEF.org