So who are we?
The Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation (SALEF) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization (TIN 20-0559408) established in 2003. We raise public awareness and money to support the needs of our Tucson area law enforcement agencies. Currently, we partner with the Tucson Police Department, Marana Police Department, U of A Police Department and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Our achievements are credited to the expertise of our dedicated volunteer board members who are strong advocates of law enforcement employees and believe in supporting our law enforcement officers. SALEF 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 SALEF is not to displace budget funding for basic law enforcement of the departments we partner with, or reduce in any way the responsibility of the city or county to commit 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 as well as developing partnerships and programs that engage with the community.
SALEF continues its mission to raise money and provide items such as replacement bullet proof vests, technology items, software upgrades, new K9 service dogs, vehicle heat sensors and alarms for the K9 unit and bicycles for community bicycle police units. We want our local area law enforcement agencies to be better trained, better equipped and better supported than the criminals who threaten our communities, businesses and children.