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so Who are we?

The Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation (SALEF) is a 501c3, non-profit organization established in 2003.  TIN 20-0559408.  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 attributed to the expertise of our dedicated volunteer board members who are strong advocates 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/County 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 as well as creating engaging partnership and program efforts with the community.

SALEF continues its mission to raise money and provide items such as:  replacement bullet proof vests, technology items 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 local 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

The Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation is a 501c3, non-profit organization established in 2003.  TIN 20-0559408.  We raise 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 are strong advocates and believe in supporting our law enforcement officers.   The 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.

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
Ellen Jimenez Sonesta ES Suites Tucson
Ernie Minchella Long Realty
Chrissy - Frey Frey Financial

Staff

Bonnie Faircloth - Executive Director bonnie@soazlef.org
Peggy Croes - Administrative Associate peggy@soazlef.org