SALEF was established in 2003 as the Tucson Police Foundation. The primary concern of the Foundation then was the safety of our officers. City budget challenges prevented Tucson Police Officers from getting the equipment, gear, safety and technology items they needed to stay safe, conduct their work and ultimately keep the community safe. The Foundation’s purpose is not to absorb or replace the budgetary responsibilities of the City Manager. However, SALEF was able to collaborate with TPD to find out their greatest needs, and work out in the community, with businesses and grants to raise the funds. SALEF, being independant from TPD and not a government agencies could then negotiate the greatest deals. For almost 14 years, the Foundation raised funds for the needs of the our Tucson Police Officers exclusively.
In 2017, the Foundation was able to expand its assistance to other regional law enforcement agencies and in doing so was renamed to the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation (SALEF). The Foundation’s mission and function remains the same but now able to continue to assist Tucson Police as well as Marana Police, U of A Police and Pima County Sheriff’s Dept. SALEF looks to partner with Oro Valley Police and Sahuarita Police as needed.
Recently, SALEF was able to help fund the following needed items for TPD:
TPD SWAT Unit: provide armor for specialized vehicle, a Throwbot2 and ICOR Pole camera. The armor upgrades to a specialized vehicle provides crucial Officer protection against an ambush situation when approaching critical incidents or active scenes. The Throwbot2 and ICOR Pole camera allows for the SWAT officers to avoid a blind entry into building or area that may include an attack.
TPD K9 Unit : New K9 ‘Luna’ and K9 center training upgrades including training obstacle items, fencing and flooring.