TEXAS POLICE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION PURPOSE OF ORGANIZATION
The Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. It provides funds to families of Texas law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty through the Officer Death Benefit Program. If an officer dies in the line of duty, the Foundation, as soon as possible, delivers a check to the surviving spouse, children or parents, which ever is applicable.
No application process is used, only the notification to the Foundation of a qualifying death and the appropriate person to whom the check is made out to. The law enforcement officer does not have to have been a member of any specific law enforcement agency nor does the officer have to have been a member of any law enforcement association. The purpose of the donation is to provide immediate funds to a family in time of crisis.
Since 2001, money has been donated to families of Texas law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. Funds are currently budgeted for this fiscal year to continue the program and will be budgeted in future years as well.
The Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation helps support low cost training for law enforcement officers. Of the 2,000 plus law enforcement agencies in Texas some 80% are ten officers or less. These small department have very limited or non-existent training budgets. The Foundation sponsors training at little or no cost on various law enforcement subjects through out the state so that local officers have the opportunity to attend.
The Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation sponsors a Recognition Program for law enforcement agencies. This program is intended to help agencies develop best practices policies and procedures. The purpose is to promote increased professionalism and enable departments to have legal and easily understood polices and procedures in place.