National Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation

aka BOHMF   |   DALLAS, TX   |  www.bohmf.org

Mission

Every year, over 900,000 law enforcement officers risk their lives protecting our communities; businesses, families, and neighbors ensuring the safety and rights of every American. Law enforcement is a noble and dangerous line of work and in carrying out their duties, not every officer returns home at the end of the day. Approximately one officer is killed in the line of duty every two days in the United States—over 125 annually over the last 10 years.

The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation mission is to assist the survivors and departments of officers who have been killed in the line of duty to obtain all the statutory benefits that may be available to them and to train law enforcement departments on casualty planning. The Foundation accomplishes this goal by providing workshops through Federal and state law enforcement associations. Motorola Solutions Foundation is our primary sponsor for this training initiative. The workshops introduce the Foundation 's Agency Casualty Assistance Guide, which covers the entire spectrum of issues in detail that a department faces when an agency loses an officer. This 75-page document was penned by the Foundation and serves many small departments as a death protocol manual.

For the last 14 years, we have contacted every department—police, sheriffs, and state police—usually within 48 hours, to advise them of the Federal and state line-of-duty death benefits available to the survivors and to automatically forward to the department a copy of our Agency Casualty Assistance Guide.

The Foundation's Board of Trustees oversees all activities of the Foundation. Currently, the Board is made up of 26 senior sworn officers from police departments, sheriff's departments, and state police departments. All Trustees are either on their respective police, city or county pension boards and/or hold leadership roles within their police organizations. The Board of Trustees' primary function is to advise the law enforcement agencies about the Foundation and its activities. Additionally, the Trustees are responsible for alerting the Foundation when there is an officer down.

The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation helps families, who as a result of a law enforcement officer's death, are enduring personal hardship. The number one concern of any police officer is the financial security of his or her family. The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation is able to assist families of slain public safety officers to receive the financial security available to them. As the national advocates for these families, our goal is to make sure no loved one is left behind.

Ruling year info

2004

PRESIDENT & CEO

Mr. David Blanchard

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

CHIEF GARY D STILES

Main address

3824 CEDAR SPRINGS ROAD SUITE 267

DALLAS, TX 75219 USA

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EIN

20-0460095

NTEE code info

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Y12)

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Memorial Statue Program

As we assure that the procedures are put into place for the family to receive funds due them, and to commend the lives they selflessly exchanged for ours, the Foundation provides each family with a memorial statue, crafted by award-winning sculptor Deran Wright.

Entitled “Watchful Gaze,” the statue is a lion representing an officer standing watch over his or her family. The badge of the fallen officer is displayed on the base of the statue, along with a plate engraved with the officer’s name and their term of service. The foundation feels that it is important for the families coping with their loss to have symbolic and emotional recognition of their loved one’s death and for the life of service the officer courageously gave.

Population(s) Served

To be prepared for a
line-of -duty death is crucial for law enforcement departments. The Badge of
Honor Memorial Foundation has develpoed a Casualty Assistance Plan to help law
enforcement departments prepare and protect their families if such tragedy occurs.
This plan is intended to establish guidelines and identify an operational
framework in the event of serious injury or death of a Department employee
or volunteer. In doing so, the Casualty Assistance Program allows the Foundation to continue its primary
goal of assuring awareness and access through the work of Board of Trustees,
its staff, its national network of pro-bono lawyers, its State Benefits
Advisory Board, and its Chief’s Advisory Board.  As the national advocates
for these families our goal is to make sure no loved one is left behind.

Population(s) Served

THE GOAL IS TO HAVE 5 REPRESENTATIVES FROM EACH STATE THAT ARE TRAINED ON CASUALTY PLANNING AND DEATH PROTOCOL, IN ORDER TO TRAVEL TO ALL DEPARMENTS WITHIN THEIR STATE AND TRAIN DEPARMENTS ON CASUALTY PLANNING AND WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A LINE OF DUTY DEATH.

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The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation (BOHMF) has two primary missions. The first is to assist the survivors and departments of officers who have been killed in the line of duty to obtain all Federal and state statutory death benefits that are available to them. Since its inception, the Foundation has contacted every department--police, sheriffs and state police--usually within 48 hours--to advise them of the Federal and state line-of-duty death benefits available to the survivors. The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation helps families who, as a result of a law enforcement officer's death, are enduring personal hardship. The number one concern of any police officer is the financial security of his or her family. BOHMF is able to ensure the family's financial security by providing the procedures necessary to obtain the death benefits they are entitled to receive in the event of a line-of-duty death. As the national advocates for these families, our goal is to make sure no loved one is left behind.

The second mission of the Foundation is to train law enforcement departments nationwide on casualty planning, also known as death protocol. BOHMF provides a casualty plan that the individual departments can adapt to their particular circumstances to handle a line-of-duty death. 80% of officers that are killed in the line-of-duty are from departments that have never had an officer down. Many of these departments have less than 50 officers, and they have no idea what benefits are available to the survivors. The Foundation's programs directly address the needs a department experiences. The goal is to make sure that every department across the Nation has a casualty plan in place before a line-of-duty death occurs.

The mission of Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation is to assist the survivors and departments of officers who have been killed in the line of duty to obtain all statutory benefits that may be available to them. Since its inception, the Foundation has contacted every department--police, sheriffs and state police--usually within 48 hours--to advise them of the Federal and state line-of-duty death benefits available to the survivors. BOHMF has initiated a Train-The-Trainer program to develop a cadre of officers nationwide who can present casualty training to the departments in their respective regions in order to prepare every agency for the horrific contingency of a line-of-duty death. This training will prepare individuals to assist departments with the entire spectrum of assistance from the personal preplanning process, caring for the family of the fallen from the moment of notification, and development of a department-specific casualty plan including a funeral protocol. Individuals will also be trained on the application for Federal, state and local benefits, as well as the appeals process. The workshop presents scenarios designed to prepare a department to deal with active service and retired death and disability, as well as other special circumstances, including death from suicide. The survivors of public safety professionals killed in the line of duty are entitled to a substantial financial death benefit from the Federal government. (Federal PSOB benefit is $339,810). Thirty states also provide financial death benefits. Obtaining these benefits can be a complex and daunting process involving technical legal terminology and requirements for documentation. Additionally, there is a statutory deadline. Eighty percent of the officers lost are from departments that have never suffered a line-of-duty death, and many of these departments have fewer than 50 sworn. Frequently the individual preparing the claim needs help understanding the process and compiling the paperwork. Additionally, many departments have no protocol in place to handle notification of the next of kin or a proper funeral BOHMF has presented the Casualty Planning/Train-the-Trainer Workshop at 30 conferences (avg 100 depts per conference, avg 75 sworn officers per dept=avg over 225,000 law enforcement officers who have been reached). That represents only about one-quarter of the sworn officers in the US, and the goal is to reach everyone. The Foundation has 59 trainers in place, and the goal is to have 3-5 per State. The goal is to ensure that every department, in all 50 States and US territories, have a written death policy/death manual in place before they suffer an officer down.

The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation (BOHMF) has presented the Casualty Planning/Train-the-Trainer Workshop at 30 conferences (avg 100 depts per conference, avg 75 sworn officers per dept=avg over 225,000 law enforcement officers who have been reached). That represents about one-quarter of the sworn officers in the US, and the goal is to reach everyone. The Foundation has 59 trainers in place, and the goal is to have 3-5 per state. The Foundation is anecdotally advised that the casualty planning guide is disseminated to the rank and file as a matter of course. The BOHMF likewise ensures there are in place at least three sworn officers per state to engage in outreach to departments that have recently lost an officer to help ensure that additional training is made available to educate departments on Casualty Planning and to present the BOHMF as an available asset to obtain all available Federal and state benefits. The goal is to ensure that every department, in all 50 States and US territories, have a written death policy/death manual in place before they lose an officer. The challenges the BOHMF has are encouraging departments to focus on the fact that they must have a plan in place for a catastrophic event long before that event occurs and that the department must keep it current. Simply stated, it is difficult to get momentum on the topic of death until it happens. The Foundation's biggest hurdle can only be overcome by time, persistence and manpower. Another challenge has been scheduling conferences within current budget limitations. BOHMF does not and will never have the resources to fund travel to every single police department. Therefore, the trainers must get on the agendas and attend as many conferences as possible that department command staff attend. The Motorola Grant has helped immensely and has allowed the BOHMF get closer to reaching the goal, making sure that no loved one is left behind. Getting a "top down" affirmation from command staffs and organizations like FBI National Academy Associates and International Association of Chiefs of Police was critical.

The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation (BOHMF) has presented the Casualty Planning/Train-the-Trainer Workshop at 30 conferences (avg 100 depts per conference, avg 75 sworn officers per dept=avg over 225,000 law enforcement officers who have been reached). That represents about one-quarter of the sworn officers in the US, and the goal is to reach everyone. The Foundation has 59 trainers in place, and the goal is to have 3-5 per state. The Foundation is anecdotally advised that the casualty planning guide is disseminated to the rank and file as a matter of course. The BOHMF likewise ensures there are in place at least three sworn officers per state to engage in outreach to departments that have recently lost an officer to help ensure that additional training is made available to educate departments on Casualty Planning and to present the BOHMF as an available asset to obtain all available Federal and state benefits. The goal is to ensure that every department, in all 50 States and US territories, have a written death policy/death manual in place before they lose an officer. The challenges the BOHMF has are encouraging departments to focus on the fact that they must have a plan in place for a catastrophic event long before that event occurs and that the department must keep it current. Simply stated, it is difficult to get momentum on the topic of death until it happens. The Foundation's biggest hurdle can only be overcome by time, persistence and manpower. Another challenge has been scheduling conferences within current budget limitations. BOHMF does not and will never have the resources to fund travel to every single police department. Therefore, the trainers must get on the agendas and attend as many conferences as possible that department command staff attend. The Motorola Grant has helped immensely and has allowed the BOHMF get closer to reaching the goal, making sure that no loved one is left behind. Getting a "top down" affirmation from command staffs and organizations like FBI National Academy Associates and International Association of Chiefs of Police was critical.

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National Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation

Board of directors
as of 06/15/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

CHIEF GARY STILES

Fulton County Police Department

Ron Stagliano

Detective, Philadelphia Poice Department (Ret.) , Chairman Joint Health Trust, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5

Gary Stiles

Assistant Chief - Fulton County Police Department

Steve Pinto

Wurdemann, Pinto & Co., LLC

David Blanchard

No Affiliation

David Bergman

Global Transition Solutions

James Comstock

Major General USAR (Ret.) ,Institutional Liability Management