The Police Benevolent Foundation is a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization established by the Southern States Police Benevolent Association (SSPBA) in 2005. SSPBA is a professional law enforcement organization that has been serving its membership for over 20 years. The PBF provides funding to support SSPBA member benefits.
We provide financial support for the families of fallen law enforcement officers whose deaths occur in the line of duty.
In the event of a death in the line of duty, the federal government and most states provide a death benefit that will help families recover; but it may take up to a year or more before the request goes through the channels necessary to reach the family of the slain officer. In the meantime, the family has to suffer not only the death, but also financial hardship.
The SSPBA accidental death benefit program provides a timely payment to a member’s family worth one year’s salary, up to $60,000. Donations to the Police Benevolent Foundation help to supplement the cost of this much-needed benefit.
We fund scholarships for children of law enforcement officers.
The PBF and SSPBA help to bridge the gap with scholarships for deserving students of law enforcement families and those pursuing degrees in criminology. Through donations from individuals and businesses, the Foundation assists SSPBA in its efforts to support families with education expenses. The high cost of providing continued education for children is often out of reach for many American families. Scholarship applications are available online here.
We educate law enforcement officers and their families about the dangers of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome & Suicide Prevention.
Research shows that the biggest threat to an officer’s career may be the officer himself. Each year more than 100 officers die in the line of duty; the suicide rate is double that amount. The CDC and suicide researchers rank law enforcement suicide among the highest segment in the nation. Job-related stress is a major contributing factor that affects the high rate of suicide in the profession. Behind the Badge is the PBF’s initiative established to combat law enforcement officer suicide.