The Memphis/Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation is proud to partner with the members of the cityCurrent, along with various other business and community leaders, to make the Fallen Officer Memorial a reality within our community. This memorial will be a monument to those MPD officers who have lost their lives protecting our city and will provide their family and friends a place to remember and honor their loved ones. We are asking for your support to make this project possible. The Memphis Police Department has a rich history dating back to 1827, when John J. Balch was appointed town constable and the first police station was constructed. What started with two men working the night watch has grown, over the last 191 years, into a highly skilled force of more than 2,100 officers and civilians. Dedicated to preserving public safety, our MPD is internationally recognized as the benchmark for using technology to fight crime and has received countless recognition for their efforts. Throughout this legacy, though, one thing has remained missing: a monument honoring the families and those officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. According to www.memphispolice.org, that number totals 62 officers who have died serving and protecting the citizens of Memphis. Chris Cosgriff of the Officer Down Memorial Page notes: “When a police officer is killed, it’s not an agency that loses an officer, it’s an entire nation.” Anyone with a loved one who is an officer, firefighter, in the military, or any service that places them in harm’s way, knows of the ultimate sacrifice these individuals give each day to protect our great city and nation.
The Fallen Officer Project is 100 percent privately funded, so we need your help to bring the Memorial to fruition. Help us honor those Officers who have given their lives protecting our great city and recognize the daily efforts of our Memphis Police Department.
For those who would like to financially support this special project, contributions may be sent to:
Memphis/Shelby County Law Enforcement Foundation
530 Oak Court Drive Suite 165
Memphis, TN 38117
Please note “MPD Fallen Officer Memorial” in the memo lined. All contributions marked in this manner will be earmarked for this project specifically.