The mission of the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation is to keep our local officers safe.
Bonnie Faircloth is the executive director who tells me the group recently expanded.
"We were established in 2003 under the name 'Tucson Police Foundation,'" Faircloth said. "And our mission, even though we've changed our name, is to raise funds for critical life-saving equipment technology items and ongoing officer safety training for our local officers."
Now the group assists multiple agencies including the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Marana Police, and the University of Arizona Police Department.
With the help of donations from the community, the group has been able to buy more than 450 ballistic vests since 2011, ten bicycles for the downtown patrol unit and a K-9 for the department among others.
In addition to financial support, Faircloth says the group hosts a number of events throughout the year so people can get to know the men and women behind the badge.
"I love interacting with the officers in law enforcement and I love seeing at the events the success as they engage and interact with the community," Faircloth.