Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

What We Do

Standards and Procedures for LELDF Assistance

LELDF looks to provide assistance to sworn law enforcement officers who, through performance of their official duties, face criminal charges. LELDF provides assistance without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity; however the extent of financial assistance provided is entirely within our discretion and closely tied to the benevolence of our donors.

Procedures

  • We actively search for cases wherein law enforcement personnel who were engaged in the execution of their official duties are charged by local, state, and/or federal authorities with violating the law.
  • Potential cases may be referred to LELDF through police benevolent and fraternal organizations or associations such as a Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), Police Benevolent Association (PBA), or private legal counsel. Additionally, where an accused officer is a member of no such group, an officer may self-refer for our consideration.
  • Potential cases where LELDF support is sought are closely reviewed to provide our board with the best possible understanding of facts and circumstances leading to the criminal charge(s). We will request copies of all available investigative reports, media reporting, witness statements, audio/video recordings, charging documents, etc. to facilitate our board’s assessment and decision on supporting the officer/case.
  • A determination of support for an officer/case is totally within the discretion of our board, as is the extent and duration of that support.
  • Our agreement to support a case binds the recipient, their respective association, and local legal counsel to adhere to LELDF expectations on producing, on an ongoing basis, copies of discovery as well as any information materially affecting the case.
  • We will raise funds to support our cases. These activities require close coordination with law enforcement officers (and their counsel/associates/family) receiving LELDF assistance.