For All of Us
Our organization officially began in 2014 and was started by a Police Officer, Craig Polen. Unfortunately, the organization began under tragic circumstances when Craig’s best friend from high school, and a fellow State Trooper, decided to take his own life in mid- 2013. As a result of this life changing experience, Craig shared his LEO – Only Face book page, which he had started prior to this event to keep in touch with fellow officers, and transformed it into the organization that we know today. The humble beginnings of a Facebook page, which offered law enforcement officers an outlet to discuss their emotions and to share experiences, has expanded to a world-wide network of law enforcement brothers & sisters. From a membership of ONE, we have now grown into an organization of over 36,500 members world-wide!
Angels don’t always wear wings ….. Some wear badges
Our organization began its’ journey by determining who we were and what we wanted to accomplish. Our focus would center on the children of slain or disabled officers. It was decided that we would raise the funds necessary to ensure that no child of a blue family in need would go without a Christmas! In December of 2013, without even a full year of fundraising, LEO – Only took 23 blue children Christmas shopping. In December of 2014 and 2015 an additional 138 blue children benefitted from our organization’s benevolence. Since that time, our organization has touched the lives of an additional 625 blue children and our ultimate goal is to support each and every one of the children who have sacrificed so much.
Phase Two of our vision became clear to us as the children from those early years started to graduate from high school and sought college educations. With the rising costs of college tuition these older children of slain and disabled officers now required our assistance in meeting the financial demands of obtaining a college education. Thus far, LEO – Only has awarded a $10,000 scholarship in the Fall of 2015. This is a huge commitment from our membership, and although we have touched the life of only one blue child thus far, we are proud and thankful to have had that opportunity. The Scholarship Program is now part of our fundraising efforts and with our membership’s help and committee’s guidance, we look forward to supporting the lives of even more blue children in the future.