Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance

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 BALEAF is a nonprofit charity with a single mission - to assist Bay Area law enforcement officers and their families who have experienced a member killed in the line of duty, suffered a serious injury or illness, or similar catastrophic event.  We are  a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. 100% of your donation is awarded directly to the officers and their families.  100% of the administrative expenses are covered personally by the Board. Guaranteed!  Donate to BALEAF today!

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BALEAF NEWS

  • 26 May 2021 2:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    WASHINGTON May 26, 2021– The Department of Justice today recognized four detectives and one sergeant of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office’s Central California Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their investigation that resulted in the arrest of 34 sexual predators.

               The detectives received the Attorney General’s Special Commendation, which was announced as part of the 38th annual commemoration of National Missing Children’s Day. This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of an ICAC task force, an affiliate agency or an individual assigned to either, for making a significant investigative or program contribution to the ICAC task force program.

              “These five highly skilled and resourceful officers uncovered a well-organized and very disturbing scheme to exploit and harm children in the midst of a pandemic when young people were especially vulnerable to online predators,” said Amy Solomon, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Department’s Office of Justice Programs. “We have these brave professionals to thank for preventing scores of people from carrying out their plans, bringing them to justice, and protecting our youth.”

              The officers recognized are Sergeant Chad Stokes, Detective Cassandra Stevens, Detective Scott Schwamb, Detective Randall Heckman and Detective Steven Souphasith. They are members of Operation COVID Chatdown, a joint effort of the Central California ICAC Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations in Fresno, which targeted people who sought to take advantage of children’s increased presence online during the pandemic.

              From July 20 to August 2, 2020, this team of agents and detectives, posing as minors, communicated with more than 190 suspects on multiple online platforms. The predators sent child pornography and sexually explicit content to the undercover officers and some arranged in-person meetings with them. The 34 suspects were arrested when they arrived for what they believed would be sexual encounters with the children. The team located additional young victims when search warrants were issued after the arrests.

              “It is vital that we alert the public about technology-facilitated crimes against children and educate people about how to protect children online,” said Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Acting Administrator Chyrl Jones. “We are very grateful for the dedication of the Central California ICAC Task Force and their hard work in uncovering these sexual predators.”

              The Department also recognized a United States Postal Service employee from Columbia, Maryland, a sergeant from Addison, Illinois, and two coordinators of the Department of the Attorney General’s Missing Child Center-Hawaii for their efforts to bring missing children home. The Department declared Heidy Jimena Perez Veleta from Sunnyside Elementary School in Dodge City, Kansas, winner of the 2021 National Missing Children’s Day poster contest.

             Every year on May 25, the Office of Justice Programs and its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention lead the nation in observing National Missing Children’s Day, first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. This day shines a spotlight on child safety and honors the professionals dedicated to protecting children around the country.

              In lieu of an in-person ceremony, OJJDP is launching a website today featuring information about the awardees and statements from Attorney General Garland, Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Solomon, OJJDP Acting Administrator Jones and President and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children John F. Clark.

  • 17 May 2021 2:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2021 Scholarships will be announced on June 16, 2021. Stay tuned!

  • 3 May 2021 12:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    THE APPLICATION PROCESS

    1. Submit an email to baleafscholarship@gmail.com requesting an application.
    2. We will email the BALEAF application forms along with the essay topic and instructions to you.
    3. Complete and sign the scholarship application and return via email along with the required essay on the assigned topic.
    4. The deadline for BALEAF's receipt of the application and essay is May 16, 2021.

    TIMELINE

    • April 16, 2021 -  Open for Applications.  Requests for BALEAF Scholarship applications are accepted via email at baleafscholarship@gmail.com. Applications with instructions will be sent out via email upon receipt of an application request.

    • May 16, 2021 - Completed Applications & Essays due to BALEAF
    • June 21, 2021 - BALEAF 2021 Scholarship recipients announced
  • 3 May 2021 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 26 Apr 2021 12:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This year our focus for National Police Week is Officer Safety and Wellness (OSW). The goal is to keep law enforcement officers off the Memorial through daily morning workouts, a suicide prevention program, a special Destination Zero Cardiac Wellness Screening, and an OSW Product Showcase.

    See the schedule, below, and join us for our virtual events, especially the Candlelight Vigil to be live-streamed on May 13. And be sure to watch for the launch of the 2021 National Police Week mobile app coming soon.

    SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

    Sunday, May 9

    5:00 p.m. | 2021 Destination Zero National Safety and Wellness Awards Announcement

    Monday, May 10

    Officer Safety and Wellness Product Showcase

    8:00 a.m. | Wake Up, Work Out, Get Healthy

    10:00 a.m. | Built for Blue with LEGO® Bricks Art Installation Unveiling

    Tuesday, May 11

    Officer Safety and Wellness Product Showcase

    8:00 a.m. | Wake Up, Work Out, Get Healthy 

    1:30 p.m. | SAFLEO Suicide Prevention Program 

    Wednesday, May 12

    Officer Safety and Wellness Product Showcase

    8:00 a.m. | Wake Up, Work Out, Get Healthy 

    10:00 a.m. | Hall of Remembrance 2021 Installation Unveiling

    Thursday, May 13

    Officer Safety and Wellness Product Showcase

    8:00 a.m. | Wake Up, Work Out, Get Healthy 

    9:00 a.m. | Destination Zero Cardiac Wellness Screening | Invitation Only

    1:30 p.m. | Police Unity Tour Ceremony | Live Event 

    8:00 p.m. | Virtual Candlelight Vigil

    Friday, May 14

    Officer Safety and Wellness Product Showcase

    8:00 a.m. | Wake Up, Work Out, Get Healthy

    9:00 a.m. | Destination Zero Cardiac Wellness Screening | Invitation Only

    Note: All Times Eastern Time Zone

  • 24 Apr 2021 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2021 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through the implementation of peer support, training, family resources, suicide prevention, and other promising practices for wellness programs.  The LEMHWA solicitation is open to all public governmental agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.  Up to $8 million is available for this program.

     Applications are due by June 3, 2021 at 7:59 PM EDT.  More information on the 2021 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act program is available at https://cops.usdoj.gov/lemhwa.

  • 23 Apr 2021 9:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2021
    VIRTUAL CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

    SAVE THE DATE

    Join us online as we pay tribute to the 394 men and women lost in the line of duty, whose names are now included with over 22,600 others on the Memorial.

    Thursday, May 13, 2021
    8:00 p.m. (EDT)

    How to Watch:

    LawMemorial.org/CV

    Facebook.com/NLEOMF

    YouTube.com/TheNLEOMF

  • 16 Apr 2021 8:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BALEAF announced that it will offer 5 Marilyn Rosekind Memorial Scholarships in 2021. The program opens April 16 and recipients will be announced in June 2021.  Details and procedures are on the scholarship webpage, BALEAF Scholarship Program.

  • 8 Apr 2021 7:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    REPORT TO CONGRESS ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER SUICIDE

    The Executive Board of the Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (BALEAF) reminds Bay Area Law Enforcement members that during these challenging times, many in law enforcement may be struggling with their physical health as well as their mental health. BALEAF is here to provide support to Bay Area Law Enforcement employees (both sworn and non-sworn) and their families in crisis. BALEAF wants to remind those who are suffering to reach out to us for assistance. BALEAF can provide assistance both financially and with referrals to counseling resources.  

    BALEAF has a close working relationship with The West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat – First Responders Support Network (WCPR).  WCPR states, “The program is for first responders whose lives have been affected by their work experience.” WCPR’s goal is, “To help the first responders and retirees regain control over their lives and either return to work with a new perspective on stress and coping, move on with their lives if that is a more appropriate decision, or simply enjoy retirement.” 

    “We encourage all in law enforcement who are suffering, to reach out to your department's Peer Support or to contact us. You are not alone and we are here to help.”

    BALEAF is sharing the Press Release on the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, “Report to Congress on Law Enforcement Officer Suicide,” released on April 6, 2021.

    Use this link to view the full Press Release.

  • 25 Mar 2021 12:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Executive Board of the Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (BALEAF) announced that its awards of short-term financial assistance to Bay Area Law Enforcement officers and families now stands at $1,983,770 million dollars since its founding in 1999. The number of law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area represented by officers and their families receiving funds is 63. 

    The Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund Board of Directors meets monthly to review and approve requests for financial assistance from officers and families.  As a unique nonprofit charity under the 501(c)(3) regulations, it uses 100% of public donations received to make these financial awards. Rated as one of America’s Best Charities, in addition to short-term funding, BALEAF also offers assistance to Bay Area law enforcement officers and families in areas such as grief counseling and psychological services, spiritual support and educational scholarships.  Visit the BALEAF website for additional information at baleaf.org.  

Fabian Brown, President


Contact Us
T: 415-837-0875
F: 415-392-6273
E: bayareale1025@gmail.com

Address: BALEAF              
Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund
P.O. Box 31764
San Francisco, CA 94131-0764

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