Welcome to the San Luis Obispo Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation
A Message from our President: ‘On behalf of the SLO LEAF Board of Directors, we wish to thank you for your duty and commitment to our communities. We understand the sacrifices of life or sustained injury are part of the responsibility of being in harm’s way. The financial burden can result in substantial strain on families and to one’s performance affecting the whole community. SLO LEAF was founded to help relieve this burden and offer assistance in coping with the costs which more than often exceeds insurance coverages. SLO LEAF’s mission is to offer that assistance to officers (active or retired) and their families. By giving back to the families of our law enforcement agencies, SLO LEAF allows them to focus on recovery instead of financial burdens. Your assistance would also be greatly appreciated in helping sustain the financial reserves necessary to continue assisting your fellow brothers and sisters. By giving to SLO LEAF, we will insure a financial support network for local law enforcement personnel during a time of need due to catastrophic circumstances.’
Harry L Ovitt, President
San Luis Obispo Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation
Mission Statement: The mission of SLO LEAF is to provide immediate and temporary financial assistance to law enforcement agency personnel and their immediate families, who are currently employed or honorably retired from a San Luis Obispo County law enforcement agency; in a time of death, serious injury, critical illness or other catastrophic circumstances.
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The History of SLO LEAF
Jacalyn Annette MacDonald (‘Jackie’ to her law enforcement family) was a dispatcher for the University Police Department at Cal Poly State University. On a November day in 1999 Jackie was stopped for a red traffic signal on a local highway when a drunken driver struck her vehicle from behind.
Jackie was severely injured and after months of hospitalization and treatment she succumbed to her injuries.
The impact on Jackie’s family was devastating. Adding to the family pain was the fact that much of the costs of Jackie’s medical care were not covered by insurance or other resources.
Jackie’s challenges and struggle, and those experienced by her family, became the impetus for the creation of SLO LEAF.