WHO WE ARE
Currently, there are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in the United States. Over the last ten years, an average of 151 officers were killed and 15,000 injured each year. Since the first recorded public death in 1792, more than 20,000 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty.
JUSTIS was originally created as Japanese-American Friends of Law Enforcement Foundation (JAFLEF) and organized as a private foundation on September 27th, 1990. It was started by visionary political and business leaders to recognize Japan’s innovation and help in furthering law enforcement investigative technology. Since that time, we have provided needed help to families of fallen law enforcement officers as they struggle to recover from the deaths of their loved ones.
We also support other charitable, educational, and scientific causes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue code.
The Foundation’s primary asset is a restricted fund that currently has a balance of approximately three million two hundred thousand dollars ($3,200,000), which is invested to maximize earnings. These earnings are then used to provide support to families of fallen officers.
We have given over $3.8 MM in total grants.
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., or COPS (www.nationalcops.org), is a nationwide nonprofit organization providing resources such as counseling and scholarships to families of slain officers. Since 1991, JUSTIS has donated over $2 million to COPS to help more than 560 widows and 960 children rebuild their lives.
The Foundation provides grants to organizations such as COPS in order to utilize their vast network of resources to identify the most worthy grant recipients.