The Officer Down Foundation empowered by the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative solutions to help fallen First Responders in a time of need. The Foundation depends on donations from generous supporters. The Officer Down Foundation is dedicated to making sure no first responder will be left behind.
The Officer Down Foundation provides financial assistance to all active Dallas Police Officers and Dallas Independent School District Officers who are facing the loss of income due to a serious injury, life-threatening illness or other catastrophic events. Assistance is also available to an officer's immediate family member (ie, Spouse and children) in the event of the death of an active officer.
In 1975, the founding/charter members of the Texas Peace Officers' Association - Dallas Chapter secretly held its first organizational meeting in the backroom of the Alpha House on Good-Latimer. They had been warned not to form an organization that would openly challenge the Dallas Police Department's race and gender bias policies, duality and disparate treatment of the people of color and women. The Founding Members of the BPA-Dallas are as follows: Calvin Howard (President), Preston Gilstrap (Parliamentarian), Arthur Busby (Sergeant at Arms), George Coleman (Treasurer), Mackeroy Tuck (Advisor), Simon Young (Chaplain), Shirley Gray (Secretary), and Harold Parks (Vice-President).
We have proudly served the community of Dallas for the last Forty years. We are committed to not only the safety of our citizens and business but to providing charitable contributions to those in our community who need our help the most. Currently we are involved with the Kappa Kamp Summer Enrichment Program, Vogel Alcove and Greater Southwest Child Placing Agency charitable organizations.