The Constable Public Safety Memorial Foundation Inc. is an I.R.S. approved 501 (c3) non-profit organization. It was founded by Robert Dent in 1995 after the execution style murder of friend and fellow Oregon State Police Trooper Bret Clodfelter, and subsequent suicide of his grieving wife of 33 days. (There were two young children left behind from a previous marriage).
For almost 20 years the Board has dedicated itself to raising funds to help supplement airline travel expenses of families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, so that they may attend the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. It is just one in a series of events which also includes the Candlelight Vigil Remembrance sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and the Survivors Conference sponsored by the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). The National Police Survivor’s Conference is held in Washington D.C. in May of each year. In addition, it is also our mission to help prevent a tragic suicide of any surviving family member by helping them attend the events that help pave the way towards healing, and eventually acceptance.
In 1962, President Kennedy designated by proclamation the date May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. During that week, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the globe travel to Washington D.C. to take part in numerous events that honor officers who have had their lives taken in service to their communities …and to our nation.
It is also our mission to help supplement airline travel costs for needy military families traveling to Walter Reed National Medical Center to be with their critically injured loved one. This is facilitated through donations to the Wounded Warriors Project.
In closing, we desire to lend a helping hand during a most devastating time in a family’s life.
“Many in the law enforcement and military professions die protecting the freedoms of this nation…Death is a frequent visitor to their battlefields.”
Oregon State Police (Ret.)