BADGE OF HONOR ASSOCIATION
To provide financial and emotional support for law enforcement officers who are dealing with the after-math of being involved in a critical incident and the children of Officers who have died in the line of duty.
who We Are
The Badge of Honor Association began in 2007 by Rochester Police Officer, Justin Collins, with the mission to unite and support law enforcement Officers across Western and Central New York. Since then, Badge of Honor has grown to cover 28 counties across New York state.
Over the past 11 years, the Badge of Honor Association has worked to fill a much needed void within in the law enforcement community regarding critical incidents by providing financial and emotional support to officers involved in critical incidents. Through the Badge of Honor network, Officers involved in critical incidents receive immediate support in the means of a critical incident pack, as well as continued peer counseling and recognition for their heroism. In addition, the Badge of Honor provides gift certificates, weekend get-aways, special event opportunities, and other on-off items to help Officers and their family during this difficult time.
In addition, the Badge of Honor Association supports the children of fallen Officers through regional events and financial funding for college and one-off needs specific to each child.
How We Help
The Blue Line Speaks
Our goal is to start the conversation and let Officers across the region who are dealing with after effects of being involved in a critical incident know that they are not alone by sharing the stories of our members while also educating the public on the stresses that officers, as well as their families. Through The Blue Line Speaks program, Badge of Honor provides includes critical incident packages to all Officers involved in critical incidents in the coverage area.
Books & Board
Badge of Honor provides financial support
to the children of fallen Officers within the coverage area who attend a four-year New York State University. Through Books & Board, Badge of Honor funds the housing and books each semester for up to four years.
Darien Lake Retreat
Annual weekend retreat held for the families of fallen Officers and Badge of Honor volunteers held at Darien Lake. This event includes a two night stay at Darien Lake cabins, admission
to the park, and a cookout for all attendees. Through this program, the organization is helping the children and their families create new memories while honoring their lost loved ones.
Annual Holiday Event
Each holiday season the Badge of Honor holds three regional events in the Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse areas. Officers and volunteers bring the children of the fallen on a special shopping trip and end the day with a luncheon celebration.