The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorialís mission is to Remember and Honor Wisconsin law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc. (WLEM) was first formed in 1990 and hosted the first Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda in May of 1991. Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc. was later incorporated as a non-stock, not for profit organization governed by a Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
Row 1 (L to R) Mike Larson (ret), Laura Washer, Ken Donovan (ret), Craig Kolbeck
Row 2 (L to R) Pete Chycinski (ret), David Williams (ret), Dean Collins, Russ Steeber (ret), Brian Willison (ret)
Row 3 (L to R) Francis Springob (ret)
Not pictured: Charlie Berard, David Hall, Doug Tuttle
When incorporated the WLEM Board set forth four goals:
- Building and maintaining a monument to honor Wisconsin law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.
- Organizing and conducting an annual memorial ceremony at the State Capitol to remember and honor Wisconsin officers who died in the line of duty and serving their communities.
- Providing support and information to law enforcement officers, law enforcement agencies, survivors, and community groups who need help adjusting to and dealing with a line of duty death of a law enforcement officer.
- Providing a means for individuals, business and communities to express their appreciation for law enforcement officers.
WLEM is supported by donations and fund raising events. WLEM is registered as a charity with the State of Wisconsin and is recognized as a 501(c)3 organization by the IRS. Donations are tax deductible as permitted under Federal tax code.
The WLEM Board of Directors is elected from the membership. Most are either active or retired law enforcement officers. WLEM has three levels of membership.
Active and retired law enforcement officials; representatives of law enforcement associations, organizations and support groups.
Honorary Members: Spouses and immediate family of Wisconsin law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty (exempt from dues).
Associate Members: Those who do not qualify for Active or Honorary membership. Associate members are not entitled to vote or serve on the Board they may however, serve on committees.