The Foundation was founded in 2009 by a group of active and retired Raleigh police officers who are dedicated to honoring and remembering the Raleigh police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and serving others.

The founders of the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation participate each May during National Police Week in the Law Enforcement United, Road To Hope Bike Ride, which is an annual 250 mile bicycle ride to Washington, DC. The ride honors fallen officers and raises funds for the families of fallen officers through Concerns of Police Survivors. The dream for the Foundation began in 2009 when the Raleigh officers who rode in this event returned with a vision to build a memorial that would honor the fallen Raleigh police officers and ensure that those officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice would never be forgotten.

On December 4, 2012, the Raleigh City Council approved a request from the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation to design and construct a police memorial in front of the Raleigh Municipal Building at 222 West Hargett Street to honor and remember fallen Raleigh police officers. Click here to read the press release about the selection of a firm to design the memorial.

On December 3, 2013, the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation, the Families of Raleigh’s Fallen Officers, Mayor McFarlane, Raleigh City Council Members and Clearscapes, the design firm, held a ground-breaking ceremony at the future site of the Police Memorial.

On April 25, 2014, the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation unveiled and dedicated the Police Memorial, which was designed and created by Clearscapes. The Police Memorial symbolizes “Honoring the Fallen, Inspiring the Living”.