The Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation was formed in 1987 and started to raise money to build the Memorial and offer services. In 1998, a little over 10 years the Foundations to able to convince the legislature to authorize the Memorial and began construction.
It wasn’t till May 10, 1999, when the law enforcement officers and the families of officers traveled from all over the state of Texas to the City of Austin for the Memorial dedication.
Since then, the foundation’s determination to preserve the rich history of Texas law enforcement and provide assistance and support for the families of the fallen officers has remained unequalled. Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, also known as CLEAT, is the founding sponsor of the foundation, which is funded solely by contributions.
The Memorial is located on the grounds of the Texas Capitol, easily accessible from Congress Avenue and 15th Street intersection.