Helping Families, Creating Awareness, & the Healing Community
The Detective Rafael Ramos Foundation was formed in memory of New York Police Department Detective Rafael Ramos, who was shot and killed while on duty in a marked patrol car on December 20, 2014. The Foundation's purpose embodies the character and values of Detective Rafael Ramos. The Foundation seeks to: (i) raise awareness as it pertains to the dangers faced by law enforcement officers in the course of their daily work; (ii) educate community members to lessen tensions and distrust and to improve the relationship between neighborhoods and law enforcement; and (iii) provide financial assistance to families of slain law enforcement personnel that suddenly find themselves in financially distressed situations. Through education, outreach, and community activities, the Foundation seeks to raise social awareness of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers and to develop positive relationships between communities and the law enforcement officers who work in them on a regular basis.