LEMA History

The Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association was formed in 1974 by Jim Crawford, then Chief of Police in Golden Valley, MN. LEMA was founded with the sole purpose of building a memorial to Minnesota peace officers who had died in the line of duty.

This memorial was designed and the fundraising began. In 1977, the beautiful granite memorial was erected in the main concourse of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The memorial remained on display there until it was moved to its new home in the centerpiece of the Peace Officer's Memorial on the capitol grounds in St. Paul.

  • 1962 - President Kennedy declares May 15th National Law Enforcement Memorial Day
  • 1974 - LEMA established
  • 1977 - The first Minnesota monument is erected at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
  • 1977 - The participation at a Minnesota Officer's funeral
  • 1977 - The Governor's memorial dinner and presentation of memorial plaques
  • 1979 - First scholarships are awarded
  • 1983 - First annual Law Enforcement Ecumenical Service is held
  • 1990 - Education Bill for slain officer's survivors is passed by Minnesota legislature
  • 1991 - The LEMA Honor Guard is established. Made up of officers from departments throughout Minnesota
  • 1995 - The current monument is erected at the Minnesota State Capitol grounds
  • 1996 - First LEMA sponsored Honor Guard Training Camp for officers around the nation
  • 1998 - First Memorial 5K run
  • 1998 - First Trooper Tim Bowe Memorial Golf Tournament
  • 2002 - Grant from United Way to begin programs for emergency needs of survivors
  • 2003 - Improved Survivor Benefits Bill is passed by MN Legislature
  • 2007 - Program initiated between LEMA and the Minnesota Bar Association to provide free legal services to prepare basic estate planning documents for law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMT’s, correctional officers and survivors


Honoring Law Enforcment Who Have Given The Ultimate Sacrifice. 

LEMA is dedicated to assisting the families and home agencies of those law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

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Major Partners

  • American Legion Post 435 – Minneapolis/Richfield
  • Saturday:I94 West Chamber of Commerce
  • McDonough K9
  • Minnesota State Troopers Association

Our Location

  • 5108 W. 74th St. #390642
  • Minneapolis, MN 55439-0642
  • Phone:763-542-8645 Email: info@mnlema.org