Police Benevolent & Protective Association
The Police Benevolent & Protective Association (P.B. & P.A.) of Illinois was founded in 1936 and is the largest downstate police association consisting of approximately 195 units. These units could be 1 man police departments up to over a thousand. The association was originated to safe guard police pensions and to lobby for passing legislation for the betterment of all law enforcement officers.
HistoryThe DeKalb P.B. & P.A. Unit #71 was founded for the same reasons but it also was organized to be a charitable arm of the DeKalb Police Department, which the organization donates most of its time as of 1986.
CharitiesBelow are several charities it has assisted over the years:
- Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
- Chicago Police Officers Memorial
- Children's Miracle Network (Paddy Murphy Tournament)
- DC Lightning Baseball
- DeKalb High School Sports Teams
- DeKalb Youth Activities via the DeKalb Park District
- Fallen Officer Flowers and Donations
- Egyptian Theatre Benefit
- Fairdale Tornado Relief Fund
- FBI Sponsorship of FBINAA Northern Illinois Chapter
- George Babich Scholarship Fund (Assisted by Knights of Columbus-DeKalb)
- Hope Haven (DeKalb Homeless Shelter)
- Illinois Special Olympics
- Kishwaukee College Sports and Media
- Knights of Columbus Youths
- Make A Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois
- MS Walk
- New York Police Cancer Fund (Originated after 9/11)
- NIE (Newspapers in Education)
- Opportunity House
- St. Baldrick's
- President -
- Vice President - Officer Allison Remnes
- Secretary -
- Treasurer - Sgt. Kris Mecca
EVENTS HOSTED BY THE POLICE BENEVOLENT & PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION
BIG BROTHERS & BIG SISTERS BOWLINGMembers of the department participate in a round of bowling to raise monies for the Family Services Agency "Big Brothers Big Sisters" program.
The Pancake Breakfast is held every year in April at the Knights of Columbus. Some of the monies earned are donated to the community. This past year monies were donated to the Fairdale Tornado Relief Fund.
The Cops & Bobbers is a fishing derby held in conjunction with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of DeKalb County. A special thanks goes out to Target, Lukulos, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Zebco and CST Storage for their donations and assistance. Several children were all given a Zebco fishing rod, lunch and awards.
COPS & BOBBERS
GOLF OUTINGThe annual golf outing is held the 2nd Saturday of July at the River Heights Golf Course. Lunch and dinner are provided with many prizes given out. Some of the monies raised are donated back to the community.