How we can help
When a serving or retired member of SAPOL dies, it can be a very difficult time for everyone concerned.
The loss to the family will also have an impact on family finances with an effect on all aspects of their well being. The impact may be reduced with caring and timely support.
We also assist families of serving SAPOL officers suffering from serious illness or injury.
What happens next?
The SA Police Legacy Manager or Liaison Officer contact each new Police Legatee personally and outlines the full range of services and support available. Follow up is also offered by the Liaison Officer.
- A surviving spouse, partner or dependant of a serving or retired SAPOL member.
- A serving or retired SAPOL member whose spouse or partner has died.
- Either a serving SAPOL member, a retired member, or the spouse, partner or dependant of a serving or retired member, where their need for support is deemed special and extraordinary.
*The Board also has a discretionary power to assist where it deems appropriate.
Police Legatees or members can apply to SA Police Legacy for
financial assistance where chronic and acute health issues have created financial hardship.
How we help Police Legatees
Police Legacy Community
There are regular social activities so that the police legacy community can be included and supported.
Police Legatees or members can apply to SA Police Legacy for financial assistance where chronic and acute health issues have created financial hardship.
Police Legatees receive a Christmas card and are invited to the well-attended Christmas luncheon. For those over 90 years of age, a special gift basket is gifted on their birthday. We hope that these small but significant gestures help them to know that our support is always there.
We have a range of other services which are listed below.
- Legal assistance for the preparation of wills, power of attorney and other legal documents.
- Emergency contact assistance.
- Walking frames and other aged care equipment.
- Driving lessons and defensive driving courses.
- Other needs as considered appropriate by the Board.
How we help Police Wards
For a young person, having a parent tragically die is overwhelming and added to the grief for the family is the effect on educational choices and finances.
We offer a number of social and educational opportunities that can help children and young adolescents come to terms with their loss and overcome the barriers for a better future.
SA Police Legacy ensures that the children’s education is a priority. We assist with payments for school fees, books and other reasonable expenses – from pre-school to tertiary level.
Payments are made on an annual basis and grants can be made depending on the student’s school level. Additional funds for tutoring assistance can also be made available upon request.
Personal Development Grants
Personal Development Grants assist Police Wards in their personal development and activities can include student exchanges, international study trips and National Competitions.
Job Start Grants and Assistance
At the completion of schooling, a grant is available for a Police Ward to assist with expenses incurred when entering the workforce for the first time.
We believe that safe and sensible driving protects not only the driver but the community as well and we can assist by offering to pay for the first six driving lessons and a defensive driving course.
For children, up to the age of 18 years, a card and a monetary gift is given on their birthday and at Christmas.