In 2003 Rick Easley, then Chief, Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and Karl Zobrist, President, Board of Commissioners, Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, contacted the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission and asked them to study the possibility of forming a 100 Club in the Kansas City area. A review of web sites for 100 Clubs indicated that a club had existed in Kansas City many years ago, but the Commission was unable to locate anyone familiar with that club and it was listed as “Unable to locate or no longer in operation” in the directory of 100 Clubs.
Rick Cook, then President of the Crime Commission, discussed the idea with the Crime Commission Board over the next year. Meanwhile, Rick Easley directed one of his Commanders to contact the club in St. Louis and obtain information regarding the ins and outs of starting a club. In late September 2003, Rick Cook contacted retired ATF ASAC Sonny Wilson and persuaded him to take on the project full time.
On October 30, 2003, the Crime Commission formally announced the creation of the Kansas City 100 Club known as SAFE, the Surviving Spouse And Family Endowment Fund. It operates under the umbrella of the Crime Commission’s 501 © 3 status and makes all donations/contributions fully tax deductible. The program covers local police officers, firefighters and emergency service personnel in the Missouri counties of Clay, Cass, Jackson and Platte and the Kansas counties of Douglas, Johnson, Miami, Shawnee and Wyandotte and other jurisdictions as may be determined by its Board of Directors. It does not cover State or Federal personnel.
SAFE provides immediate and possibly long term financial support to the spouses, children and/or dependent parents of those covered persons who are killed in the line of duty. Upon the death, in the line of duty of a covered individual, representatives of the Board will visit the family within 24 hours and present them with a check for $25,000 (Updated 3-17-16). There is no application to fill out and no strings attached. Sometime later (this will occur after our fund is fully endowed) the Board will again visit the family and possibly assist with financial matters on a long-term basis depending on the individual family needs. Each situation will be different and therefore long term help may or may not occur.
SAFE is funded through fully tax-deductible donations/contributions and has four classes of memberships including Individual-$120/year; Family-$150/year; Corporate-$500/year; and Lifetime-$5,000 (one time payment). All members receive 2 window decals and lifetime members receive a commemorative shadow box with the SAFE shield appropriately displayed.