Law Enforcement Ambassador & Guardian Spotlight: Josh Bowman

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund enjoys the support of a special group of volunteers: Law Enforcement Ambassadors and Guardians. Law Enforcement Ambassadors are active and retired law enforcement officers from city, state, federal and military law enforcement agencies, while Law Enforcement Guardians are volunteers who support and honor law enforcement but are not sworn officers, allowing citizens, family members and corporate supporters to work closely with the Memorial Fund in achieving our goals.

Josh Bowman is a longtime Memorial Fund supporter and Law Enforcement Ambassador. He has served in law enforcement for the last 14 years, starting out with the Chemung County (NY) Sheriff’s Office, and now with the Gates (NY) Police Department.

Josh’s support for the Memorial is personal—three of his friends’ names are inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall, where they are forever remembered and honored. In 2002, Josh and others started a 5K race to honor his friends and raise funds for the Memorial. Over an eight-year span, their event raised more than $100,000, to support not only the National Memorial, but also Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), Fraternal Order of Police, and a scholarship fund for the families of the three fallen officers. And in addition to all of this, Josh managed to be an active Police Unity Tour participant for the last six years. 

Recently, Josh represented the Memorial Fund at the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department’s Charity Golf Tournament in New York, and graciously accepted a $7,200 check on our behalf (pictured above). And in preparation for our annual Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember (October 12-13, 2013), Josh helped connect the Memorial Fund with his friends from Wegmans. With Josh’s help, the Ride & Run to Remember received in-kind support from Wegmans, which included a number of items for participants to grab at pit stops along the course. 

The Memorial Fund is honored to have Josh as an Ambassador. He is always ready and willing to help support the Memorial Fund’s worthy cause in any way he can. And for that, all of us at the Memorial Fund are very grateful. 

To learn more about becoming a Law Enforcement Guardian or Ambassador, contact John Shanks at 202.737.8529 or