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ALEXANDRIA, VA — August 1, 2014 — The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF), a donor-driven non-profit that provides financial support to law enforcement professionals facing duty-related legal challenges, named former FBI Assistant Director Ronald T. Hosko as President of the organization. (Image available upon request).
“Ron’s broad range of private and law enforcement partnerships and management experience will help LELDF further develop its mission,” said LELDF Director and former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III, “and forge expanded relationships with the law enforcement community, government, the media, and the general public.”
Hosko retired after almost 30 years in the FBI, most recently serving as Assistant Director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division following his service as Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Washington Field Office. Throughout his distinguished career with the FBI, Hosko led critical incident training, planning, and management teams while serving important roles at the Salt Lake and Torino Olympics, the U.S. World Cup and national political conventions, as well as critical incident response at the Oakdale Prison siege, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and many others.
Prior to coming to Washington, DC, Hosko has served as a Special Agent in Jackson, MS and Chicago before leading the FBI's Crisis Management Unit in Quantico, Virginia. He also served as an assistant special agent in charge in Philadelphia where he earned the FBI's Shield of Bravery for his actions during a violent ransom kidnapping. He was promoted to the Senior Executive Service as an Inspector, conducting multiple shooting investigations involving FBI and associated law enforcement personnel and led a seminal 20 year review of FBI shooting incidents. Hosko is a graduate of Temple University School of Law.
In addition, the LELDF named Alfred S. Regnery Chairman following the death of Chairman David Martin. He and Mr. Martin founded the organization in 1995 after organizing and managing the Stacey Koon Defense Fund, which paid for the defense of the principal arresting officer in the Rodney King case in Los Angeles. Regnery served as a member of the LELDF board of directors and treasurer of the organization since its inception. Before joining the organization, he served as Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and under Ed Meese at the United States Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General. Regnery was later named by President Reagan as Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Hosko also joins the Law Enforcement legal Defense Fund (LELDF) Board of Directors which includes Regnery and Meese, former FBI Deputy Assistant Director John J. Burke, former U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights William Bradford Reynolds, and former FBI Special Agent Daniel J. DeSimone.
About Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF)
For nearly two decades, the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF) has protected law enforcement professionals by fighting for their legal rights. Founded in 1995 by attorneys with law enforcement backgrounds, LELDF has led the efforts to identify and support through financial and legal assistance duty-related legal expenses such as attorneys’ fees, court filings, litigation costs, legal advice and other legal fees, as well as other support for law enforcement professionals and their families. Since 2000, LELDF has contributed over $2 million to offset legal and other expenses, as well as pro-bono legal advice, to more than two dozen law enforcement professionals and their families. The LELDF is a nationally recognized 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization supported solely through the generous contributions of individuals and organizations. This financial and legal assistance has become increasingly important as our society becomes more litigious and the frequency and cost of defending allegations against law enforcement professionals continues to rise.