In 1996, law enforcement representatives from throughout the countryheld a meeting in St. Louis, MO. with the purpose of forming an organization dedicated to raising social awareness and to developing cohesion with other agencies through spirited contact sport. As a result, the National Law Enforcement Football League (N.L.E.F.L.) was formed. The leagues first season was spring of 1997. Its mission of developing cohesion was met, yet the league was vastly under-funded.
Undaunted by the lack of financial support, the league expanded in 1998 to allow participation from firefighters, and emergency medical personnel. As a result, the league was renamed the National Public Safety Football League, (N.P.S.F.L.). During the 1998 regular season the N.Y.P.D. Finest and the Houston Police Gunners, played their championship game in Washington D.C. as part of the festivities during National Police Week.
Today, two of the original seven teams, (N.Y.P.D., and L.A.P.D.) are still in the league. At the beginning of the 2015 season, the NPSFL will have 20 teams competing.
The National Public Safety Football League is a union of public safety agency football teams located throughout the United States. The teams are united in promoting a positive self image to the public by raising funds for charity through spirited competition. The players, coaches, and staff members of each of the teams don’t play for money, but for the love of the game and the desire to help raise money for the various charities in the communities that they serve.
The league is incorporated in New York State and is recognized as a not for profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service under 501c3 statute.