A former charity known as the Chequered Ribbon Association (CRA) was set up in 2004 in the ACT and raised money for charitable purposes and supported police families who were in need. Despite good intentions, the CRA was not a recognised police legacy scheme.

In 2012, the CRA Board of Management embarked upon a process to transform the CRA into a fully-fledged police legacy scheme.

In 2013 the CRA announced the name change to AFP Legacy and a competition was launched, inviting AFP members and legatees to design its new logo and motto. The winning logo incorporates the flame of remembrance and the chequers of the Sillitoe Tartan, synonymous with policing. The design also incorporates the rectangular shape of the touchstones on the National Police Memorial. The successful motto ‘Remembrance in Service’ was carefully constructed to acknowledge the purpose and promise of AFP Legacy to remember those who have lost their lives in service, and to support the colleagues, friends and family left behind.

The transformation brought the charity in line with other police jurisdictions around Australia. It also enabled AFP Legacy be a signatory to a national memorandum of understanding between police legacy schemes and attend and contribute to National Police Legacy Conferences.

In February 2014, AFP Legacy registered its Constitution in the ACT, formalised their Legatee Guidelines and signed a Cooperation Agreement with the AFP. This signalled an exciting new chapter for AFP Legacy where the charity has been able to support more legatee families through expanding its fundraising activities and reaching across the AFP nationally and internationally, and the wider police community.

When AFP Legacy was visualised in early 2012, there was a membership base of 0.7% of the AFP contributing to the CRA; now some 31% of AFP employees are financial contributors to AFP Legacy through the workplace giving program.