Season’s Greetings from Seattle Police Foundation! As the new President and CEO, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to our wonderful community of donors, corporate partners, volunteers, board, and staff. Through your support, we are making an impact on improving public safety and officer readiness by closing the gap when funding falls short.
Your support this year has included an investment in special equipment, advanced training, officer morale, and youth outreach programs. While improving police performance, it provides support to those risking their safety to ensure ours. Together, we are making Seattle America’s safest major city by helping to meet the challenges of modern policing.
On behalf of our men and women in blue, thank you for your support now and throughout the year. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!
14th Annual Awards Banquet
A Day in the Life
Every Fall we have the opportunity to honor the sworn and civilian members of the Seattle Police Department. Nominated by their peers, the night is truly a unique opportunity for the department, community leaders, and everyday citizens to recognize the outstanding work this department does every single day.
The community’s appreciate was strongly felt as officers were honored for going above and beyond the call of duty to keep citizens safe, often putting themselves in harm’s way.
Those honored included over 36 SPD officers, SPD Units, and civilians. Countless stories were heard – of officers saving lives, arresting notorious criminals, and even spending their own personal time to help their fellow community members.
In one especially memorable story, Officer Anthony Reynolds had what looked like a routine stop for a speeding violation. It became anything but. Officer Reynolds learned that the driver was rushing to get to the hospital because his wide was about to give birth.
The night of Banquet, the proud new dad (above) praised Officer Reynolds and SPD saying that: “you guys have changed our life…Seattle is one of the greatest cities I have lived in my life. I feel safe and am proud of what the officers do on a daily basis.”
Over $175,000 was raised for important programing, including community outreach efforts, training, and state-of-the art crime-fighting technology – all to keep our officers and community safe. We thank everyone who attended with special thanks to our sponsors, including Costco, Directors Mortgage, and Expeditors.
SPD Precinct Holiday Luncheons
The Seattle Police Foundation annually partners with local restaurants to provide appreciation lunches in each of the city’s five precincts prior to Christmas. What started as one holiday lunch to feed the hard working officers of the West Precinct in the year 2000, has expanded today to an effort to feed every officer during the holiday season – an especially difficult time for officers as they often miss their family holiday traditions while patrolling the streets to keep our communities safe.
Many thanks to the restaurants who provided food for all five precincts this year: Tutta Bella (3 precincts!), Tom Douglas, and Garage Billiards. The food was fabulous and greatly enjoyed and appreciated by all.
We also thank our many volunteers for coming our to help set-up, serve, and clean-up. The officers appreciate seeing the visible support from the community. Your time and big hearts are appreciated, we couldn’t do it without you!
Beds and Bicycles
This past year SPF has worked tirelessly to support and fund projects that help create a stronger SPD and a better community for all. In our second year of supporting The Beds for Kids Project, we helped provide over 70 beds to children in-need, insuring more children have a warm bed to call their own. Our annual precinct picnics were also expanded, helping to bring officers into the community for a day of family fun. There was record turnout, especially in our North and South Precincts.
Funding was also provided for officer advanced bike training, improved bicycle helmets, and personal tourniquets. Training and equipment like this allows officers and those they serve to stay safe and keep our community safe.
Beyond the Badge
One particular project the Seattle Police Foundation was thrilled to support was SPD Detective “Cookie” Bouldin’s Urban Youth Chess Club. Det. Cookie’s lessons in chess went beyond the chess board – she lead these leaders of tomorrow in anti-violence initiatives and taught them leadership skills.
One young student noted that, “your program and previous programs have improved me and my ways of action. You are truly a GREAT role model and amazing woman”.
The kids demonstrated their leadership abilities by organizing a successful chess tournament at the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club. “I want the teens to be thinking about their future, to judge people and police for who they are as a person, not to judge a book by its cover”, said Det. Cookie.
The Foundation’s work with officers like Det. Cookie is just one project SPF undertakes every day. In the coming year, SPF will continue to support the kinds of projects that improve the Seattle Police Department – keeping those on the front line as well as our friends and neighbors safe, while bringing the community closer together.