December Newsletter

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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.

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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.

While Officer Reynolds called for an ambulance, the baby was determined to beat the medics to the scene. Officer Reynolds played a critical role in delivering and saving the child’s life, helping to clear the child’s airway and insuring a healthy baby was delivered to joyful parents.

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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.”

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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.

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SPD Precinct Holiday Luncheons

 

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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

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond the Badge

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Seattle Police Officers do more than serve our city while on-duty, but they are an ever present feature in our communities even off duty. 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.

 

 

 

 

2015 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 out 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!

 

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“NO MORE NIGHTS WITHOUT A BED TO SLEEP IN”

Beds for Kids was started in the summer of 2014 by Seattle Police Department (SPD) veteran patrol officers Jeremy Wade and Ryan Gallagher. As officers on patrol, Jeremy and Ryan were no strangers to seeing difficult and challenging situations while on-duty, but perhaps nothing touched them more than when these officers responded to a house call in Seattle’s Central District and found two young girls without warm beds to sleep on.

Wanting to help, Jeremy and Ryan returned with brand new twin beds so that these young girls could get a good night’s sleep. Recognizing that there are many more children in our community in a similar situation as this family, the Beds for Kids Project was born to help provide for this most basic of necessities to children all throughout our city.

In its first year, the Beds for Kids Project was able to purchase, build and deliver 50 beds to families who needed the extra help. Together with the generous help of donors, Seattle Police Foundation volunteers, and IKEA, we showed that we as a community can make a real difference in the lives of those in-need.

In 2015, its second year, Beds for Kids built on the success of 2014 and provided 100 beds for children. This year, Beds for Kids hopes to continue building on its success and provide more than 100 beds for children all throughout our community. We cannot do it alone however. Please contribute to this important project. Help these great officers provide a warm bed for children in-need.

Donate to Beds for Kids

 

March 2015 Newsletter

SPF Helps Raise Funds for Pipes & Drums Band

 

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On March 7th, the Seattle Police Department Pipes & Drums band, in conjunction with the Seattle Police Foundation, held its Second Annual Auction and Dinner. This event was a great opportunity to honor a group of officers who give their own time to practice and play together at events all throughout the city. Of course, their primary role is to pay respects to officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

 The night’s event featured a reception, allowing the department and members of the community to interact, engage, and celebrate this important band. The evening’s event included a performance by The National Drum Band as well individual and group performances from the Pipes & Drums band themselves.

 There were a wide variety of auction items to raise money for the band including a ride with SPD Harbor Patrol, dinner with the chief, and an opportunity to have a private performance with Pipes & Drums. In total, the evening raised $40,000.

 SPD Pipes & Drums band was founded in 2011 after the tragic death of Officer Timothy Brenton who gave his life in the line of duty. Today, generous giving on behalf of members of the community allow Pipes & Drums to not just play at events in Seattle, but all over the world. This past year, Pipes & Drums had the opportunity to travel and perform in Ireland, and this year will be bringing their music and community outreach to Boston.

 

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April is National Volunteer Month!

 

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This April is National Volunteer Month and we at the Seattle Police Foundation want to take the time to recognize all of those people in our community who help us achieve our mission of creating a world class department and strong community partnerships. Events like Breakfast with the Chief, Precinct Picnics, and Holiday Luncheons would not be possible without the help and support of these dedicated volunteers. Please join us and thank those below, and the many others, who help make SPF what it is today.

Kim Anderson                              Bob Hanke                              Ray Parmley

Elena Azhgirei                              Mac Heric                              Darren Pilon

Gabrielle Benzschawel                 Jacob Heric                            Josh Ramsdell

Nate Blaschka                            Grace Heric                          Cyprus Richardson

Peter Boston                             Patricia Howard                          Sean Rita

Kayla Bunderson                         Vickie Huff                             Ryan Rivera

Onya Canmore                           Ryan Kemper                            Bob Robey

Howard Cohen                            Shari Koolistra                          Pat Robey

Owen Crandall                             Kim Kubie                           Jeannette Roden

Mellissa Deveney                       Darrin Lange                           Joey Singer

Noelle Donahue                          Julie Lange                          Tamra Smilanich

Brenda Donner                           Andrew Lion                           Noah Smith

Douglas Early                           Christina Llano                         Gabrielle Swe

Sina Ebinger                             Rebecca Llano                        Noreen Tanaka

Jeff Evans                                Lynette Lock                            Terryl Torrey

Ken Fagan                               Carrie McNally                        Shoko Toyama

Alan Forney                             Michelle McRae                     Nanette Toyoshima

Justin Fortner                          Jane Mensoff                          Elisabeth Vasquez

Issac Fuchs                             Troy Meyers                            David Wallace

Taran Gorman                          Maria Ortiz                              Paula Wesson

Cindy Grandard                       Abel Pacheco                          Jeanne Wicklund

Keenen Haack                        Keandrae Palmer                      Sophie Zilliak

Seattle Police Foundation – 2015

At the core of the Seattle Police Foundation’s work is the understanding that safe communities require partnerships between public safety professionals and the residential and business communities they serve. Understanding that to fulfill its mission of raising awareness and support for the Seattle Police Department, SPF plays an integral role in facilitating partnerships that support a safe and healthy Seattle. This year, SPF will be focusing on a number of initiatives that promote and support the health and safety of our city. Four of our priorities will include:

Domestic Violence (DV) Prevention and Intervention with a Focus on Victim-Driven Programming.

SPD is a national leader in innovative domestic violence programming, including the SPF supported Victim Support Team (VST) and DV Risk Assessment development. Building on SPD’s collaborative approach to domestic violence response, in 2015 SPF will be supporting the implementation of a best practice model Domestic Violence Response Center that will bring prosecutors, DV detectives, DV advocates, and interested community based providers into one center making access to services for victims and their children easier and collaboration between victim providers more effective and efficient.

Officer-Driven Community Support.

Seattle police officers have great ideas to help the community every year. As one example, this past year Officers Jeremy Wade and Ryan Gallagher, who are used to encountering difficult and challenging situations, while responding to a 911 call were saddened to find two young girls living without a proper beds. Not content to standby, the officers later returned to that same home with brand new twin beds from IKEA Seattle for the two young girls, both purchased from their own pockets. As a result of their experience, Officers Wade and Gallagher worked with SPF, IKEA and other volunteer officers to deliver more than 50 beds to kids in need in the Seattle area this year. Without SPF and our generous supporters ideas like Beds for Kids would not come to life. SPF looks forward to delivering even more beds in 2015.

Officer Health and Safety.

An officer is killed in the line of duty every 58 hours in this country. In 2015, SPF will purchase external body armor carriers that maintain the look of a normal officer uniform, not a military look. This investment is based on research that shows no other piece of law enforcement safety equipment has made such a fundamental difference in officer safety, saving the lives of nearly 4,000 U.S. law enforcement officers since its introduction. The opportunity to directly support officers on the beat is one of SPF’s driving forces.

Sexually Exploited Youth Programming.

Unfortunately, the belief that child prostitution only happens “over there” is just the first of many popular misconceptions. In Seattle alone, estimates as high as 500 boys and girls will be bought and sold each year. The average age of entry into commercial sexual exploitation in this country is 14–15; these children have been found in Seattle as young as 11.  Continuing our early support of programs addressing this horrific problem, SPF will focus on supporting coordinated responses to sexually exploited youth in 2015.

These are just four examples of the hundreds of programs the Foundation has supported in the last 14 years. The Seattle Police Foundation is proud to do its part to support a safe and healthy city.

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

We all have so much to be thankful for this year, and as we celebrate this week with our loved ones, the Seattle Police Foundation wants to wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving Day. As this Black Friday officially launches us into the holiday shopping season, we’d like to share ten safety tips from the National Crime Prevention Council:
  • Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
  • Shop online with companies you know and trust. Check a company’s background if you are not familiar with it. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
  • Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.
  • Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multi-use disposable credit cards or money orders, at online stores and auction sites.
  • Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.
  • Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
  • Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.
  • Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies if you are using mass transit.
  • If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you get separated. Select a central meeting place and make sure they know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.

 

I’m personally grateful of all the support you’ve given to the Seattle Police Foundation. Together we’re keeping our city safe. Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.
Renée
President & CEO

13th Annual Seattle Police Awards Banquet

Open House for the Mounted Patrol Unit on September 20, 2014

Picnics in the Precincts- Join us for the next one!