March 2015 Newsletter

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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!

 

South Precinct  Holiday Meal sponsored by the Seattle Police Foundation.  Food provided by Tuttabella

 

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

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

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

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Third Annual Downtown Night Out

For Immediate Release

August 1, 2014

 

Celebrating the Community and Crime Prevention in Downtown Seattle

Third Annual Downtown Night Out Against Crime brings neighbors, police together

in Pioneer Square

SEATTLE – Downtown residents and Seattle Police officers will come together from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5 in Pioneer Square for the Third Annual Downtown Night Out Against Crime.  Part of the National Night Out Against Crime program, Downtown Night Out will provide crime prevention tips, free food and live music as an informative and fun backdrop to meet neighbors and get to know the Seattle Police Department’s specialty units including K-9, mounted patrol and more.

 

Night Out has become increasingly popular in Seattle, with more than 1,200 neighborhoods participating in the event with block parties in 2012 and more than 1,400 neighborhoods celebrating Night Out last year.

 

Night Out Against Crime is an opportunity for individual neighborhoods to renew their commitment to the following:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

 

The Occidental Square event will feature games for kids, food trucks, live music, appearances by new Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, mounted police, K-9 unit, and more.  A new element at this year’s event is a cornhole (bean bag toss) tournament between teams from different Downtown residential buildings.

The Downtown Seattle Association, Metropolitan Improvement District, Target, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Hotel Association, Seattle Police Foundation, Downtown Residents Council, and the Alliance for Pioneer Square are collaborating to produce this event.

For more information, press only:

Abel Pacheco, (206) 733-9372 or abel@seattlepolicefoundation.org

Randy Hurlow, (206) 613-3203 or randyh@downtownseattle.org

 

To view the official press release, please click here- Night Out Downtown Release

 

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Beds for Kids Form

Please help Officers Gallagher and Wade identify kids that need a bed. On September 6th, SPD, IKEA Seattle, and Seattle Police Foundation volunteers will be going around Seattle to deliver and assemble the beds. Please help us by filling out this form with families we can help. PLEASE NOTE: The beds will be delivered on a first come, first serve basis, and the number of beds available will be contingent on funding. Kids must be 18 years and younger.

Beds for Kids Project

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Seattle Police Department (SPD)  Officers Jeremy Wade and Ryan Gallagher are used to encountering difficult and challenging situations as Seattle Police Officers, but perhaps nothing touched them more than what they witnessed while responding to a 911 call in Seattle’s Central District. When they entered the home both officers were shocked and saddened to find two young girls living without a proper bed to sleep in.  Not content to ideally 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. Officers Wade described the grandparents with whom the young girls were living with as “surprised and very happy” to receive the beds and the girls themselves, “very excited about getting the beds” and even spent a few hours decorating their new room.

Despite their act of kindness, Officers Wade and Gallagher did not want to publicize their efforts and were simply happy to provide a service to two children they witnessed needing help. However, both officers began to reflect and recognized that what they witnessed that night during that police call was all too common a sight in their line of work. As Officer Wade put it, “there are probably hundreds of kids without beds in the Seattle area.”

To address this need in our community, the officers wanted to expand their efforts and founded The Beds for Kids Project in order to insure that Seattle’s children have a suitable place to sleep every night. Beds for Kids will be working in conjunction with the Seattle Police Foundation (SPF) to bring attention to this important issue in our community as well as raise money – all of which will go towards the purchase of new IKEA bedding supplies for those most at-risk in our city, kids. Officers Gallagher and Wade, and the Seattle Police Foundation, are excited to be working with IKEA Seattle who is generously donating five thousand dollars in bedding supplies to this cause.

On September 6th the Seattle Police Foundation, IKEA Seattle, and SPD officers volunteering their own time will help assemble as many beds as we’re able to purchase and distribute to children in-need throughout Seattle’s five SPD precincts. “This is an exciting project for the Seattle Police Foundation to be involved in and a great opportunity to both engage and positively affect our community,” said Seattle Police Foundation President and CEO, Renée Hopkins.

So far the Seattle Police Foundation has received two thousand dollars in donations for the Beds for Kids Project but given the scope of this effort, we need much more. Any donation helps and all donations go towards providing each child with a complete IKEA  bed set. With your help and donations we can purchase the following items:

$25 – Purchases a pillow and sheets

$50 – Adds a pillowcase and blanket

$100 – Adds a mattress

$125 – Adds a bed frame

$300 – Purchases the entire bed set

Help Officers Wade and Gallagher provide a comfortable and warm bed for kids in our community by donating today.

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Please help Officers Gallagher and Wade identify kids that need a bed. On September 6th, SPD, IKEA Seattle, and Seattle Police Foundation volunteers will be going around Seattle to deliver and assemble the beds. Please help us by filling out this form with families we can help.

PLEASE NOTE: The beds will be delivered on a first come, first serve basis, and the number of beds available will be contingent on funding. Kids must be 18 years and younger

 

Program Update: While this project will be ongoing, here is a video of SPD officers delivering beds on September 6, 2014.

The Beds for Kids Project from Video Unit on Vimeo.

Donate to Beds for Kids