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.
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!

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



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


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.


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

June Newsletter

Become A Mentor!

The If Project is looking for female volunteers who are interested in mentoring incarcerated women before and after their release from Prison.


The mentors’ role is to assist the women with reentry, providing links to social, health and financial services, counseling and mental health services, educational opportunities, veteran’s benefits and general “rules of the road” once on the outside. Some of the women may have been in long enough not to know about up to date technology and the internet, ORCA cards, even establishing a bank account. Job training  and employment connections will also be critical.


We need a two year commitment and about 4 hours of contact per month. This includes weekly check ins with the mentees on the phone or through email and an in person contact at least once a month.


Research shows that the first 6 months out for a formally incarcerated person is critical – if they find success during that period, their chances of long term success sky rockets. Some of what you will be doing includes education referrals,  assisting with applications, job training and readiness referrals, housing referrals, referrals to groups that help them stay clean and sober, and helping them to find socially acceptable peer groups.


You do not have to have any experience in social services to mentor! We will provide you with training and support throughout the entire process. The work will be challenging but incredibly rewarding.


If you are interested, please fill out this Mentor Application and send it to melissa@theifproject.com.
Or you can find out more information by going to http://www.theifproject.com/get-involved/volunteer/.