Foundation Impact

Funding History

The Seattle Police Foundation helps keep Seattle safe by raising awareness and support for the Seattle Police Department. SPF does this by responding to requests from Seattle police officers to support programs and projects they believe will help them do their jobs better-more safely, efficiently and effectively. We also do this by ensuring the Seattle community has opportunities to interact with their police force in non-enforcement situations and to learn about the police department.

Community Partnerships

The Seattle Police Foundation supports the Department’s Community Outreach Program, working to create and strengthen programs and communication efforts that build trust between police and minority communities. Programs focus on working with immigrant and minority communities that have developed fears of working with the police department. Funds from the Foundation assist SPD in making over 1,200 positive contacts annually with members of Seattle’s minority communities with such events as Night Out Against Crime, Year of Hope 2007, Demographic Student Success Parent Workshop, and Role Reversal demonstrations.

Employee Development

The Seattle Police Foundation promotes strategies that support the Department’s mission of excellence by providing funds to the Department for employee development and recognition.  Funds support an Annual Awards Banquet, where police officers and civilians are publicly recognized for bravery, valor, and for going above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis.  Since 2005, SPF funds have supported SPD’s Hospital Response Team that provide care to families when officers are hospitalized or killed in the line of duty, Critical Incident Stress Management Training, and SPD’s Family Support Group that provides much needed support for new officers and their families.  SPF additionally provides funds to the Department to assist SPD employees in obtaining education or training in subjects and fields that are directly related to their job, increase effectiveness in their work, and prepare for career advancement within SPD.

Police Service Enhancements

The Seattle Police Foundation supports the latest in policing technologies. By investing in the latest crime fighting and lifesaving technology, SPF is able to help keep our front line officers and the public safe from harm. In the last year we have helped fund a variety of these initiatives including cutting edge bicycle helmets to insure officer safety and advanced bike training to keep both officers and the public safe during protests. The Foundation helped purchase personal tourniquets and body armor carriers, all to help those who sacrifice for us and stay safe on the streets.