About the Foundation
The Police Foundation of Colorado Springs is a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding the Colorado Springs Police Department. Through donations of funds and resources, the Foundation supports Colorado Springs police officers by promoting excellence within the department, and improving public safety for the city of Colorado Springs by providing resources not otherwise readily available from traditional sources.
“As the nation’s 41st largest city, our police force faces many challenges on a day-to-day basis,” said Kyle Hybl, chairman for the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs. “The Police Foundation of Colorado Springs provides an important avenue for the private sector to come alongside the department and support its mission.”
In the United States, police foundations trace their history back to July 22, 1970, when Ford Foundation president McGeorge Bundy announced the establishment of a Police Development Fund to foster improvement and innovation in American policing.
Now commonly known as a police foundation, the prevalence of these organizations spread across the nation in no time with notable police foundations representing major police departments across the United States. With the support of police foundations, innovations, social experiments, and community policing occurred in police departments nationwide.
Traditionally, police foundations support police departments with resources not available from their respective cities. As the major source of private support, police foundations share in the vision that communities are made safer and better places to live thanks to the hard work and dedication of police officers.
Police foundations serve local police departments by fundraising, granting tax-exempt gifts and individual donations to improve the effectiveness of police activities. To serve and protect to the best of their abilities, police departments need to keep pace with advanced technology, new equipment, and professional development. Police foundations help in this process by serving as a flexible arm of support.
Police Foundation makes an impact
The Police Foundation’s first grant to the Colorado Springs Police Department helped send three of the Department’s senior leaders to the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University. Here is what one of the attendees said about his experience.
One of the significant benefits of attending SMIP, beyond the education, was the ability to network with the Command Staff of over 60 Law Enforcement agencies from throughout the United States and Canada. I have already sent requests for information and best practice questions to other attendees and have received timely responses with recommendations. The academic training that I received was intensive and touched on best management practices and theories as well as innovative solutions to organizational problems. There was significant value placed on our classroom discussions related to issues impacting agencies during these times of economic hardship. I felt I received quality training that is normally only available to the private sector.
Deputy Chief Vincent Niski
Colorado Springs Police Department
Police Foundation grants, contributions
Police Foundation of Colorado Springs continues supporting the Colorado Springs Police Department through grants and contributions supporting professional development and a variety of other programs.
During 2015, the Foundation provided $84,030 to the department to support:
- Denver Police Foundation Heroes Luncheon: $750
- Pikes Peak Regional Peace Officers Memorial: $1,500
- New Medical Trauma Kits and replacement items: $37,680
- 2016 Community Advancing Public Safety luncheon: $1,000
- NAACP Freedom Fund Sponsorship: $2,000
- Colorado Training Institute for Public Safety (design planning for new regional firing range): $25,000
- Women's Leadership Institute (professional develpment): $3,600
- Senior Management Institute for Police registration (professional development): $10,000
- First responders session (following Nov. 27, 2015 mass casualty shooting): $2,500
During 2014, the Foundation provided $49,270 to the department to support:
- Senior Management Institute for Police registration fees (Professional Development): $4,500
- Cadet Explorer Program: $2,275
- Pikes Peak Law Enforcement Memorial: $1,000
- Chief Richard W. Myers Scholarships: $3,500
- Victim Advocacy Unit Interview Rooms: $25,000
- Victim Advocacy Unit Van (in cooperation with McCloskey Motors): $12,995