The Salem Police Foundation (SPF) received the Al Loucks Business-Government Partnership Award at the City of Salem Volunteer Service Award event Oct. 29 at the Salem Public Library. The recognition honors a business making a major contribution to a city program or project.
At the ceremony, City Councilor Tom Andersen told the audience that “this year alone the Foundation has raised over $175,000. These monies have been used to replace three retiring canine police dogs and provided funded health care for retired police dogs.” He also noted that “The Salem Police Foundation was an early and energetic supporter of the Mobile Command Center.”
Andersen added, “The SPF sponsorships of events enriches relationships between the police and the community and in turn addresses funding gaps to ensure officers have what they need to deliver top-notch services to the community.”
SPF Executive Director Mary Louise VanNatta complimented the work of the SPF Board and Salem Police Department’s liaisons to the Foundation. “Each one of our volunteer board leaders is dedicated to helping our officers both human and K9. Each individual and business donor makes it possible for the Foundation to obtain the extra-budgetary items so critical to keeping our community safe.”
The Foundation recently completed its portion of the fundraising for a Mobile Command Center.
The community is invited to its annual Breakfast with the Chief Feb. 20, 2019, at the Salem Convention Center.
For more information visit www.SalemPoliceFoundation.org.