By Michael J. Carroll, Chief of Police (Retired), West Goshen Township Police Department, West Goshen, Pennsylvania; Immediate Past President, IACP; Chair, IACP Foundation
s I look back on my year as chair of the IACP Foundation, I have several thoughts I would like to share with you. First and foremost, I want to say “thank you” to the IACP membership for its support of the Foundation.
We in law enforcement are not among the highest paid professionals in the world, although we are certainly among the proudest. That is why it is so meaningful when the Foundation receives a donation from a member—whether it is for $10 or $100. The Foundation reaches out to the membership in a variety of ways throughout the year, including during the dues renewal process, around the holidays with the “end of year giving appeal,” through leadership giving campaigns, and through special events such as the Annual IACP Foundation Fundraising Gala and the silent auctions at the annual IACP conference.
Charitable giving is a very personal decision, particularly in these challenging economic times, and it is an acknowledgment of the important work that the Foundation does when the IACP membership becomes an integral part of our fundraising efforts.
The Foundation and the Private Sector
In addition to the support of the membership, the Foundation must rely on additional streams of revenue to maintain operations and fund the development and promotion of programs. This is where our friends in the private sector have risen to the challenge by investing heavily in the initiatives of the Foundation.
Over the past year, the Foundation Board has discussed the increasing role that businesses must play in the field of law enforcement and community policing. Safer streets mean better business for everyone, and the corporate members of the Foundation Board have demonstrated that by their endowment of gifts or in-kind programmatic services. The following are outstanding examples of how our board has answered some of the needs of contemporary policing:
The Target Law Enforcement Business Fellowship. This two-week training program, based on several of Target’s most effective courses, was revised and geared toward law enforcement command staff. The July 2011 fellowship hosted nine law enforcement command staff candidates, and all costs associated with the program were covered by a grant from Target through the IACP Foundation.
The Motorola Digital Six Sigma (DSS) Class. This two-day workshop shared general DSS concepts, introducing specific problemsolving tools that a chief or command staff leader could bring back to an agency to more effectively review and revise current operations such as booking processes or recruitment and retention. This class was provided by Motorola at no cost for 16 chiefs in the suburban Chicago area.
Intrado Inc.’s Sponsorship of the Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management “Women’s Senior Leadership Program.” One scholarship, valued at approximately $21,000, was awarded to an outstanding female in law enforcement to attend four sessions at Northwestern University over the course of the year, during which the recipient received intensive instruction on leadership strategy, implementing change, motivation of personnel, and promoting innovation.
Survivors’ Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) Program. As part of the Survivors’ Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) Program, the Blauer family of Blauer Manufacturing Company Incorporated provides a $1,000 scholarship annually to the dependant family members of officers fallen or permanently disabled in the line of duty. In addition to the Blauer family, both the IACP Foundation and IACP Executive Director Daniel Rosenblatt and his wife, Lonie Hassel, endow additional SELECT scholarships at $2,500 and $1,000, respectively.
Lockheed Martin. This is the founding corporate partner and sponsor for five consecutive years of the Annual IACP Foundation Fundraising Gala, our most important annual fundraising event.
Closing Thoughts on Partnerships and Collaborative Policing
The IACP Foundation is not the only law enforcement nonprofit to benefit from the generosity and interest of the private sector. Police departments across the country are becoming increasingly savvy about engaging local businesses in the fight against crime by establishing—and appropriately deploying the resources of—police foundations. Both the IACP Police Foundations Section and the newly launched National Police Foundations Project (funded by the Community Oriented Policing Services office and Target) provide guidance and information to agencies interested in forming police foundations to more strategically utilize community resources.
In the coming year, the IACP Foundation will continue to encourage the involvement of corporate partners by launching its Corporate Affiliate Program, which will provide a forum for like-minded organizations that want to invest in the future of professional policing through the programs and services of the Foundation.
It is my hope that both the leadership and the membership of the IACP, along with our corporate partners, will continue the growth and expansion of the Foundation. It is an incredibly valuable resource in our continuing effort to provide professional development for the law enforcement leaders of tomorrow and to honor those who have made tremendous sacrifices for professional policing. ■
|The IACP Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established to solicit, receive, administer, and expend funds for law enforcement–related charitable and educational purposes. Donations may be tax deductible; please check with your personal tax adviser. The foundation’s federal tax ID number is 54-1576762.|