Police Foundation: Community Outreach Programs

The last quarter of each year brings a lot of activity to the Police Foundation.

It all starts in early October as we partner with a local company, this year Allied Universal Security Services, to co-sponsor “National Night Out Against Crime” or NNO. This year’s National Night Out was held on Friday, October 6th in the City’s Municipal Complex on Burns Road. The event was a family affair with food vendors, games for the kids, static displays of trucks and of course a number of exhibits and demonstrations by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department as well as Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue, Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Forestry and others. Highlights seemed to be the Police SWAT team demonstration, the four Police K9’s and their handlers, the children’s SWAT obstacle course, the Crime Scene Experience and of course the landing of the Sheriff’s helicopter. The evening is designed to enhance the relationship between law enforcement and the community – and by all accounts was very successful in doing so. Crowd size varies but a conservative estimate puts the number of people there at well over 2,000.

A mere two weeks later came the 10th Annual Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation Golf Tournament.

After a fabulous pre-event reception at Brio Tuscan Grille in The Gardens Mall, nearly 200 avid golfers descended the next morning on both the Champion and the Fazio courses at the PGA National Resort. The Presenting Sponsor this year was Click2FindLocal.com, the Internet’s Local Neighborhood Directory headquartered in Riviera Beach. The Platinum sponsor was United Technologies. Both Click2FindLocal.com and United Technologies have been sponsors of our event for a number of years. Following a hearty breakfast, the golfers headed out to their golf carts where they found a well packed gift bag before driving out to their assigned tees. The Tournament was an outstanding event and raised the funds needed to support a number of youth programs in the city including our Palm Beach Gardens Police Explorer Post, the Ball Stars Youth Basketball Camp, the Suits for (HS) Seniors program and other youth related projects.

It’s worthy of note that our PBG Police Explorer Post finished FIRST in the Regional Explorer competition this past summer and SECOND in the entire 2017 State of Florida competition. Well done Officer Sharon and your team of Explorer advisors! And of course, congratulations to the Palm Beach Gardens Police Explorers themselves for their commitment and dedication to training. Many of them will make fine Police Officers in the years to come.

November brings a bit of a respite for the Foundation itself, but not for everyone. The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department Honor Guard will be participating in the Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday November 11th at 11:00 AM. The event honors those who have served and those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. And hopefully everyone will be celebrating a fabulous Thanksgiving Day on November 23rd. The Police Foundation hopes that your homes will be filled with laughter and happiness as we celebrate Thanksgiving and throughout the coming year.

In December, the Police Foundation will once again conduct its annual campaign. The funds raised each year go to ensuring that the men and women of our Palm Beach Gardens Police Department have the Equipment, Training and Technology they need to keep us safe at home, at work and as we shop and enjoy this wonderful part of the world in which we live. With nearly 90% of the City’s Police budget going to support personnel and ongoing operational costs, the Police Foundation’s role is to raise additional funds for those items not covered in the budget.

Please keep an eye on your mailbox for our mailing… and be as generous as you can be to help ensure we continue to have the finest Police Department in all of South Florida.

Remember, It takes a community effort to keep us safe.

 

Tom Murphy was elected president and CEO of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation, Inc. in 2007. Before helping to form the Foundation, he was a marketing executive with the IBM Corporation and earlier a member of the Nassau County (NY) Police Department.

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