Police Foundation: Focus on Education

As frequent readers of this column know, the main mission of the Police Foundation is to help insure that the men and women of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department have the tools they need to keep us safe. We refer often to the Equipment, Training and Technology needs of the police department.

There are other areas that the Foundation focuses on as well. These are community outreach programs aimed at helping to keep our City a safe place to live, learn, work, and play.

Our scholarship fund is one of those community outreach programs focused on education. Each year for the past 5 years the Foundation has offered two or more scholarships to help lessen the financial burden of those pursuing a higher education degree. The program is open to dependents of all families residing in the City of Palm Beach Gardens as well as to the dependents of current employees of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department.

In February, we were pleased to announce that we had received a $15,000 contribution through a local resident and that those funds were designated for the sole purpose of supporting our scholarship program. To recognize his 40 years of outstanding service to the company, the Radian Group (NYSE: RDN), a private mortgage insurance, risk management and real estate services company asked their chairman, Mr. Herb Wender, to name his charity of choice. Mr. Wender, a resident of Palm Beach Gardens, selected the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Commenting on the donation, S.A. Ibrahim, Chief Executive Officer of Radian Group said “… we look forward to building on the Foundation’s success and helping to lessen the financial burden of higher education for more Palm Beach Gardens families.”

Details on the Foundation’s “Herb and Penny Wender Scholarship Fund” can be found at www.pbgpf.org/scholarships.

The Foundation’s tuition reimbursement fund is another community outreach program focused on education. Studies have shown that police officers with experience in psychology, sociology and other college-taught disciplines are often more adept to addressing the issues they face on a daily basis and make better decisions when dealing with confrontations. They demonstrate better overall job performance and have greater advancement opportunities than their colleagues without a college degree.

The Foundation’s Tuition Reimbursement Program was established in 2015 to reimburse the education expenses of those Palm Beach Gardens Police Officers interested in obtaining a college degree from an accredited higher education institution.

Again, in February, we were pleased to announce that we had received a $10,000 contribution from a local resident who chose to remain anonymous. Those funds were designated for the sole purpose of supporting our tuition reimbursement program and will allow the Foundation to extend its support into the coming years.

The Foundation believes that by police officers continuing their education they make themselves a current and relevant asset to both the agency and to the residents of the City of Palm Beach Gardens.

Details on the Foundation’s tuition reimbursement program can be found at www.pbgpf.org/reimburse.

The Police Foundation website is at www.pbgpf.org

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