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 two of the attendees said about their experience attending the course in summer 2018.

I am incredibly grateful to the Police Foundation for sending me to the Senior Management Institute of Police (SMIP). The three-week academic program is of superb quality and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend. As an intensive leadership boot camp, I studied under the instruction of professors from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, John Hopkins, and other top caliber universities.  

In addition to the excellent academics, the program offered numerous opportunities for networking. My class consisted of more than 80 senior law enforcement leaders from all across North America. Classroom discussions focused on organizational problems being faced by all of our agencies. Regardless of the size or geography of any one particular police department many of our challenges remain the same.  

When I am developing a project or looking at how to improve practices within our department, I access my network of classmates to learn and share best practices. The information and professional contacts I gleaned from the program will support my work throughout the rest of my career. 

The opportunity to attend SMIP would not have been possible without the Police Foundation. I am grateful for your continuing support of the men and women of our great department.     

Commander Jeff Strossner


 

I participated as a member of the 73rd Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) class. This class, created and coordinated by the Police Executive Research Forum, is three weeks in length covering topics such as leadership, negotiation, human and organizational behavior, and decision-making. The instructors were professionals in the academic world from schools like Harvard, MIT, Simmons, and Johns Hopkins or Police Executives who have "been there, done that" sharing their experiences. The class was made up of 83 law enforcement professionals with a myriad of experience creating a networking extravaganza. Truly, a top notch learning opportunity and for me a great foundation to draw upon as a new commander.

Personally, I was amazed at the level of expertise and the strategic delivery of topics by the instructors. They were all personable, humorous, and dedicated to providing the best, up to date information to the group. The Bostonian environment was the perfect venue for this experience. The dorms at BU were great and within walking distance of all classes and had access to public transportation that could take you anywhere in Boston. The mix of the academic day and social events made the experience even more fun with visits to the Kennedy Library, Boston Common, Duck Boat tours, and evening dinners with the class.

Overall, the learning experience was one that I will never forget and I would recommend it to anyone wishing to build or develop their skills as a leader or police professional. I would also thank the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs for providing me this opportunity. The course is costly and would not have been possible without their generous tuition donation.

Commander Dave Edmondson


 

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 2018, the Foundation provided $58,941.33 to the department to support:
  • CAPS Volunteer Luncheon: $1,200
  • Medical Trauma Kits and MTK replacement items: $8,822.73
  • Senior Management Institute for Police registration (professional development): $20,000
  • Illumination Project support: $5,000
  • Protect Effect Campaign support: $2,500
  • Pikes Peak Peace Officer's Memorial support: $2,000
  • K9 Officer Advanced Training Kit: $1,000
  • K9 E-collar Training System: $319.99
  • K9 Unit Training Cards: $898.81
  • Chief Richard Myers Scholarship Program Awards: $10,000
  • Shield616 to buy Tactical Vest Packages for CSPD officers: $7,200
During 2017, the Foundation provided $229,125.18 to the department to support:
  • CAPS Volunteer Luncheon: $1,200
  • Shield616 to buy Tactical Vest Kits for 185 CSPD officers: $185,000
  • Mass Violence Training for CSPD: $16,388
  • UCCS Leadership Conference/Support for CSPD: $5,000
  • Medical Trauma Kits and MTK replacement items: $11,537.18
  • Chief Richard Myers Scholarship Program Awards: $10,000
During 2016, the Foundation provided $33,757.27 to the department to support:
  • Denver Police Foundation Heroes Luncheon: $1,200
  • Medical Trauma Kits and replacement items: $5,957.27
  • Pikes Peak Region Peace Officers Memorial: $2,000
  • Cadet Explorer Program Conference: $1,600
  • Chief Richard Myers Scholarship Program Awards: $3,000
  • Shield616 (Tactical equipment purchases): $15,000
  • Body worn camera grant: $5,000
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