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The Boston Police Foundation is a non-profit organization created to help the brave men and women of the Boston Police Department perform their jobs to the utmost of their abilities.

Your donation strengthens vital technological and professional development programs for Boston Police Officers – programs that improve performance and offer support to those risking their safety to ensure ours. The BPF does not contribute to Department salaries, pensions, or overtime. Its job is to close the gap when funding falls short.

The Foundation invests in special equipment, advanced training, new technology, officer safety and wellness, and youth outreach programs not covered in the department’s annual budget. It exists to advance public safety for the City of Boston by funding programs for Boston’s Finest.

When Boston needs help, members of the Boston Police Department respond. Heroically and without hesitation. They’re trained to sacrifice their lives to protect ours. Help fund programs that can save theirs.

News

Spreading the word.

BPD Mourns the Passing of On Duty Officer Dennis O. Simmonds

It is with deep regret that the Boston Police Department announces the passing away of on-duty Police Officer Dennis O. Simmonds.

Officer Simmonds, assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force was rushed to the hospital yesterday after suffering a medical emergency. After valiant efforts to save Officer Simmonds, by Department and hospital personnel, he passed away late yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Simmonds family and friends during this very difficult time.

Officer Simmonds was a highly decorated and beloved member of the Boston Police Department. The Boston Police Foundation recently awarded him the 2014 Boston Police Foundation Heroes Award. He served the Department with dedication for 6 years. He was appointed in 2008, assigned to District B-3 and in 2012 became a member of the Youth Violence Strike Force. He was 28-years-old.

Officer Simmonds was honored at our most recent Boston Police Relief Association Awards Ceremony, earning the Department's highest honor, the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal for his bravery during the initial Watertown shoot-out following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

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The blue line in the shadows

It says something about our culture that the only reason a lot of people know that Pat Rogers killed himself is because he was on a reality TV show.

Pat Rogers was a good police officer, well-liked and respected. I met him and found him to be a very decent, down-to-earth Dorchester guy, from a family where the pride in police work ran deep.

But like many cops, he faced pressures that can over time fashion a black hole that seems insurmountably deep. More

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To see a hero, just look at a Boston cop

By the grace of God and six inches, a young Boston cop will get to spend Christmas with his family after taking a bullet in his bicep in a confrontation with the lawlessness that roams the streets of this city these days. More

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events

What's on our radar.

  1. March 22

    The Boston Police Foundation Gala

    The 1st Annual Boston Police Foundation was a huge success. Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors for a truly amazing night. Your support will go a long way in helping the brave men and women of the Boston Police Department. We look forward to seeing you there next year!

    To see all of the pictures from this year's gala please CLICK HERE.

    Additional Sponsors:

    The Boston Police Foundation Gala

    The 1st Annual Boston Police Foundation was a huge success. Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors for a truly amazing night. Your support will go a long way in helping the brave men and women of the Boston Police Department. We look forward to seeing you there next year!

    To see all of the pictures from this year's gala please CLICK HERE.

    Sponsored by John Hancock
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Programs

Crime evolves fast. Help the BPD evolve even faster.

Officer Wellness

Educational programs help BPD members through traumatic experiences and personal tragedies.

Boston Police officers are human. They don’t simply forget the cases they investigate. The Boston Police Foundation supports programs that help cops shoulder post-incident stress, anxiety, and depression. Through structured group discussions and seminars, the Department’s Peer Support Unit and Critical Incident Stress Management Team guide members of the BPD through traumatic experiences, like line-of-duty shootings, high-speed pursuits, and personal tragedies.

It’s an unfortunate reality that more cops are killed annually nationwide by their own firearms than by firearms of violent criminals. The Suicide Prevention Training is a concerted effort by the Boston Police Department to combat that statistic. BPF funded programs give members of the BPD access to peer support groups and professional counselors specializing in suicide prevention. These outlets support Police Officers through post-incident stress and ensure that they can continue to protect and serve the City of Boston.

The goal of every officer-wellness initiative is to educate members of the BPD. The Foundation supports these programs because it believes in the welfare of those who risk their lives for the City of Boston.

Stress and anxiety are part of the job. Dealing with them alone shouldn’t be. 

Crime Watch

Crime Watch builds trust between the people of Boston and the police officers that protect them.

Members of the Boston Police Department are members of the Boston community, with as much at stake in the safety of the city’s neighborhoods as the people they protect. Programs like Crime Watch champion the belief that fighting crime is a communal responsibility, built on cooperation and bolstered by trust.

Donations through the Boston Police Foundation help fund “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” a community event that increases awareness of police programs in groups taking part in drug-prevention and town-watch efforts. It’s a movement that’s growing. In 1984, 2.5 million people across 400 communities participated in “America’s Night Out Against Crime”; in 2006, that number jumped to 35.2 million people in 11,100 communities.

Boston thrives when its citizens trust each other. Your donation to the BPF strengthens the bond between protectors and protected. 

Crime Stoppers & Text-a-tip

The Crime Stoppers Hotline and Text-A-Tip programs offer communities real-time tools to fight crime.

The Crime Stoppers Hotline and Text-A-Tip programs give communities real-time tools to fight crime. Since the inception of the programs, information from anonymous phone calls and texts has led to arrests in numerous cases, including homicides, aggravated assaults, car-jackings, and home invasions.

The non traceable and unrecorded Crime Stoppers Hotline sends information directly to trained personnel of the BPD, allowing them to piece together relevant tips in ongoing investigations. The Text-A-Tip program was introduced in 2007, pioneering efforts in community policing by offering immediate communication between concerned citizens and police officers.

These programs are completely anonymous. Phone numbers remain private, and only information provided voluntarily will be given to police. In meritorious cases where the information leads to an arrest and indictment of a murderer, the tipster may receive up to $1,000 in cash.

The BPD needs every bit of information to solve crime. Your phone is more powerful than you think.

Call in your anonymous tip to: 1-800-494 –TIPS

Text your anonymous tip to: “CRIME” or 27463

Tech Tools

Intelligence from the Real Time Crime Center gives Boston cops the data they need when they need it.

The Boston Police Foundation funds the technological tools that make the Boston Police Department one of the most advanced and best -equipped Police forces in the country. Identification systems like Bullet Trax and Shot Spotter allow the BPD to pinpoint and identify criminals’ firearms with unrivaled accuracy.

At the Real-Time Crime Center, members of the BPD monitor ongoing incidents and send real-time data to units in the field. The intelligence from the Crime Center gives Boston cops the data they need when they need it, allowing them to make quick and informed judgments on the scene. For the BPD, direct access to resources like the Real-Time Crime Center means deeper understanding of complex gang environments and identifications of major-impact criminals. Data gathered from the Crime Center also improves the BPD’s counter-terrorism capacity, giving them swift access to resources in moments of crisis.

Generous donations come from both private and public organizations. In January of 2013, donor John F. Fish of Suffolk Construction funded the purchase of 100 iPads through the BPF, ensuring the Boston Police Department has every crime fighting tool at its disposal. A month later, the National Insurance Crime Bureau donated a 2000 Honda Civic to the Department for use as bait to catch car thieves.

Donating to the Boston Police Foundation sustains these innovative programs and allows Boston Police Officers to fight crime with speed and accuracy.

The BPF sponsors the gadgets on the utility belts of real life superheroes, helping the brave men and women of the BPD fight crime in record time.

History

Keeping watch since 1631.

In 1631, the Town of Boston organized a Night Watch to guard the town and keep it safe. The watch was the first of its kind, laying the foundation for what would become the City’s first Police Force.

The Town has grown since then, but the brave men and women of the Boston Police Department continue to watch over its people.

Today, The Boston Police Foundation honors those who go above and beyond by presenting the following awards:

The Ezekiel W. Hodsdon Police Officer of the Year Award:

This award is presented to an officer who exceeds the expectations of his/her job requirements by demonstrating an excellent work ethic, advanced expertise in law enforcement activities and exceptional teamwork in both routine and crisis situations. In addition to going above and beyond in his/her performance as a police officer, he/she is extremely dedicated to supporting the community.

The Thomas J. Norton Investigator of the Year Award:

This award is presented to an investigator who exhibits a remarkable work ethic, the ability to work exceedingly well with both colleagues and the public during investigations, works diligently to ensure the successful prosecution of offenders and who exemplifies an eagerness to add value to his/her community.

The Frederick Schlehuber Outstanding Leadership Award:

This award is presented to the supervisory level officer who performs with excellence and shows exemplary leadership through his/her dedication to the members and mission of the Boston Police Department. This officer inspires others to perform their duties with the utmost integrity and is dedicated to serving the community beyond the call of duty.

The Marie Conley Civilian of the Year Award:

This award is presented to the civilian member of the Boston Police Department who has made exceptional contributions on and off the job. This individual shows an incredible commitment to his/her job, exemplifies teamwork, and is passionate about improving the safety and well-being of all communities within the city of Boston.

The Boston Police Foundation Hero’s Award

This award is presented to the Officer (or Officers) who have demonstrated exceptional strength, courage, fortitude, sacrifice and service during a time of crisis. The individual(s) selected for this award will have upheld the finest traditions of the Boston Police Department during the heroic performance of his/her (their) duty under the most grave and critical of circumstances. 

Your donation to the Boston Police Foundation honors that legacy of service, and gives current members of the BPD the tools they need protect and serve future generations of grateful Bostonians.

About

Boston's citizens helping Boston's finest.

The Boston Police Foundation was formed in 1993 to provide private financial support for critically needed resources to the Boston Police Department, the oldest police department in the country. Our supporters help fund special equipment, advanced training, new technology, officer safety and wellness, and youth outreach programs not covered in its annual budget.

Board Members

  • Board President:  Robert J. Long, President – Bob Long Investigations Group LLC
  • Board Treasurer: Carl Jenkins, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps LLC
  • Board Clerk: Thomas M. McGovern, Ed.D, President – Fisher College

Ex Offico Members

  • William Evans, Police Commissioner – Boston Police Department
  • Sharon Hanson, Chief of Staff for Police Commissioner Davis – Boston Police Department
  • Deputy Colm Lydon – Boston Police Department

Committees

  • Executive Committee: Robert Long, Chair. Arthur DeMoulas, William Keyser, Blake Norton, Richard Parry.
  • Finance Committee:Lawrence Curran, John Sprague, Carl Jenkins.
  • Public Relations & Event Support Committee: William Keyser, Robert Long, Thomas McGovern.
  • Police Department Support Committee:Richard Parry, Chair. George Bugler, Robert Guttentag, John Sprague.
  • Community & Youth Programming Committee: Blake Norton, Chair. George Bugler.

Directors

  • George W. Bugler, Assistant Vice President, Investigations: RBS Americas, Corporate Security Services, RBS Business Services – RBS Citizens Bank
  • Lawrence T. Curran, Investigative Counsel and Senior Consultant - Pinkerton
  • Edward Davis, Former Police Commissioner, Boston Police Department
  • Arthur S. DeMoulas, Principal – Ten Mountain Capital
  • Robert Guttentag
  • Will Keyser, President – Keyser Public Strategies
  • Blake Norton, Division Director, Local Government Initiatives - CSG Justice Center
  • Richard A. Parry, Executive Director, Global Security - Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research Cambridge, MA
  • Kevin Phelan, CRE Co-Chair Boston – Colliers International
  • John R. Sprague, Esq., Attorney at Law
  • George Regan, Founder Regan Communications Group Inc.

Contact

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Address

BOSTON POLICE FOUNDATION

11 Arlington Street

Boston, MA 02116

Phone (617) 262-7200
Email bpf@bostonpolicefoundation.org
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