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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

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Update From Our President

Summer is typically a time for change in the day-to-day routine of organizations. Things tend to go at a bit slower pace; vacation time takes the place of meeting time; projects wrap up or go on hiatus. However, the Boston Police Foundation has been remained busy this summer! In my last post, I told you about two disbursements of your generous donations that were made in June and July. These disbursements benefited the Boston Police Relief Association and supported a technology initiative for the Boston Police Department.

In August, we have been busy on both the operations of the Foundation and the execution of the mission of the Foundation.

-Working with a legal consulting team from Proskauer Rose, LLP, we have been developing new operating guidelines to ensure that as a Foundation we remain consistent, transparent and fully compliant with the many requirements incumbent upon a charitable organization like ours. The Boston Police Foundation takes its mission seriously and performing this kind of work is a best practice for philanthropic groups.

-Additionally, we are making plans for two spectacular Fall fund raising events. These promise to be evenings of fun, laughter, camaraderie all in the name of a good and worthy cause!

-Finally, we have received a request for an additional disbursement of funds for a project that will touch each member of the Boston Police Department. Our Board will vote on this request at our next meeting and I will report back to you in my September post on the details.

It is a privilege to support the men and women of the Boston Police Department who every day put their lives on the line for us!

With gratitude to our donors and to the men and women in blue,

Dick Parry
President, Boston Police Foundation

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Update From Our President

The Boston Police Foundation has been busy this past month putting your generous donations to good work! This month we had the privilege of making two disbursements of funds which will benefit all the men and women of the Boston Police Department.

On July 7th, I had the privilege, along with Board Member Bob Long, of presenting a check in the amount of $25,000 to the Boston Police Relief Association. This organization has as its mission to provide financial support in the event of the death of any of its more than 2,100 members. The ability to honor an officer who has passed, whether on duty or as a retired member who faithfully carried out his or her duties for years, and to provide financial support to the family is in the best traditions of any police department. We are proud to support that cause.

Further, at our June 18th meeting of the Boston Police Foundation Board, we authorized $20,000 for the acquisition of camera technology designed to proactively alert the Boston Police Department to potential crime. This is technology that will be deployed in the future, but our partial funding of this initiative in a proactive manner demonstrates our belief in the mission of the Boston Police Department to prevent crime as well as to respond to it.

Please stay tuned to this page to learn more about how the Boston Police Foundation is using your charitable giving to better the mission of the Boston Police Department and to support the men and women who every day put their lives on the line for us!

With gratitude to our donors and all the members of the Boston Police Department,

Dick Parry
President, Boston Police Foundation

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Boston Police Foundation Donates $20,000 to the BPD for ALPR Cameras

In accordance with our mission to assist the Boston Police Department in protecting Boston’s communities through Technological Advances, we decided to donate $20,000 to purchase two Fixed Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) Cameras for the Boston Police Department. Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) helps police do their jobs more effectively. Every day, in every jurisdiction, there is a list of license numbers to watch for and this equipment allows officers to identify and investigate appropriately.

The Fixed ALPR cameras purchased by the BPD and Boston Police Foundation will provide license plate monitoring at 5 intersections in selected Boston neighborhoods to help prevent and reduce crime activity. These areas were determined after an analysis and an investigation was completed by the Boston Regional Intelligence Center. With the described equipment Boston Police Department will be equipped to review data and investigate individuals traveling in areas that experience high gang and firearm violence. 

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Boston Police Foundation Donates $25,000 to the Boston Police Relief Association

The Boston Police Foundation hosted its 1st Annual Gala on March 22, 2014 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers. The gala was extremely successful and the Foundation was able to raise over $450,000. Stemming from the success of the Gala the Boston Police Foundation chose the Boston Police Relief Association as one of its first beneficiaries.

On July 7, 2014 the President of the Boston Police Foundation, Dick Parry, and fellow board member Robert Long attended the Boston Police Relief Association meeting and presented them with a $25,000 donation. The donation will be used to support the Boston Police Relief Association’s Annual Ball. The Boston Police Relief Associations Annual Ball honors those members of the department who have exemplified what it means to be member of the Boston Police department over the past year.

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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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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: Richard A. Parry
  • 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 Operating Officer Davis Security Strategies
  • Deputy Colm Lydon – Boston Police Department

Committees

  • Executive Committee: Richard Parry, Chair. Arthur DeMoulas, William Keyser, Blake Norton, Robert Long.
  • 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, M.Ed, Vice President Police Foundation
  • Robert J. Long, President – Bob Long Investigations Group LLC
  • Kevin Phelan, CRE Co-Chair Boston – Colliers International
  • John R. Sprague, Esq., Attorney at Law
  • George Regan, Founder Regan Communications Group Inc.
  • Makeeba McCreary, Executive Director AbekaM

Contact

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BOSTON POLICE FOUNDATION

11 Arlington Street

Boston, MA 02116

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