The mission of the Pasadena Police Foundation is to assist with the planning, development, implementation and support of programs and activities of the Pasadena Police Department. Additionally, the Foundation raises funds for outstanding programs that provide constructive interface activities between Police and local youth. The Foundation works to promote improvements in performance and effectiveness of the Pasadena Police Department by funding resources, equipment and training for Pasadena’s first responders and by supporting the Department volunteer programs.
The Pasadena Police Foundation was founded in 1993 to enhance connectivity and involvement of the Pasadena community with its Police Department. The Foundation recognized a need to raise funds for activities that further Police Department goals for which the City of Pasadena could not budget resources.
Members of the Foundation Board of Directors include community leaders who represent the rich diversity of Pasadena. The Board raises funds primarily from individual and corporate donations and some foundation grants. The Foundation also sponsors an annual “Chief’s Breakfast” that raises funds and fosters information exchange and community involvement between the Pasadena Police Department and the community it serves.
The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (Tax ID 95-4442545), providing a tax-exempt organization for the receipt of gifts and grants to benefit police programs.
“The Pasadena Police Department is very fortunate to benefit from a philanthropic Foundation which provides an invaluable service to the youth of our community and the men and women of our department.”
John E. Perez| Interim Chief of Police
Forging a Path
Since its inception, the Foundation has accomplished various projects including the first K-9 unit in Pasadena, and many police-sponsored programs involving Pasadena youth, such as the Kids Safety Academy, the Junior Public Safety Academy, the Youth Accountability Board intervention program, the Summer Youth Leadership Conference and the Every 15 Minutes DUI Awareness Program (see video.) The motto “Helping Cops Give Kids Hope” was adopted as best describing the cornerstone of the Pasadena Police Foundation.
Annually, the Foundation continues to support the following:
Junior Public Safety Academy
Kids Safety Academy
Youth and Young Adult Explorer Program
Mobile Utility Vehicles
Portable Training Unit
Zonta Family Assistance
In addition to raising money by individual donations, the board has actively sought and obtained funds from various charitable foundations through grant applications and corporate contributions.
Homeland Security Training Equipment
In 2016, the Foundation funded the acquisition of a state-of-the-art portable training facility (PTF) to be used to better prepare officers for confronting active shooters and other dangerous situations they may encounter. The PTF provides the department with a multi-purpose training structure incorporating unlimited shell configurations with movable hallways, doorways, windows, tunnels, and more. It can be used to teach tactics, firearm related skills, force-on-force training, live-fire training, as well as low-light and real life scenario-based environments.
Mobile Utility Vehicles
In 2015, the Foundation raised funds to purchase two mobile utility vehicles (MUVs). The MUVs provide officers and the K-9 teams with access to irregular terrain and highly congested areas often difficult to maneuver. For example, at Rose Bowl events and parade related activities officers had to utilize less maneuverable golf carts, which were inadequate for operational needs. The MUVs can be utilized to transport first responders, essential tactical equipment, and, on temporary basis, the holding of suspects. The MUVs emergency lighting and versatility are an additional tool to aid first responders in public service.