Duluth Police Foundation launch partyAre you curious about how much the equipment and technology the police use to keep our streets safe has changed over the past 100 years? The Duluth Police Foundation launch party on Thursday, October 17, gives you an opportunity to see just that while enjoying a slice of pizza.
By: Teri Cadeau, Duluth Budgeteer News
Are you curious about how much the equipment and technology the police use to keep our streets safe has changed over the past 100 years? The Duluth Police Foundation launch party on Thursday, October 17, gives you an opportunity to see just that while enjoying a slice of pizza.
The Duluth Police Foundation is hosting a family-friendly opening party to showcase what it’s all about — keeping the city of Duluth safe and inviting. To do that, it will be displaying historical police equipment from its collection, as well as modern police equipment that the public doesn’t normally get the chance to see. There will be several officers there to answer questions and people from the citizen patrol and police explorers.
“The event is really about looking at our past, present and future,” said Anna Tanski, the president of the Duluth Police Foundation. “We’re informing the community of where we’re coming from and the next steps of where we want to go.”
The foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fund and support community safety initiatives, technology and training for the police department and other community safety groups. The launch party is also a fundraising event so the foundation can provide support for the police department for training and equipment that is considered “not essential, but still necessary,” as Lt. Mike Ceynowa, one of the officers involved in the foundation, stated.
The Duluth Police Foundation hopes to begin offering grants to fund community safety organizations in 2014. Some of these grants would go to equipment such as flashlights and vests for the citizen patrol while others would go to providing training for the police explorers program. The point of the program, according to Ceynowa is to “get money in and out to make an immediate change.”
Several other cities around the country have started police foundations in order to keep up with ever-changing crime rates and shrinking municipal budgets. Ceynowa attended training in St. Paul two years ago to learn how other police foundations operate in other cities. He stated that it was encouraging to see how citizens and officers can support one another.
“We’d love to see an outpouring of community support for this project,” said Ceynowa. “We see it as the community investing in a safer community. Not all heroes wear blue.”
The event will be held on October 17 at Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W. Michigan Street. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door for individuals and $20 in advance, $25 at the door for families. For more information and to buy tickets call 218-722-7178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.