Tualatin Community Police Foundation forms
The new nonprofit aims to strengthen police and community relationships through programs and donations
As relationships between police forces and communities grow strained across the country, community members in Tualatin have joined together in an attempt to counter that.
At the July 27 City Council Meeting, City Councilor Joelle Davis announced the formation of the Tualatin Community Police Foundation. This nonprofit, which was created last spring, collects donations in an effort to support and strengthen the relationship between the community and the Tualatin Police Department.
"It will mean a stronger, safer and more responsive police presence in the community, said Tualatin Police Chief Kent Barker, which will benefit all Tualatin residents and businesses.
Davis serves as the foundation's president, while General Manager of CenterCal Properties Chad Hastings serves as vice president. So far, they and their board of directors have targeted 14 initial projects for funding including: trauma kits for every police car; a don't text and drive campaign; additional safety equipment for police officers; additional police bicycles; and several other projects that need funding beyond what's provided by the city.
Targeted projects were determined by studying the programs of other similar foundations around the country, and by conferring with Barker and his command staff for the past several months.
The foundation's first public event was held at the Tualatin Crawfish Festival on Saturday and Sunday. There will be future fundraising events such as Breakfast with the Chief, gang resistance education and training events, and more.
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