The Louisville Metro Police Foundation is dedicated to improving the Greater Louisville community and making our city a safer place to live, work and visit by supporting the men and women of the Louisville Metro Police Department. Executive Director Barry Denton says the foundation puts a lot of effort into purchasing new equipment for the department including new vehicles and a K-9 unit.
The Police Foundation was founded in 2005 to support LMPD and its 1,500 officers and staff by providing much-needed financial resources beyond what the Police Department's Louisville Metro Government budget can fund.
Examples of Police Foundation spending during its first four years of operation include:
- The creation of an LMPD Officer/Member in Distress Fund to provide direct financial support to officers and staff members who suffer professional or personal tragedies.
- The launch of a multi-media public awareness campaign entitled, "Could you do it?" The campaign's goal is to increase public support for the men and women of LMPD who work every day to keep our families, businesses and community safe.
- The formation of a nationally unique partnership with LMPD and the United States Secret Service - "Operation Prevent Business Theft" - to give Louisville businesses the best and most current information available about theft prevention, financial crimes and other criminal activity targeting businesses. One result of the partnership was the apprehension and prosecution of a major counterfeiting operation that targeted several dozen Louisville businesses.
- The creation of a partnership with LMPD and Jefferson County Public Schools to create the 574-LMPD anonymous tip line, which has quickly become one of the most successful of such programs in the country.
- Responding to an alarmingly high divorce rate among LMPD officers, the foundation offers marriage enrichment seminars that give relationship advice to officers and their spouses or partners.
- The foundation is the primary underwriter of the LMPD Explorer Academy to prepare young people for a career in law enforcement. They also fund the annual training for LMPD D.A.R.E. officers that teach elementary and high school students about the importance of abstaining from drugs and alcohol.
Louisville Metro Police Foundation, Inc.
982 Eastern Parkway
Louisville, KY 40217