Creating a Foundation to Serve the Public Need
Established in 1999, a 16-member Board of Directors supervises the activities of the Omaha Police Foundation. The Board meets monthly and includes community leaders from a wide range of backgrounds. In addition, the Chief of Police and the President of the Omaha Police Union each serve as non-voting ex-officio members of the Board. The Board of Directors is responsible for determining the allocation of funds donated to the Omaha Police Foundation. Over the past 16 years, the Foundation has raised nearly $4 million in grants, donations and in-kind contributions to support a variety of initiatives including the purchase of vital equipment, officer recruitment and training programs, community relations and officer recognition.
The Omaha Police Foundation promotes and strengthens the Omaha Police Department by providing financial support and creating community partnerships to ensure it has highly qualified officers who have the training, equipment and technology needed to prevent crime, save lives and make Omaha a safer community.
Guided by the priorities and vision of the Omaha Chief of Police, the foundation works to purchase critical equipment, recruit police officer candidates, strengthen police-community relationships, enhance department morale and increase public awareness of the department’s contributions to the community.