Why Do We Need A Police Foundation?

LAPD Chief Bratton:

(Remarks at the March 2005 International Police Foundation Conference in L.A.)

“There is no department in the country that has all the funding they can really use.”

“We all like to know that our efforts are recognized. Police morale increases when the community shows that it cares and appreciates their work and service.”

“The Chief can state the need, but he’s not in the position to ask for private funding. That’s where the police foundation comes in.”

“The Police Foundation, as a representative of the Community, says to the officers of the Department: “We’ve got your back.” Meaning, “Thank You” and “We’ll be there to assist, cooperate, and help you get the tools you need.”

“The Police’ job is one of the most dangerous, stressful, noble and important in our society. Our citizen’s quality of life is directly affected more by the work of these men and women than by any other public servant.”

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