MCPF is proud to award $25,000 in Community Partnership Grants to 13 Minnesota Police Departments to help advance trust, transparency, and stronger partnerships between police and communities across the state.
The following police agencies were awarded community grand funds:
First-time projects were prioritized over repeat projects. Repeat projects were prioritized if they featured notable expansions or critical needs. Grant funding decisions were made by the MCPF's Board of Directors, independent of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association.
The Foundation will offer additional grant opportunities to police departments in the future as funds are raised from generous donors from the community. We are on our way toward making a statewide impact. We look forward to hearing all the positive stories from our grant recipients!
On September 21, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation (MCPF) and Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA) held a networking event and VIP training experience at the Maple Grove Police Department's North Metro Regional Public Safety Training Facility. Nearly 30 corporate leaders from the metro region were provided a real-life experience of modern police training. Attendees actively participated in reality-based training, a virtual simulator experience, and a firearms range experience. It was an excellent opportunity for the public and private sectors to partner, develop relationships, and understand 21st-century police training that prepares highly trained officers to meet the challenges faced in their communities.
Thank you to the City of Maple Grove and Mayor Mark Steffenson for providing opening comments for the event and welcoming corporate leaders. Thank you also for the training staff of the Maple Grove, Plymouth, and Brooklyn Park police departments, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, and the North Metro Regional Public Safety Training Facility for creating a high-quality and professional experience for attendees.
On May 3rd, 2023, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation (MCPF) hosted a successful fundraiser luncheon, raising an impressive $145,000 to support their work and, most significantly, their Community Partnerships Grant Program. The event was a significant milestone for MCPF, marking its first fundraising event since the pandemic. Attendees, including those from well-known sponsoring organizations, were eager to come together and support the Foundation's mission to advance high quality, effective policing and strengthen police-community relations in Minnesota through training, outreach, grants and scholarships.
The luncheon took place at Town & Country Club in St. Paul and was emceed by Julie Nelson, a respected news anchor from Kare 11. Her engaging presence and professionalism added an extra touch of excellence to the luncheon.
A highly valuable aspect of the fundraiser was the opportunity for attendees to network with over 30 local police chiefs before and after the event. This allowed the participants to connect with key figures in law enforcement, fostering dialogue and understanding between the community and the police.
Maple Grove Police Chief Eric Werner shared how his agency benefitted from the Foundation's Community Partnership Grant program by hosting a community meeting that focused on fair and impartial policing. These types of community-focused engagement events are helping to build deeper trust and greater transparency between police and communities across the state.
One of the event's highlights was the keynote by David Horsager, a nationally renowned best-selling author of "The Trust Edge." Horsager's expertise in building trust and credibility resonated with the attendees, and his keynote speech captivated the audience, providing valuable insights into effective leadership and the importance of trust in law enforcement.
This fundraiser luncheon was a resounding success only made possible by the generous sponsoring organizations. Their unwavering support will give MCPF the resources to act on their initiatives and provide more community grants that will directly impact agencies and their communities, statewide.
One of the priorities of the MN Chiefs of Police Foundation (MCPF) is to advance community partnerships and help build trust between police officers and communities in the state of Minnesota. The Community Partnerships Grant Program launched in late 2022 with this in mind.
MCPF received grant applications from 29 police departments. While we could not fund all 29 projects (due to limited resources), we are proud to have supported 16 police department projects that will help them work toward strengthening their partnerships with the communities they serve.
First time projects were prioritized over repeat projects. Repeat projects were prioritized if they featured notable expansions or critical need.*
The Foundation will offer additional grant opportunities to police departments in the future as funds are raised from generous donors from the community. We are on our way toward making statewide impact as we enable our police departments to build trust, transparency and stronger community partnerships. We look forward to hearing all the positive stories from our grant recipients in the next several months!
*Grant funding decisions were made by the MN Chiefs of Police Foundation Board of Directors, independent of the MN Chiefs of Police Association.
MCPF is grateful to be the recipient of a generous $20,000 donation from Hosanna Church and their Heart Ministry out of Shakopee MN. Heart Ministry is very active in the community and has partnered with the Shakopee Police Department for various community events over the years, such as picnics with the police. When the pastor asked Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate what else their group can do to help, the Chief pointed out the need for community outreach projects and additional training in other smaller police departments across the state. The congregation stepped up and gave. Thank you to Chief Tate for connecting MCPF to the generosity of Heart Ministry. Gifts like this help MCPF help Minnesota police departments advance community partnerships and offer critical training for police leaders. Would you like to also give to this mission? Donate Today (hyperlink inserted here)
MCPF would like to thank the Schenian Family Foundation for their recent gift of $10,000. Dale Schenian had been a past donor to the Shakopee Crime Prevention Fund and was a strong supporter of law enforcement. The Schenians are expanding their impact and this donation to MCPF will now benefit the Foundation’s efforts statewide.
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