The mission of the Denver Police Foundation is to act as an independent and unique funding and advocacy resource for the Denver Police Department to enhance public safety and law enforcement in the Denver Community.
After the tragedy of September 11, it became apparent to business leaders that there should be support for the Denver Police Department beyond what was available from the city budget. Thus, the Denver Police Foundation was established to meet these needs. It was reestablished as a new entity in 2009 and addresses needs of the Denver Police Department that go beyond the capacity of the City and County of Denver general budget. Modeled after similar foundations in New York City and Los Angeles, we are a Colorado nonprofit, charitable organization created to enhance public safety and law enforcement in the Denver community. It is not designed to meet general operations of the Denver Police Department. The DPF serves as a liaison with the business community, citizens and the Denver Police Department and raises funds to provide support for training and equipment beyond the general police budget, all aimed at crime prevention, officer support, and community safety.
"The Denver Police Department is committed to working with the community to make Denver one of the safest cities in America. The most effective way to do this is through crime prevention. The Denver Police Foundation has been at the forefront of helping us achieve these goals. Whether it be for a piece of equipment, training or technology, the Police Foundation has been there for us during tight economic times." -- Denver Police Chief Robert White
"Previously undiagnosed, dozens of our officers are now aware of cardiovascular disease because of a heart scan through the Healthy Heart Hero Program funded by the Denver Police Foundation. These life saving heart scans could not have been done without financial assistance from the Denver Police Foundation." - Detective Danny Veith, Denver Police Department Employee Assistance & Wellness