With the support of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation, IDEA Analytics reached over 200 police foundations to learn more about their roles to support community-police initiatives. The responding 58 police foundations representing small, medium and large police departments shared current examples of constructive community-police engagement through youth, adult and police initiatives. This survey starts the conversation about what are promising practices to engage with communities and provide additional support and services.
Police foundations have been in operation for over 50 years to support relationship building and trust through social, educational and training programs. As our communities today seek to repair and recover from negative interactions, police foundations may lean into what has worked or seek to develop new approaches to engage and build relationships.
Map Note: Purple = large-sized police departments, Red = medium-sized police departments, yellow = small-sized police departments
Number of Police Foundations Supporting Program Areas
Police foundations provide programs and initiatives for youth, adult and police operations, with most foundations providing programs in all three categories.
We also identified areas needing improvement which opens the conversations to leading more productive community dialogue and future awareness, support, and expansion of police foundations across the nation. We look forward to supporting foundations as they identify ways forward to connect communities and police together for positive outcomes.
IDEA Analytics greatly appreciates the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation for supporting this work, Joan Brody for championing the project from conception to report, and Dr. T Bowman of The Bowman Group for his advisement and contributions throughout.