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The Gardena Police Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides supplemental resources directly to the Gardena Police Department in the form of grant funds, as a community-police partnership to help make Gardena one of the safest cities in the South Bay.
The organization is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of leaders from the Gardena business community. The Gardena Police Foundation relies solely on the generous contributions of its Board of Directors and community members, including residents, businesses, and other philanthropic organizations to meet specific grant requests from the Police Department for programs, equipment, or additional training that the usual City budget does not cover.
Below is a list of just some of the grant requests that the Foundation has funded:
➢ Purchased 15 digital cameras for crime scene documentation and evidence collection.
➢ Sponsored the Gardena Police Department team for the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay promoting officer physical fitness and teamwork since 2007.
➢ Funded the purchase of 2 traffic calming speed display devices for use around schools and parks.
➢ Funded the purchase of Graffiti Tracking Mechanisms to fight the high rise in graffiti crimes in the city.
➢ Funded a police K-9 dog and two vehicles.
➢ Funded the purchase of two T3 mobile vehicles to be used as extra police presence in events/parades.
➢ Sponsors the Gardena Police Department's Annual Gardena Police Employee Recognition Day. This event is held every year to show appreciation for Gardena employees.
➢ Funded the registration, transportation, and equipment needed for the Gardena Police Explorers to participate in a yearly National Competition.
➢ Provided funding for the City of Gardena Video Policing Program.
➢ Provided iPads to the Gardena Police Department Managers to supplement the Department's e-policing programs.
➢ Funded the purchase of two Harley Davidson Motorcycles for use in special events.
The idea for the Gardena Police Foundation emerged from discussions on public safety needs in our business corridors amongst members of the City's Business Advisory Council. Modeling the effort after the successful Los Angeles Police Foundation, an exploratory meeting was organized in July 2006, hosted by the Hustler Casino to garner support from other members of the business community. Many rose to the occasion and began meeting as the Founders Committee to establish a non-profit corporation that would serve as the largest source of private funding for public safety in Gardena. Fully organized and supported by committed business leaders, the Gardena Police Foundation was incorporated in September 2006.
There are several ways to support the Gardena Police Foundation and join the partnership to improve public safety in Gardena and its surrounding areas. There is an ongoing opportunity to make a general pledge of support at various donation levels.