Grant Recipients

The primary purpose of the Spirit of Blue Foundation is to raise funds for Safety Equipment Grants, allowing agencies nationwide to acquire critically needed safety equipment, training and other resources. The grant awards themselves come in many forms, but have one common thread – they are truly valuable in keeping officers safe as they conduct their work.

Some grants are awarded to randomly selected agencies from our database of self-declared eligible agencies and agencies nominated for consideration by members of the general public. Other grants are awarded based on an agency’s ability to utilize the specified grant or the merit of their need. In order to be considered for future grants, agencies can enroll for consideration on our Grant Enrollment page.

Longmeadow Police Department | Longmeadow, MA
Awarded: June 2017
Grant Sponsor: Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation

The Longmeadow PD received a high-definition Panasonic iPro Security Camera System which they installed at one of their town’s properties to monitor high volume foot traffic and the adjoining parking area to alert them to criminal activity and to create evidence in such cases.

Cicero Police Department | Cicero, NY
Awarded: June 2016
Grant Sponsor: LMT Denfese, EOTech, Magpul, Blue Force Gear

The Cicero PD received three patrol rifle packages complete with LMT CQB16 rifles, EOTech Model 517 HWS, Magpul MBUS sights and five PMAG’s, and Blue Force Gear Ten-Speed Chest Rigs and VCAS slings. This grant constituted the beginning of their patrol rifle program for the protection of their officers and service to their community.

Beaverton Police Department | Beaverton, OR
Awarded: February 2016
Grant Sponsor: Planet Dog Foundation

The Beaverton PD received $2,500 toward the purchase of their newest K9 who will hit the road, with his handler OFC Barrington, in Mid-March 2016. K9 Atlas is trained in tracking and article search in addition to handler protection.

Veazie Police Department | Veazie, ME
Awarded: November 2015
Grant Sponsor: Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, Windham Weaponry, EOTech, Magpul, Blue Force Gear

The Veazie PD received two AR-15 style patrol rifles, two holographic weapon sights, two sets of back up sights, ten 30-round ammunition magazines, two weapon slings and two chest rigs to outfit their two patrol cars with fully serviceable patrol rifles.

Chicago Police Department | Chicago, IL
Awarded: April 2012
Grant Sponsor: Bushmaster Firearms Int’l

The CPD was nominated by one of its own, Officer Paula Krezbiot, who works in one of the most criminally active neighborhoods in the city. In turn, the Chicago Police Department assigned the Bushmaster Patrolman’s Carbine to District 7 (Englewood) where Officer Krezbiot serves in order to help protect its officers.

Los Angeles Police Department | Los Angeles, CA
Awarded: May 2012
Grant Sponsor: Amped Software

The LAPD Scientific Investigative Division was awarded a grant for the Amped FIVE Professional software tool to be used by their technicians in support of their investigations to better utilize image and video data both in their city and in support of agencies across the country.

Oklahoma City Police Department | Oklahoma City, OK
Awarded: August 2012
Grant Sponsor: Amped Software

The OCPD was awarded a grant for the Amped FIVE Professional software tool to be used by their Laboratory and Support Services Division for use in
their investigations to better utilize image and video data.

Portland Police Bureau | Portland, OR
Awarded: September 2012
Grant Sponsor: Amped Software

The Portland Police Bureau was nominated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) due to its ability to integrate new technology by their staff. The agency designated the Amped FIVE Professional software tool to be used by the Forensic Evidence Division for use in their investigations to better utilize image and video data.

Norman Police Department | Norman, OK
Awarded: February 2013
Grant Sponsor: Amped Software

The Amped FIVE Professional software will allow the newly updated City of Norman Investigations Center to pursue cases involving video and image
evidence that require enhancement and forensic evaluation.

Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney | Fort Worth, TX
Awarded: August 2012
Grant Sponsor: Amped Software

The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office was awarded a grant for the Amped FIVE Professional software tool to be used by their Investigations Division for use in their investigations to better utilize image and video data.

Revere Police Department | Revere, MA
Awarded: April 2013
Grant Sponsor: Amped Software

The Revere Police Department requested grant consideration after their city made significant investments in CCTV and other video surveillance infrastructure and sought a solution for processing captured video data.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation | Decatur, GA
Awarded: May 2013
Grant Sponsor: Amped Software

The Amped FIVE Professional software enables the GBI with new capabilities for investigations state-wide, including with their Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit.

Winter Springs Police Department | Winter Springs, FL
Awarded: August 2013
Grant Sponsor: Amped Software

The Winter Springs Police Department was awarded a copy of the Amped FIVE Professional software to aid their criminal investigative unit in pursuing cases involving video and image evidence that require enhancement.

Village of Sabina Police Department | Village of Sabina, OH
Awarded: February 2014
Grant Sponsor: Bushmaster Firearms, EOTech, Blue Force Gear, Magpul Industries

In order to start a patrol rifle program for the Village of Sabina Police, the Spirit of Blue worked with multiple sponsors to grant a fully deployable patrol rifle.

New Middletown Police Department | New Middletown, OH
Awarded: February 2014
Grant Sponsor: Blue Force Gear

With an aging group of officers, and concerns of cardiac arrest occurring during training or a police incident, a Philips HeartStart OnSite AED was granted for placement in a patrol car to serve officers in the case of emergency.

Pleasant Grove Police Department | Pleasant Grove, UT
Awarded: March 2014
Grant Sponsor: Blue Force Gear

$2,500 to purchase new Motorola portable radios to upgrade to current digital narrow-band standards, providing officers with clearer and more reliable
communications.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office | Knox County, TN
Awarded: March 2014
Grant Sponsor: Blue Force Gear

After a C-A-T Tourniquet saved the life of injured Sgt. Mike Ledbetter, Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones began issuing them to all officers. Unable to afford enough for the entire department, the Spirit of Blue provided 100 C-A-T Tourniquets and carrying straps to ensure every officer was covered.

Philadelphia Police Department | Philadelphia, PA
Awarded: March 2014
Grant Sponsor: Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation

The $10,000 gift was given in memory of fallen officer Chuck Cassidy and was matched by the US Dept. of Justice Ballistic Vest Program to purchase 24 ballistic vests for use by officers in the 35th District where Officer Cassidy served.

Franklin Police Department | Franklin, TN
Awarded: August 2014
Grant Sponsor: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

17 new ballistic protection helmets were purchased for members of the FPD SWAT Team to enhance their safety and enable compatibility with communication headsets.

Kane County Sheriff’s Office | St. Charles, IL
Awarded: September 2014
Grant Sponsor: Planet Dog Foundation

A new K9 was purchased for the KCSO, trained in explosives detection, tracking and handler protection. The new dog will replace K9 Geno who served since 2009.

Gainesville Police Department | Gainesville, FL
Awarded: February 2015
Grant Sponsor: Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation

6 months of Police/Youth Dialogue training to aid officers in interacting with minority youth in their community. Development of training curriculum for program expansion nationwide.

Rochester Police Department | Rochester, NY
Awarded: April 2015
Grant Sponsor: Rochester Lancers

The grant awards 8 Survival Armor Paragon6 NIJ Level II ballistic vests with spare carriers to members of the department. The grant was given in memory of fallen RPD Officer Daryl Pierson.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office | Rochester, NY
Awarded: October 2015
Grant Sponsor: Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, North American Rescue

The MCSO was granted 100 Individual Police Office Trauma Kits (IPOKs) from North American Rescue to equip patrol cars for use by deputies on duty. The IPOKs contain a C-A-T Tourniquet, gauze, emergency field dressing and sterile gloves in a vacuum-sealed package.

South Windsor Police Department | South Windsor, CT
Awarded: November 2015
Grant Sponsor: Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, North American Rescue

The SWPD was granted 45 C-A-T Tourniquets from North American Rescue to equip their officers on patrol duty in the event of a traumatic injury. Additionally, they were granted 12 Streamlight LED Strion flashlights for their patrol division.

Troy Police Department | Troy, NY
Awarded: November 2015
Grant Sponsor: Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, PowerFlare

The Troy Police Department was 12 riot helmets and 12 riot shields for use by their officers in responding to civil unrest, disobedience and protests. In addition, TPD received 16 PowerFlare LED flares to outfit 8 of their Traffic and Patrol vehicles to help officers be more visible during traffic enforcement operations.

Veazie Police Department | Veazie, ME
Awarded: November 2015
Grant Sponsor: Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, Windham Weaponry, EOTech, Magpul, Blue Force Gear

The Veazie PD received two AR-15 style patrol rifles, two holographic weapon sights, two sets of back up sights, ten 30-round ammunition magazines, two weapon slings and two chest rigs to outfit their two patrol cars with fully serviceable patrol rifles.

Cedar Rapids Police Department | Cedar Rapids, IA
Awarded: August 2011
Grant Sponsor: Bushmaster Firearms Int’l

The Cedar Rapids Police Department was selected at random from nominated agencies during the 2010 Spirit of Blue Wreath campaign. The Bushmaster Patrolman’s Carbine they were awarded was assigned to their department’s Special Response Team (SRT).

New Berlin Police Department | New Berlin, WI
Awarded: May 2011
Grant Sponsor: Bushmaster Firearms Int’l

The New Berlin Police Department was selected at random from nominated agencies during the 2010 Spirit of Blue Wreath campaign. The Bushmaster
Patrolman’s Carbine they were awarded was assigned to their department’s Patrol Division.

Maine State Police | State of Maine
Awarded: April 2011
Grant Sponsor: Bushmaster Firearms Int’l

The Maine State Police Department was selected at random from nominated agencies during the 2010 Spirit of Blue Wreath campaign. The Bushmaster
Patrolman’s Carbine they were awarded was assigned to their department’s Tactical Division.

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THE NEED

Over 900,000 law enforcement officers honorably serve the population of the United States - that equates to 1 officer for every 350 citizens. On average, 125 officers are lost and another 15,000 are injured in the line of duty each year. Yet funding for safety equipment and training is dwindling as tax revenues decline. The need for supplemental funding to protect these officers has never been greater.

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