The Spirit of Blue Foundation’s primary initiative is for funding safety grants to be awarded to law enforcement agencies from local to federal levels in an effort to protect their members.
The grants are intended for the purchase of safety equipment through corporate sponsors of the Spirit of Blue Foundation.
The following categories of safety equipment and services demonstrate and deliver a clear value in the mission of the Spirit of Blue Foundation to protect officers’ lives.
There is risk and peril at every turn for an officer, deputy or agent – while responding to a call, arriving on scene or dealing with any number of dynamic and uncontrollable situations in the course of a shift. Some threats can never be avoided, and so passive protection must be available to defend at any time. Other threats can be prevented, or at least minimized, with a combination of the proper equipment and training. These categories of products and services represent the highest order in the continuum of officer safety and longevity.
Once a threat to life or personal injury has been identified, be it toward the officer, deputy or agent or to the general public itself, it is incumbent upon professional law enforcement officers to respond in a swift, powerful and appropriate manner. Access to the right tools and equipment are critical to enable the professional to neutralize threats according to the guidelines of the force continuum and to achieve the ultimate end result – protection of life, preservation of order and the security of their own well-being.
Thankfully, the law does not require the balance of power between peace officers and the criminal element to be equal. Officers must take every opportunity to create an unfair advantage, within the confines of the law. This is achieved through access to better equipment, better information about the situation, the ability to coordinate efforts and solutions for securing their lethal force options so they can’t be used without authorization. These tools and equipment represent key categories that augment the effectiveness and safety of officers in the execution of their duties.