Motorola Solutions Foundation sponsors innovative police-community relations program and gives $3.45 million in public safety grants

on Monday, 22 August 2016. Posted in Two Way Radio Industry News Blog

Grants support community safety education and training programs for first responders, their families and the general public in the United States

  • The Motorola Solutions Foundation helps to fund an International Association of Chiefs of Police training program – on how to form a culture of trust between police personnel and the communities they serve
  • The foundation announced it will grant $3.45 million to 83 organizations dedicated to improving public safety in communities in the United States
  • More than 1 million first responders and citizens will benefit from the foundation grants

CHICAGO – Aug. 17, 2016 – A program designed to build trust and collaboration between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve will receive a second consecutive year of funding from Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions [NYSE:MSI].

The foundation’s grant will provide ongoing support as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) develops training and technical assistance to three pilot sites. The sites will implement recommendations from the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which previously were validated by evidence-based research.

Previously launched with Motorola Solutions Foundation funding, the IACP program features an innovative approach that helps build trust between law enforcement agencies and community members. The training helps organizations create a high-trust culture of collaboration and engagement, resulting in greater speed and lower risk throughout the organization.

“We live in a time of escalating need for productive dialogue on community-police relations,” said Vincent Talucci, executive director/chief executive officer of the IACP. “We are grateful for the foundation’s ongoing support of our efforts to encourage and develop higher levels of interdependence.”

The foundation’s public safety grants program serves the needs of first responders, their families and the general public in the United States. The Motorola Solutions Foundation considers first responders to include federal and local law enforcement, veterans, professional and volunteer fire service personnel, emergency medical professionals and disaster response professionals.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation donation to IACP is part of a $3.45 million portfolio of grant funding in 2016 directed to 83 non-profit organizations. The diverse groups aim to help improve safety and security in communities across the United States, honor the families of fallen first responders, and help bolster public safety education. About 1 million first responders and community members will benefit from initiatives funded through the competitive grant program.

“We wholeheartedly support innovation that results in constant improvement among public safety leaders and first responders through education and training,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “The programs we’re supporting will benefit a broad range of communities served by law enforcement officers and staff, fire service personnel, federal agents, emergency medical service providers and our men and women in the military services – both active duty and veterans.”

Examples of 2016 grant recipients and their past impacts include:

    • The American Red Cross of South Florida is preparing Florida communities for potential disasters. Our grant funding allows our dedicated team of Motorola Solutions employees to educate low-income neighborhoods with fire safety presentations, smoke-alarm installations and more.
    • 2015 impact: Along with Motorola Solutions employees, firefighters and volunteers, the Red Cross installed about 500 smoke alarms in low-income neighborhoods in Broward County.
    • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provides training to law enforcement agencies on model policies and best practices to respond to missing children cases. Each year, the organization hosts nearly a dozen multi-day, training sessions.
    • 2015 impact: Nearly 300 participants completed the Missing Children Seminar for CEOs, including many police chiefs and sheriffs. Participants rated this course very favorably and recommended that their peers participate in a future session to improve preparations for responding to missing children cases.
    • Troops to Firefighters aims to provide firefighter and emergency telecommunicator training, certification and job placement for up to 250 veterans and transitioning troops annually.
    • 2015 impact: Motorola Solutions Foundation funding supported an initial training and mentorship pilot for 15 students in a three-week 911 emergency dispatch operations course. Additional funding will allow students to participate in a subsequent firefighter or 911 emergency dispatch training and certification course.
    • Washington D.C. Police Foundation provides nearly 200 young people ages 10-21 with mentoring and exposure to careers in public safety through its innovative Junior Cadet, Classrooms to Careers and Public Safety Academy programming.
    • 2015 impact: The new focus of all three of Washington D.C. Police Foundation's key programs was recruiting minority youth from complex neighborhoods. Additional outreach efforts to create a more diverse police force began at employment fairs and were supported through social media marketing campaigns.

The National Emergency Number Association is one of 14 organizations new this year to Motorola Solutions Foundation support. Its Friends of 9-1-1 scholarship program allows more of the nation's call takers to attend workshops on evolving next generation technology and innovative training