Our goal is to assist the Department in funding technology upgrades, officer training, and updated equipment. We strive to support community-based projects such as supplying an ice cream truck at summertime events and assisting the department’s affiliated programs including the Toledo Police Public Safety Cadets and the Police Athletic League.
For information about the Foundation’s initiatives, please contact us directly.
Cops and Cones
Cops and Cones is a summertime community-building project designed to grow the bond between the Toledo Police Department and area residents. Officers cruise around city neighborhoods in an ice cream truck donated by the Foundation, giving out sweet treats to help kids beat the heat. The program helps combat the negative stigma some children associate with police officers.
The Foundation funded a ShotSpotter Zone near Ottawa Park, The Toledo Hospital, and the Scott Park District Station. ShotSpotter uses acoustic sensors and triangulation to detect gunshots and relays the information to police within 60 seconds. The real-time alerts notify law enforcement when and where gun incidents occur, resulting in faster police responses.
From the program’s implementation in June 2021 to October 2022, police made 51 arrests and recovered 55 guns in the ShotSpotter Zone. During that period, 78 percent of the ShotSpotter alerts did not have corresponding calls to 911—confirming the program’s enormous benefit.
Bike Helmets for Safe-T-City
The Foundation has supplied bike helmets to children participating in Safe-T-City, a child pedestrian and traffic safety program for soon-to-be kindergarteners. Sponsored by the Toledo Police Department, Safe-T-City includes classroom instruction and outdoor practice in a miniature city featuring streets, sidewalks, small buildings, traffic lights, and stop signs.
The Foundation commissioned four “Little Library” book dispensers at TPD stations. The project commemorates the lives of fallen Toledo police officers Anthony Dia and Brandon Stalker. Each location has nearly 200 books donated by community members and Toledo Lucas County Public Library.
Officer of the Month
The Toledo Police Department Employee Recognition Board selects officers to receive the Command Officer and Patrol Officer of the Month Awards. The Foundation announces the awards internally through a notice and bulletin, then presents the chosen officers with gift cards to local restaurants to recognize their achievements. Every quarter, the Employee Recognition Board selects a civilian employee to receive an award and a gift card from the Foundation.
The Foundation teamed up with Walmart to provide much-needed safety equipment, including infant and child car seats for transporting children in emergencies, safety vests for Toledo Police Public Safety Cadets, and life-saving medical supplies and pannier bags for Toledo Police Bike Officers.