Promote Officer & Community Safety

The Denver Police Foundation knows that officer and community safety is paramount.  We will look for and support efforts to protect our officers and community through innovative tools that save lives.  We also emphasize partnerships that leverage the foundation’s funding.

Gunshot Trauma Kits

These kits contain tourniquets, blood clotting agents and other equipment designed to be used by first-responding officers in crisis situations before medical personnel can respond to an incident.

Impact:

  • Lives saved!  During the past year, equipment from the kits have been used and are credited with saving the lives of four officers.  Civilians have also been saved with this equipment.
  • DPD officers and all recruits complete a 10-hour course taught by Denver Health Paramedics to receive a kit.
  • The DPF Gunshot Trauma Kits have been adopted by the Colorado Springs Police Department, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado State Patrol and the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Denver Police Department Bomb Squad Canine Officers

Denver Police K9 UnitAmount: $15,000

Support for two canine officers trained in bomb and explosive duty.

Successes:

  • Two bomb canines, Hershey and Daisy were purchased and assigned to officers. The dogs have been called to multiple scenes where they are invaluable in detecting evidence and possible threats. Most recently, one of the canines was able to sniff out evidence that led to the arrest of a suspect who was firing on officers.

Other Funded Projects

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  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016

Denver Police Officers’ Foundation (DPOF)–Thomas O’Byrne Health Fair

2016
Annual health fair for DPD officers, retirees and other public safety employees.
Impact: The Fair continues to increase in participants with nearly 500 people receiving health screenings and preventative services this year.

DPD Gang Bureau

2016
Specialized equipment for active shooter entrance equipment.
Impact: The Gang Bureau is often confronted with serious situations that require specialized equipment to enter facilities. This equipment provides for increased capabilities as well as officer safety.

DPD Narcan Continuation

2016
Purchase of Narcan, a drug that is used by first responders faced with drug overdoses.
Impact: Opioid overdoses are more prevalent that ever. Officers are often faced with individuals who are near death. With training from Denver Heath Paramedics, officers are trained in the use of Narcan and have used it to save lives of community members.

Denver Police Department Horse Patrol Unit

2015
A directed grant providing new saddles for the DPD Horse Patrol Unit.
Impact: The DPD Horse Patrol Unit is an integral tood for the Department. They can provide services, e.g. crowd control, that other units cannot and are a valuable public relations tool. Saddles for the horses were in dire need of updating to assure both the horses as well as officer safety and wellness.

Denver Police Department Bomb Squad Canine Officers

2015
Support for two canine officers trained in bomb and explosive duty.
Impact: Two bomb canines, Hershey and Daisy were purchased and assigned to officers. The dogs have been called to multiple scenes where they are invaluable in detecting evidence and possible threats. Most recently, one of the canines was able to sniff out evidence that led to the arrest of a suspect who was firing on officers.

Denver Police Department Gun Shot Trauma Kits Expansion

2015
Directed grant to expand the number of gun shot trauma kits to assure kits are available to front-line officers.
Impact: More availability of the kits already credited with saving at least four lives will increase safety for officers and the community.

Denver Police Officers’ Foundation (DPOF) – Thomas O’Byrne Health Fair

2014
Annual health fair for DPD officers, retirees and other public safety employees.
Impact: Nearly 400 people receive health screenings and preventative services.

Denver Police Department Gun Shot Trauma Kits

2014
Support to expand the number of gun shot trauma kits to assure kits are available to front-line officers.
Impact: More availability of the kits already credited with saving at least four lives will increase safety for officers and the community.