"This is very exciting for our department to be able to make this announcement. We know citizens love and appreciate the work the dogs do," said Boise Police Deputy Chief of Administration Patricia Braddock.
"These canines are not pets. They are highly trained, highly trusted members of our police force who serve the community in many important ways every day. We expect a lot of people will be anxious to help improve and support the Boise Police canine program." said Braddock.
"This is a great opportunity for ICF to assist the City of Boise with an important project that will maintain and improve the safety and livability of the city," said Idaho Community Foundation President Bob Hoover.
What is the Boise Police Canine Foundation?
The Boise Police Canine Foundation is a charitable fund that supports the operation of the Boise Police Canine Unit beyond the departments annual operating budget.
The Boise Police Department is not allowed to accept donations, though citizens grateful for police services have generously offered to contribute over the years. By partnering with the Idaho Community Foundation, the Boise Police Department can accept contributions toward purchasing new police dogs and supporting its existing dogs.
Why did BPD partner with the Idaho Community Foundation?
The ICL will manage fund donations to the Boise Police Canine Foundation, creating efficiency for both the Boise PD and citizens who wish to donate. The ICL also guarantees exposure for the Boise Police Canine Foundation to a wide array of potential donors.
The Idaho Community Foundation works with nonprofit organizations throughout the state by gathering funds from individual donors, groups and foundations. The ICL is able to grow those funds through investments to meet donors charitable objectives, while granting funds for a broad variety of worthwhile and critical projects, like the Boise Police Canine Foundation.
What will donations to the Boise Police Canine Foundation help pay for?
Citizen donations to the Boise Police Canine Foundation will pay for needed improvements and supplies for the canines beyond what the departments annual operating budget allows for.
For example, although many of the departments drug and explosive detection dogs are adopted from local animal shelters, the purchase of a dual purpose drug and apprehension patrol dog can cost between $8,000 and $9,000. A training bite suit, that helps maintain the patrol dogs skills while keeping trainers safe costs $1,300.
How is this a first for Boise and unique to Idaho?
The Boise Police Canine Foundation is a first for both BPD and ICF. BPD has never had the ability to raise money to purchase equipment and supplies. ICL has never worked with a city department to establish such a fund.
How can citizens contribute?
Contributing to the fund is easy!
Donations can be made online at www.idcomfdn.org , click on Donate Directly to Your Favorite Fund, and choose Boise Police Canine Foundation,.
Or mail a check made out to Boise Police Department Canine Foundation to:
ICF at P.O. Box 8143, Boise, ID 83707.
Tax benefits of donations?
Donations are tax deductible and can be made in any amount. Donations made before Dec. 31 can be deducted from 2009 income taxes.
All Boise Police Canines are certified by the Idaho Police Officers Standards and Training program.