A group of Dunwoody residents has announced formation of the Dunwoody Police Foundation, Inc., a charitable organization dedicated to improving policing by financially supporting the Dunwoody Police Department and its personnel.
Led by President Rick Holland, a seven-member board of directors began meeting in April 2019 to complete legal and business steps to make the foundation a reality.
“On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Dunwoody Police Department, the formation of this foundation is a fitting tribute to the excellence in policing that we enjoy in the City of Dunwoody,” Holland said. “We salute all those who have served with distinction in our city’s first decade, and, we seek to support continued excellence in public safety as a defining characteristic of the Dunwoody community.”
Police Chief Billy Grogan offered his endorsement of the initiative.
“A key ingredient to a safe city is having a supportive community that works closely with their police department,” he said. “Fortunately, we have always had that positive relationship with our community here in Dunwoody. With the formation of the Dunwoody Police Foundation, I am confident the department and citizens working together can accomplish even more to keep Dunwoody safe.”
The goal of the Dunwoody Police Foundation is to improve public safety for the officers and citizens of Dunwoody. The organization supports Dunwoody Police Department employees through the acceptance and management of tax-deductible gifts and contributions. The principal purposes of the foundation are to ensure the establishment of an emergency aid program to benefit officers and their families; provide specialized training for staff or officers; support the purchase of special equipment; support community partnerships through educational materials; and sponsor community events to enhance public safety and quality of life in Dunwoody.
Joining Holland as founding board members are Kathleen Brandt, Lawrence B. Domenico, Police Chief Grogan, Carolyn Riticher, CPA, Mark Twiner, PE, and Heyward Wescott.