Since inception, the Redondo Beach Police Foundation has funded projects to advance public safety. Each project comes from the police department as a direct way to improve quality of life for individuals, families and organizations.
The Redondo Beach Police Foundation raises funds from the community to support innovation by providing additional resources to the Redondo Beach Police Department to advance public safety and create a safer, stronger community. Below are some of the ways we have impacted our community in partnership with the Police Department.
Classroom emergency trauma kits
Schools throughout the nation are taking further precaution to make students, school staff and teachers prepared for emergencies and mass trauma. In partnership with the LA Kings, the Foundation issued a grant for $50,000 to purchase 400 trauma kits for all 13 schools in the Redondo Beach Unified School District. The exclusive kits are designed to treat wounds conducive to school shootings and are part of an active-shooter training program that was conducted by RBPD, equipping teachers and staff with the knowledge and tools to use in case of a mass trauma emergency. As Police Chief Kauffman states, “we hope to never use these, but if we do, they will save lives.”
Domestic Violence Advocacy
The Foundation is pleased to support the Domestic Violence Victims Advocacy Program, a program of the Redondo Beach Police Department that helps local victims of domestic violence. This year the program will be able to give 20-25 families the necessary resources, healthcare and safe housing to rebuild their lives. Restricted funding for this program was made possible through a generous donation from Foundation board member Phil Keenan.
National Police Week
Police departments from across the nation promote unity by attending the National Police Week in Washington DC. In May, 2017, the Foundation supported several officers to attend the Unity Tour and Memorial, providing exclusive and unique experiences of learning and networking with other law enforcement officials from across the country.
Open source intelligence
As the Police Foundation and Police Department look to advance public safety, having access to fight crime with technology plays a critical role. The Foundation was proud to fund two computers for detectives to have access to Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). OSINT is publicly available data obtained from the Internet and has been used by the FBI for numerous types of cases including online child solicitations, abductions, kidnapping and homicide.
After the tragic death of a local student, the police department requested funds to promote bike safety in the community. The Foundation funded bike helmets and youth bicycling safety books in support of the Beach Cities Cycling Club trainings they conducted at local schools. Approximately 2,000 students attended various trainings and over 100 helmets were made available for underserved children and youth.
In October, 2017, the Foundation was proud to support the first annual King of the Harbor Skateboarding Competition. The all-day event brought together police officers, youth and their families for some awesome boarding, from skaters of all ages, with official judging and trophies. Several local businesses had booths and giveaways, making for a fun and festive atmosphere down at the harbor.