About Us

Denver Police Officers Foundation

About Us

The Denver Police Officers Foundation began in 1999 as an all-encompassing nonprofit organization to provide support for families of Denver police officers injured or killed in the line of duty. In 2003, the Foundation began extending its reach into other areas of public safety. And so, to effectively provide assistance for both programmatic goals, the Foundation divided into the Denver Police Foundation, whose mission is to enhance and promote public safety, and the Denver Police Officers Foundation, which continues to embrace the original mission of providing support for officers and their families. With funding largely from monthly city payroll deductions, donations, and fundraising, the Denver Police Officers Foundation has helped over 1,000 officers and their families since 1999.

 

Today, the Denver Police Officers Foundation operates under the direction of a Board of Directors comprised of community members and representatives from the Denver Police Department. The Board of Directors meets regularly to determine the best means to prioritize and manage the many programs supported by the Foundation.

 

The Denver Police Officers Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for:

  • Approving requests for emergency short- and long-term financial assistance for current and retired Denver police officers and their immediate family members.
  • Supporting the Burg Simpson Law Firm College Scholarship and the Jacques and Alexisa Bensard Medical Education Scholarship  for children of Denver police officers.
  • Financially maintaining the Denver Police Memorial and coordinating the annual memorial celebration.
  • Assisting the Denver Police Department with the annual Thomas J. O’Byrne Health Fair to provide medical services and wellness counseling for public safety workers.
  • Supporting the Fallen Heroes Program, which raises money to send officers representing the Denver Police Department to the National Police Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • Managing the Heal As You Feel program to provide emotional support for terminally ill police officers and their immediate family members.
  • Supporting the Spousal Support Group which provides education and counseling services to spouses who find the dangerous and stressful work of policing taxing on their relationship.
  • Managing the financial accounts of the Denver Police Pension Association to aid in medical emergencies and funerals for retirees in need of assistance.

Feel free to contact the DPOF with any questions or concerns at dpof1999@hotmail.com, or contact the manager, Ret. Det. J. C. Tyus, Jr. at 303.940.1424.

 

If you are interested in making a donation to help the Foundation’s many causes, visit the Donate section. All donations are tax deductible under the 501(c)(3) provisions of the federal tax code.

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