Mission

Denver Police Officers Foundation

Since its creation in 1999, the Denver Police Officers Foundation has devoted itself solely to providing emotional and financial support and assistance to active Denver police officers and immediate family members during health-related matters such as medical emergencies, long-term illness, death, and injury, along with other disastrous circumstances such as house fires and funeral expenses.

 

With funding largely from monthly city payroll deductions, donations, and fundraising, the Denver Police Officers Foundation has helped over 600 officers and their families who have found themselves in one of these situations.

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Additionally, donations from citizens, fundraisers, and officers’ monthly payrolls have allowed the Foundation to assist in the following ways:

  • Emergency financial assistance
  • Long-term assistance
  • “Heal As You Feel” program created to send cards, flowers, or gift baskets to an officer or other employee of the Denver Police Department. Additionally, this program offers emotional support to terminally ill officers or family members through informational meetings regarding medical issues, funeral arrangements, and family counseling
  • The Retired Officers’ Assistance Fund, which financially helps in medical emergencies and funerals for retirees in need of assistance
  • Jacques and Alexisa Bensard Medical Education Scholarship, a yearly award given to a chosen recipient by a Scholarship Board consisting of members appointed by the Bensard family as well as two representatives from the Denver Police Officers Foundation Learn more about this scholarship

  • The Thomas O’Byrne Health Fair
  • Memorial fund to assist in the annual police memorial as well as to maintain the Denver Police Memorial
  • Burg Simpson educational assistance program, represented by attorney Marshall Fogel, and created to aid active Denver Police Department officers’ families in financial hardship situations, with money going toward school supplies, clothes, and activity fees Learn more about this scholarship
  • Spousal Support Group, which provides educational counseling services to married couples who may find the police officer’s dangerous and stressful work environment to burdensome to a relationship
  • Fallen Heroes program, a means to raise money to support active Denver police officers representing the Denver Police Department at the National Police Memorial in Washington, DC.

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