Police foundation donates five ballistic shields to SPD
The Sherwood Police Foundation recently donated five ballistic shields to the Sherwood Police Department, purchased from funds from a special fundraiser held earlier this year.
"Thanks to the generous donations the foundation received from the citizens of Sherwood, the Sherwood Police Foundation is honored to be able to present these five new Ballistic Shields to the Sherwood Police Department," said Laurie Holm, president of the Sherwood Police Foundation.
Following the tragic events of Christmas night in 2016, the Sherwood Police Foundation partnered with the Sherwood Police Department to find a way to make Sherwood officers safer when faced with tactical events, like the shooting of Oregon State Trooper Nic Cederberg.
That night, Sherwood police officers used a ballistic shield, like the one pictured, to safely approach and rescue Trooper Cederberg. At the time of the shooting, the Sherwood Police Department had only two such shields, both of which were old and beginning to wear out.
Then the Sherwood Police Foundation held its inaugural annual "Steak Out" dinner and fundraiser this past spring in which, during the paddle raise portion of the evening the group had raised enough money to purchase the shields and has presented them to the members of the police department for their immediate use.
"The Sherwood Police Foundation is a tremendous resource for the community," said Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Groth. "Having the ability to come to them with identified needs, like the shields, is a game changer."
The foundation works closely with the Sherwood Police Department on projects, research studies, and equipment to improve the effectiveness of police activities as well as education, training and skill development for our officers to strengthen the partnership between the police and the public.
Potential future projects identified by the foundation include obtaining vital organ and side plate inserts for ballistic vests, purchasing body-worn cameras, ongoing support and maintenance of the K-9 program, citizen and officer recognition, assistance and support for officers and their families and citizen appreciation items and other public outreach and communications materials.
The Sherwood Police Foundation was officially established in November 2013 and obtained its non-profit status in July 2014. It is an independent, non-profit organization created to strengthen and promote community support for the Sherwood Police Department, promote excellence in the Sherwood Police Department and improve public safety in Sherwood.
It is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt organization registered with the IRS under Tax EIN #46-4172391. To find out more about the foundation or to donate, visit the organization's Facebook page.