The Tualatin Community Police Foundation is a non-profit organization consisting of engaged citizens passionate about creating and strengthening positive connections between the Tualatin police department and the community. In today’s world we believe that it is important to take every possible opportunity to improve these critical relationships. It is a challenge in the social-media environment to showcase how the police support the community that they serve, while recognizing challenges that may exist.
The Foundation supports its mission through several fundraising activities. The largest income producer is the annual Law Enforcement Duck Regatta Raffle. While it will have to be virtual this year, the proceeds will support a very real issue. Last year the Tualatin Police Department were the first responders at 15 medical emergencies. The officers were able to provide life-saving actions while awaiting the fire department paramedics. Each patrol car is equipped with an Automatic Emergency Defibrillator (AED). This year’s raffle will support replacing four of the AED’s which have expired. Purchase your $10 chance to win $1,000 1st prize by going to www.tucpf.org or in-person on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Police Department parking lot.
Other programs supported by the Foundation include a K-9 Operating Fund which raises funds to support Tony, the Tualatin police drug-enforcement dog. The Foundation sells a stuffed Tony toy dog and each sale contributes $10 to the K-9 Operating Fund.
The “Shop with a Cop” program supports underprivileged children in 6-8 grade by purchasing clothing and school supplies for “back to school” and family gifts during the winter holiday season. Each child is assigned to a police officer and they shop together for these items. After shopping they go to lunch. This helps provide support to a needy family and gives kids a positive time with an officer. During this year as COVID-19 has impacted on the opportunity for close personal contact, the Foundation is working on alternate ways to support Tualatin families in need.
The TUCPF puts on a self-defense course for women 14 and older. The class is taught by Tualatin police instructors and focuses on awareness and empowering defense techniques. In addition, the Foundation has helped improve the skills of the Police department by donating money towards the purchase of new training equipment.
TUCPF has partnered with local lodging establishments to provide vouchers for temporary housing. Officers have discretion to give out the vouchers during an emergency when a family in need doesn’t have the resources to pay for a hotel stay and also have the opportunity to provide contact information for the appropriate Washington County resources.
The Foundation strongly believes in its mission of improving communications and relationships between the Tualatin Police and our community. This includes showcasing the many ways that the Police try to improve Tualatin beyond its typical traffic and law enforcement roles. We are always looking for committed volunteers to serve on the Board or to support events. Donations are always welcome, and you can also link your Fred Meyer shoppers’ card to the TUCPF and provide support every time you shop. To connect your Frey Meyer account, go to www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and link your rewards card to the Tualatin Community Police Foundation #55352. The Fred Meyer Community Foundation will donate every time you shop.
Finally, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have other ideas on how to strengthen relations between the Tualatin Police Department and the Community. In today’s climate showing these positive relationships is vital, and it is especially challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic. Help us show another example of why Tualatin is a great town to live in.