For over a hundred years the Seattle Police Department has had a Mounted Patrol Unit. They perform a variety of safety and outreach functions. The SPD’s budget constraints put the Mounted Patrol in jeopardy, until the Seattle Police Foundation stepped up to help preserve this important tool. About This Video “When the future of Seattle’s [...]
The Seattle Police Foundation has made a commitment to maintain the food, care and support for our Mounted Unit horses for three years. However, we still need to raise the final 1/3rd of the funds needed to fulfill this commitment.
The money donated by the community to this project, will go directly to support the horses of the mounted patrol. The officers and sergeant in the unit are funded by the general fund and also work regular patrol shifts. Your donation will allow these officers to have the option to use the Mounted Patrol to fight crime and provide security/crowd-control in downtown Seattle, reduce fear through their presence and provide valuable opportunities to connect with and strengthen the community.
The city’s shortfall of tens of millions of dollars meant big cuts and even job losses. With money being frighteningly scarce, the Seattle Police Department had to make some tough decisions and the Mounted Patrol unit was in jeopardy. Seattle was going to lose a valuable resource.
Then the Seattle Police Foundation (SPF) stepped in.
The Seattle Police Foundation recognizes that the Seattle Police Department, with more than 90% of its annual budget going to support personnel costs, has very little flexibility to seed new programs and encourage innovation. The Foundation utilizes the generous contributions of fellow citizens to enhance the Seattle Police Department's efforts.
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