ABILENE, Texas - The Abilene Police Foundation was officially introduced Monday as another support system for the Abilene Police Department.
According to organization president Joy Ellinger, the foundation will help officers and their families with medical expenses and any other needed expenditures. The group was modeled after the Lakeway Police Foundation.
Ellinger and Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge discussed the idea in March last year. The idea was prompted after proposed cuts in 2010 to the Citizen Police Academy, an eight-week program that offers police training for citizens.
"This year alone we are going to see major significant changes," Standridge said. "I'm excited to work with this board. I'm excited about working with our community to further the interest of the city of Abilene."
Ellinger said the foundation will not replace the city’s fund for the department. The city has recently paid for the department to purchase new body cameras and new Tasers. Ellinger said the Abilene Police Foundation will be used for aid when the city cannot be.
"We look forward to serving those who serve us," Ellinger said.
The Community Foundation of Abilene will help manage the Abilene Police Foundation’s money. Ellinger said the foundation plans to raise money through events and donations from the public.
"There's always a need to help the officers you think about what they get paid and what they do every day there's a big gap,” said board member David McKenzie.
There are eight board members, Ellinger said, and all have participated in the Citizen Police Academy.
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