The St. Louis Police Foundation provides monetary support, services and goods to the St. Louis Metropolitan and St. Louis County Police Departments. Funding requests to the Foundation come directly from the men and women in uniform regardless of their position. The Foundation expedites the most crucial requests within 24 hours helping to ensure the highest level of police service to the St. Louis community.
The Police Foundation was established in 2007 by Doug Albrecht and former Police Commissioner Chris Goodson. Recognizing the incredible demands placed upon the men and women who protect our community, the Foundation secures private support to positively impact our police capabilities. Our Foundation is modeled after effective police foundations in other major cities and is now regarded as a leading midsize police foundation. Leadership consists of a president, director of operations and events, 26 volunteer board members and 10 volunteer advisory board members.
Our St. Louis Police departments operate on bare-bones budgets. With nearly 90 percent of the annual budget needed for personnel costs, there is little left to invest in the tools and programs police officers need to serve and protect our region. This comes at a time when the demands of modern law enforcement continue to escalate. This non-profit Police Foundation serves as a crucial bridge, providing essential equipment, training and programs that help reduce crime and keep our officers safe.
Since our inception, the Police Foundation has raised more than $30 million to fund more than 200 programs,
training and equipment needs of the St. Louis Metropolitan and St. Louis County Police Departments. Examples of projects funded include new canines and horses, license plate recognition systems, protective vests capable of stopping rifle rounds, real-time crime center equipment, Operation Polar Cop Ice Cream Truck, mobile ticketing, specialized training for officers, ATVs and golf carts for patrol of Forest Park, in-car camera systems, helicopter display monitors, improvements to the Canine Center and the Police Academy training facility, child ID fingerprinting kits, mobile fingerprint devices, police bicycles, surveillance cameras, respiratory protection masks and much more. The Foundation also provided a gift to guarantee the SLMPD’s ability to relocate to a desperately needed new police headquarters building at 1915 Olive Street. Learn more