Police Foundation Building Community Support The Arlington Police Foundation took their support for the Arlington Police Department to new heights in 2018. The Police Foundation was instrumental in helping purchase new “go bags” for every officer with the department. These “go bags” have tactical equipment that is essential for officer safety and the direct support of the Police Foundation made this possible. Membership drives and the Annual Back the Blue Bash were among the successful fundraising efforts planned and organized by members of the Police Foundation with widespread support from the Arlington and Tarrant County business communities. The Police Foundation also helps with events at the Training Center for academy recruits by sponsoring the family night dinner for the recruits and their families. The Foundation sponsored the John V. and Jeri McMillan Memorial 40 | 2018 Annual Report The financial support we receive from the Police Foundation allows us to express to officers and professional staff how important their work is to the safety of everyone in Arlington. — Police Chief Will Johnson Annual Awards Ceremony in 2018. Close to 750 guests gathered at the Convention Center in February 2018 to honor the Arlington PD Officer of the Year, Detective of the Year, Rookie of the Year and a number of other award recipients. The annual ceremony also recognizes outstanding business and citizen/ community partnerships who contribute to the mission of Arlington PD. “Every officer and non-sworn professional member of the Arlington Police Department knows that their contribution to a safer Arlington is being noticed,” said Chief Johnson. The Police Foundation provides support for various programs that enable officers to create and sustain partnerships in the community that promote crime prevention and crime reduction. Chairman Jim Ross said the Police Foundation was also able to grow its leadership in 2019 with the addition of new board members. “The Police Foundation is a charitable organization created to support the men and women of the Arlington Police Department and the work they do to help our community,” Jim Ross said.