Following the shooting at YouTube headquarters, Google and YouTube donated $280K to a community foundation to fund police, first responder training
The shooting at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, opened the eyes of employees of that large corporation to the risks that police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics take every day to protect their communities. Within a week of that violent event, YouTube employees, Google and Google.org donated more than $280,000 to the San Bruno Community Foundation's First Responder Effectiveness Strategic Initiative.
The initiative, which began only a month before the shooting, supports first responder effectiveness training and other programs in partnership with the San Bruno Police and Fire Departments. It started with an initial grant of $160,000 from the Foundation to the city of San Bruno. The grant was generated from the $70 million in restitution funds paid by Pacific Gas and Electric after the devastating 2010 pipeline explosion that rocked that community.
The San Bruno First Responder Effectiveness Strategic Initiative aims to bolster the effectiveness of the city’s first responders, both in their daily interaction with the community and in the event of a serious disaster.
The pipeline explosion that birthed the San Bruno Community Foundation, along with the most recent shooting at the YouTube headquarters, led the Foundation to recognize the importance of giving first responders the tools and training that the city’s budget cannot support.
The funding will be used to support three main projects:
Not only will the funds support the equipment, supplies and training necessary for first responders to provide public safety to the community daily and in times of disaster, but these dollars will also focus on the individual police officer’s physical and mental health as they perform their duties.
Over the past few years, community foundations across the U.S. have established similar initiatives that recognize the importance of first responder effectiveness, providing grants, donations and other types of support. Here are a few examples:
You can find community foundations throughout the country. As the name implies, these philanthropic organizations are established to support statewide, regional or local communities. They can serve as a resource for your police department, so encourage them to allocate funding for “effectiveness initiatives” similar to those being implemented in San Bruno. Here are five ways to accomplish this:
The partnership you establish with your community foundation could help fund an effectiveness initiative for your department, providing valuable tools and training to better prepare your officers for the challenges they face protecting your communities.
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