DeWITT POLICE FOUNDATION
DeWitt Police Foundation
Through a partnership with the DeWitt Police Department, a non-profit foundation has been established to promote crime prevention, public safety and education in the DeWitt area. The DeWitt Police Foundation will work to promote quality of life in DeWitt by providing a charitable organization that can fund public safety initiatives that tax dollars may not always be able to, such as: College scholarships for high school graduates planning on majoring in Criminal Justice,Child education and safety materials and supplies,Citizen Police Academy,National Night Out,Safety equipment like bulletproof vests and defibrillators,Crime prevention programs,Initiatives that will reduce crime and improve the quality of life in DeWitt.
The DeWitt Police Foundation Board of Directors consists of the following community members:
- David Pillers (President),
- Don Thiltgen (Vice-President),
- JoElla O'Connell (Secretary),
- Casey Walker (Treasurer),
- Gary Rippentrop
- Darwin Kilburg
- Kevin Smith
- Carolyn Moore
- Connie Fuglsang
- Lori Rhodes
- Traci Paulsen
- Chief of Police serves as a non-voting advisor to the board.
The DeWitt Police Foundation will be under the umbrella of the DeWitt Area Foundation. Gifts to the Police Foundation are tax deductible. Gifts are used for events and purchases the police department has. Please see a short list of the many purposes gifts have been used for in the past.
In addition, the DeWitt Police Foundation Board has awarded several scholarships to graduates of Central High School that are continuing their education in criminal justice. For more information on this scholarship, please view the Scholarship page on this website.
The DeWitt Police Foundation has provided funds for the following purposes:
- AED (defibrillator)
- Gun Safe
- Donation to Clinton Co. Sheriff's K-9 Program
- National Night Out funding
- Start up expenses for the Police Explorers Program
- Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
- Medical Response bags for each officer
- Crime Scene processing bags for each officer