Motorola Solutions Foundation sponsors new community-police relations institute, gives $3.95 million in public safety grants

Institute will implement recommendations from White House task force
on 21
st century policing

  • The Motorola Solutions Foundation will help launch a program focused
    on community-police relations along with the International Association
    of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • The foundation also announced it will grant $3.95 million to 90
    organizations dedicated to improving public safety in communities in
    the United States and Canada
  • More than 675,000 first responders and citizens will benefit from the
    non-profit organizations’ programming

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola
Solutions, announced today that it will help launch a program focused on
community-police relations as a founding sponsor.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), based in
Alexandria, Va., will lead the Institute for Community-Police Relations,
which will help drive the implementation of recommendations set forth in
the recently published 2015 White House Task Force Report on 21st
Century Policing.

The institute will take the task force’s recommendations and provide
educational materials for local law enforcement agencies across the
country. It will also provide on-site training for police forces,
facilitate citizen-police dialogue to improve trust and develop a
national mentoring program among chiefs of police.

“Building and maintaining community trust is the cornerstone of
successful policing,” said IACP’s President, University of Central
Florida Police Chief Richard Beary. “The generous backing provided by
Motorola Solutions Foundation will enable the Institute for
Community-Police Relations to provide support to state, local and tribal
law enforcement and address the issues identified by the task force and
IACP’s National Policy Summit on Community-Police Relations: Creating a
Culture of Cohesion and Collaboration.”

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is also granting $3.95 million to 90
non-profit organizations to help improve safety and security in
communities across the United States and Canada, as well as honor the
families of fallen first responders and help bolster public safety
education. More than 675,000 first responders and community members will
benefit from the programs funded through the competitive review process.

“At a time when public safety is at the forefront of so many people’s
minds in cities around the world, we are proud to support programs that
aim to improve safety and security in our communities,” said Matt
Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

Here are a few examples of the impact the public safety grants awarded
last year have had so far:

  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
    provided training to law enforcement agencies on model policies and
    best practices to respond to missing children cases. Last year, NCMEC
    partnered with IACP to reach its largest audience ever of 14,000
    public safety professionals.
  • The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation provided scholarship
    assistance to 78 family members of fallen firefighters for education
    and job training costs.
  • The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation delivered police suicide
    prevention and stress management seminars to 300 command personnel and
  • The Texas Game Warden Underwater Search and Recovery (SAR) Team used
    grant funds to train game wardens on safe and effective water rescues
    and to provide them with equipment. This year, historic flooding
    endangered the lives of many Texans and the resources helped game
    wardens save lives with no officer injuries.
  • The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) partnered with police
    executives from across the country to research, discuss and publish
    findings on critical issues in policing.
  • The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars provided
    scholarships to about 300 students with a career interest in public
    safety and criminal justice.
  • The American Red Cross of South Florida educated low-income
    neighborhoods about the importance of fire safety through
    presentations and installation of smoke detectors.
  • The Fisher House Foundation provided lodging to families of service
    members and veterans receiving care at a military or Veterans Affairs
    medical center and supported the construction of 10 new Fisher Houses.

See the full list of grant recipients at

About Motorola Solutions Foundation

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic
arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe,
Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates.
The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong
community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions
Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief,
employee programs and education, especially science, technology,
engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola
Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website:

For more information on how public safety grants are impacting your
community, give us a call.


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