Faygo Joins Growing Support to Help Detroit’s Superheroes: Police, Firefighters, Paramedics – Detroit’s First Responders

The Detroit Public Safety Foundation (DPSF) today announced the launch of the Detroit Superhero Challenge (www.DetroitSuperHeroes.org). The Challenge is to raise funds for critically needed equipment and support for Detroit’s first responders — Detroit’s Superheroes. DPSF provides the resources and vital support to the Detroit Police Department, Detroit Fire Department, paramedics, and other critical first responders. Every contribution is tax-deductible.

“A critical part of Detroit’s resurgence is the strength of our public and emergency safety system,” said Catherine Govan, executive director of the Detroit Public Safety Foundation. “We know that the surge behind Detroit’s reinvention is due to the strength and grit of all citizens. That’s why we’re asking everyone, near and far, to give what they can — no donation is too small — to help purchase the equipment and supplies needed by those who willingly put themselves in the line of fire every day to protect us.

“We urge everyone to take the Detroit Superhero Challenge by going to (www.DetroitSuperHeroes.org) and giving to this worthy cause today. While there, we hope everyone will also post a short video telling the world why they support Detroit.”

Govan also announced that iconic Detroit beverage company Faygo, is joining the many other corporations in supporting the work of the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, including: PVS Chemicals, Suburban Collection, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Quicken Loans, Home Depot Foundation, DTE Foundation, Strategic Staffing Solutions, AAA, Absopure Water Company, Skillman Foundation, and many others.

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Donation will cover costs for five horses for one year

DPD_Mntd182DETROIT, Mich. – March 17, 2014 – Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3), an international IT and business services company based in Detroit, adopted the Detroit Police Department’s Mounted Unit for one year.  The adoption was made through the Detroit Public Safety Foundation.

S3 will pay for the general care of the Mounted Unit’s five horses for the entire year, including hay, feed, vitamins, medications, bedding, vaccinations and vet costs, and new shoes and trim every six weeks.  Care for one horse per year costs $7,500.

“The Mounted Unit represents an important branch in Detroit’s Police Department, including Search and Rescue and crowd control,” said Mounted Unit Sergeant Erik Eide.  “We are beyond humbled by Strategic Staffing Solution’s generosity in helping us care for our horses.”  The Mounted Unit is comprised of Big Baby, Elmo, Ivan, Tiny and Vader.

Sgt. Eide first met representatives from S3 in December at the Detroit Public Safety Foundation’s Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony, resulting in S3’s interest to adopt the horses.

“Detroit must be safe and secure to attract the businesses and talent it needs to grow and continue on with its transformation,” said Cindy Pasky, president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions. “The Mounted Unit plays a key role in that attraction through crime prevention and detection as well as community engagement. S3 is glad to help support the men and women of that unit as they work every day to keep our city safe.”

The Mounted Unit rides 365 days a year unless weather does not permit (below 15 degrees, heavy rain, lighting or ice storms).

They maintain police presence through daily patrols around busy Downtown and Midtown areas.  At night, the unit patrols entertainment districts and the Detroit Riverwalk.  Officers and horses also patrol neighborhoods and parks as needed based on crime activities.

The unit patrols major sporting events at all three sports venues downtown (Comerica Park, Ford Field and Joe Louis Arena) and is on site during any concerts held at these venues, as well.

Additionally, officers and horses attend hundreds of school and community events as requested, as well as career days and block parties.

“The service provided by the Detroit Police Mounted Unit to our citizens is immeasurable,” said Chief James Craig. “The very generous donation and adoption of our horses by S3 is more than just a financial pledge – it is a strong commitment to the community in which we all serve.”

“We are delighted to see the formation of such a great partnership between S3 and the Mounted Unit,” said Catherine Govan, executive director of the Detroit Public Safety Foundation.  “It is thanks to the support of corporate citizens like S3 that we are able to continue our public safety mission.  Their adoption of the Mounted Unit is a wonderful example of public and private sectors coming together to make a strong community in the city of Detroit.”

In 2013, S3 donated more than $1 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable efforts around the world and has donated more than $7 million since 2005.

About the Detroit Public Safety Foundation

The Detroit Public Safety Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization formed in 2011 dedicated to providing world class public safety to the citizens, businesses and visitors of Detroit.  The mission of the Detroit Public Safety Foundation is to promote safety by enhancing the capabilities of the Detroit Police Department and Detroit Fire Department by facilitating access to world-class processes and operational tools.  The Foundation serves as a liaison between the public and private sectors of the City of Detroit and seeks to engage all on the core issues of public safety and serve as advocates for the police, fire and public safety departments. 

About Strategic Staffing Solutions

 Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) is an international, woman-owned, $238 million IT and business services company based in Detroit. S3 is ranked the sixth largest diversity staffing firm in the US by Staffing Industry Analysts and 16th among the largest staffing firms in the US by Staffing Industry Report. It is also one of five companies nationally that is a certified Charter Partner with Staffing Industry Analysts. S3 provides IT consulting, customized project solutions, vendor management programs and an executive search service to financial institutions, energy companies, telecommunications, government agencies and retail and health care industries worldwide. It has more than 2,000 consultants and 29 offices, 24 in the U.S. and five in Europe. For more information visit our website at http://www.strategicstaff.com/ or follow us on Facebook: Careers at Strategic Staffing Solutions.

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  • TONY BRISCOE
  • DECEMBER 3, 2013
Outgoing Detroit Fire Commissioner Donald R. Austin, left, with Fire Fighter Medal of Valor recipient Ronald Mitchell and Deputy Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins during the Above & Beyond Ceremony Tuesday night. (Ricardo Thomas / The Detroit News)

Outgoing Detroit Fire Commissioner Donald R. Austin, left, with Fire Fighter Medal of Valor recipient Ronald Mitchell and Deputy Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins during the Above & Beyond Ceremony Tuesday night. (Ricardo Thomas / The Detroit News)

Detroit — When firefighter Ronald Mitchell arrived at a burning house on the city’s west side and learned someone was still inside, he barreled into thick black smoke to rescue the 81-year-old man unresponsive inside.

If it wasn’t for Mitchell’s actions, the victim might not have survived, according to the Fire Department.

Police officer Tyrone Gray was off duty when he heard “Help her! They are killing her!” He found two large pit bulls attacking a 63-year-old woman on the east side and fired shots, striking one dog, to end the attack.

The woman’s wounds could have been fatal if Gray had not taken action, police said.

Mitchell and Gray were two of the members of the Detroit police and fire departments to receive the Medal of Valor, a recognition of their bravery in the line of duty at the Above & Beyond Ceremony Tuesday night.

“It’s mostly just a part of the job and trying to do it well,” Mitchell said. “I try to pass on what I’ve learned.”

A crowd of more than 600 people, including first responders, guests and members of the business community heard master of ceremonies Ed Gordon detail some of the most courageous acts of the past year. Gordon, a Detroit native, is host of the nationally syndicated radio program “Weekend with Ed Gordon.” The event was hosted by the Detroit Public Safety Foundation at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. The Obama administration’s point person in Detroit, Don Graves, provided thanks to first responders from President Barack Obama.

All in a day’s work, said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

“These feats of excellence are routine for the men and women who don the uniform of the Detroit Police Department,” Craig said.

Craig told the audience that earlier in the day about 200 law enforcement officers conducted a raid on Martin Luther King Apartments, a haven for violent crime and drugs, arresting 42 people on felony and misdemeanor crimes. The operation was called “Super Six” in honor of fallen officer John Anderson.

“Rest assured, there will be a party coming to a neighborhood near you … and maybe a few after-parties,” Craig said in reference to residents celebrating a safer community as a result of the raid and others recently on Jefferson.

The Police Department recently reported a drop in violent crime in the city. Police have seen slayings plummet, with one homicide in the past 10 days, according to Sgt. Michael Woody.

Fire Commissioner Donald Austin, who announced his resignation Tuesday morning, commended the dedication of firefighters and EMS personnel. He said after his last day Dec. 31, he will continue to be involved in the transition of the new department head.

“Once you’re on the team — team Detroit — you’re always on the team,” Austin said. “And I look at this … as me running my leg of a relay race, and it’s time for me to pass the baton off, but it’s also time for me to stand on the sideline to cheer on my teammates.”

Other Medal of Valor recipients included police officers Kevin Chubb, Nathan Cover, Alexander Roths, Mark Stevelinck, Anthony Jackson, James McDonald, Ali Jabar, David Sanders, DeRon Dotson, Lamar Penn, Aref Algarrafi, Robert Sanchez, Johanna Todd, Stephen Townsend, Luis Caban, Fitzgerald Harris, Aaron Colwell, Matthew Bolden, Ryan Paul, Vitaliy Borshch, Johnny Fox, Aaron Haley, Stephen Perez, William Johnson, DeJuan Pugh, Terrence Washington, John Pinchum, Malcolm Jones, Donald Coleman, Kristopher White, LaVanita Burke, Timothy Simons, Barney Williams, Tremayne Brooks, Deitrich Spidell, Emnia Biogradlija, Jason Murdock, David Ball and Jay Allor; and police Sgts. Kurt Worboys, Mark Campau and Barbara Profit; police Lt. Dale Greenleaf; EMT Ricky Edler; and firefighters John Simpson and Thomas Shirk.

Saul Green, former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, along with the district’s incumbent U.S. attorney, Barbara McQuade, received the Integrity and Ethics Award. Dan Loepp, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, received the City Change Maker Award for his public safety efforts, which included helping to restore lighting downtown and BCBS’ $1 million contribution for new public safety vehicles.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131203/METRO01/312030123#ixzz2mcmbkC7r

NOVEMBER 29, 2013

  • TONY BRISCOE
  • THE DETROIT NEWS

Detroit — O’Dell Tate has volunteered for the city’s Angels’ Night patrols for more than a decade and has watched as firefighters battle blazes that strain resources and put neighborhoods on edge.

Now, with a $24.2 million federal grant — the largest ever awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to a fire department — and two savvy grant writers, the city stands to hire 150 new firefighters.

“It couldn’t come at a better time,” Tate said. “We have wonderful firefighters here, but for a city Detroit’s size, to increase our numbers would be a great asset.”

After losing out on millions in federal grants for years, the Fire Department turned to the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, a nonprofit foundation founded in 2011 to boost Detroit’s waning public safety resources.

“The Fire Department is an area that has so many needs and they didn’t have anybody that has focused on writing grants … ,” Catherine Govan, executive director of the foundation. “It just makes us feel that we’re doing what we need to do to help the city.”

Govan said the nonprofit dedicated two grant writers to look for any grant “we could possibly get.”

The grant will fund new firefighters’ salaries and benefits for two years.

The Fire Department had never secured a grant from FEMA’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program, or SAFER, until 2011, when the foundation stepped in. Since then, the Fire Department captured a $22.5 million award in 2012, the largest SAFER grant awarded up to that point, that kept 108 firefighters from layoffs. In October of that year, the city laid off 26 firefighters, but they returned a month later under another SAFER grant of $5.6 million.

The latest grant is a “godsend,” said Executive Fire Commissioner Don Austin, who credited the foundation with securing the grants that will boost staffing.

“This is wonderful news for the city of Detroit and for our firefighters,” Austin said. “The average age of our firefighters is 45, so we need some new blood and this is really going to support that effort.”

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January 15, 2014

By Nancy Kaffer

Detroit Free Press Columnist

Screen Shot 2014-01-17 at 3.04.19 PMDetroit Police Chief James Craig wants to fix his department, and he wants to do it quickly.

In an aggressive 100-page plan released last week, Craig and his command staff — assisted by consultants Conway MacKenzie and the Bratton Group — detail sweeping goals for the department: Hire 150 new police officers by the middle of this year (there are currently about 50 prospective officers in academy classes); assign detectives to 12 standalone precincts; bring the response time to “Priority 1” calls down to five minutes, and reduce overall crime by 10%.

Those are the broad-brush goals. The report also includes a breakdown of department and precinct-level changes designed to create a more functional police force, and not incidentally, free the department from federal oversight (it has operated under two consent decrees since 2003).

It’s difficult to argue with any of those goals. More cops on the street? Faster response times? Reduction in crime? Who wouldn’twant that?

They’re also not particularly new. Every Detroit Police Department chief has — correctly — identified the trouble spots. Most efforts to improve department performance have foundered against the city’s slow-moving bureaucracy and worsening budget woes.

But Craig was hired by and answers only to Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr, not the Detroit City Council or the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners. It’s a simplification of the chain of command that should enable Craig to push change, quickly, given the department’s personnel and technological constraints (technology upgrades are part of the plan).

It also means Craig can be less accountable than past police chiefs. Backed by Orr, and with his faith and confidence, Craig can make changes to department operations or protocol almost unilaterally, which means he can push rapid change.

Yet it’s difficult to overstate the importance of oversight and accountability in any government institution.

Some of the goals that Craig’s plan sets forth seem optimistic at best, or hinge directly on the department’s ability to spend money on new officers or new technology. Bill Nowling, Orr’s spokesman, said the funds to pay for such things will be designated in the city’s plan of adjustment to settle its debts and obligations in its municipal bankruptcy filing, and could include federal grant money and restructuring funds. The plan of adjustment should be complete within weeks.

Knowling says Craig meets regularly with the emergency manager and with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

It’s impossible to argue that the department is doing well — though it would be equally foolish to lay the blame for its struggles on the shoulders of Detroit police, who do an incredibly difficult, dangerous and demanding job for much less pay than their suburban counterparts, and do it with fewer resources.

In 2012, there were 386 murders in Detroit — the highest number in decades — before dropping to 333 last year. Police also reported a decrease in the rate of other violent crimes, such as nonfatal shootings, aggravated assaults, robberies, sexual assaults, carjackings, burglaries and stolen vehicles. Police closed about 50% of the city’s homicides in 2013; Craig’s plan sets the bar for 2014 at 70%.

These are unacceptable conditions, and they’ve got to change. This means that the department must change. And with hundreds of Detroit­ers dying each year, let’s hope Craig’s plan is the one that works.

Contact Nancy Kaffer: 313-222-6585 or nkaffer@freepress.com.

 

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November 19, 2013

 

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The Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), Planet Dog’s non-profit grant-making organization, has given a $7,500 grant to the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Detroit, MI.  The grant is one of eleven new grants that PDF has awarded this month to canine service organizations in ten states.

The PDF grant to the Detroit Public Safety Foundation (DPSF) will help meet the demand for explosive sweep requests by creating a Detroit Community Safety Sniffers program and covering the cost of acquiring one dog and training that dog and its handler to detect explosives as well as maintenance training to ensure effective performance.   The grant will enable the program to increase its explosion-detection capacity from four to five dogs, and increase its community outreach.

IMG_0049“We are thrilled the Planet Dog Foundation is supporting the Detroit Police Department and the K-9 Unit through the Detroit Public Safety Foundation,” said Catherine Govan, executive director of DPSF.  “This generous grant will allow our hard-working K-9 Unit to expand its extensive community service capabilities to benefit the citizens of Detroit.”

Planet Dog, the pet industry’s socially responsible leader, is on their way to achieving another million dollar milestone.  Earlier this year, PDF announced it had given over $1 million dollars since 2006 to help dogs help people in need.  Planet Dog is proud to donate 2% of every purchase of its award-winning products to PDF.

“We are thrilled to announce new grants to eleven exemplary canine service programs in ten states across the country,” says Kristen Smith, the Executive Director of the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF). “Establishing these new partnerships is a great way for us to embark on our next million dollars of giving and we look forward to learning more about our new grantees and seeing the grants in action,” adds Smith.

The new grantees may be from Arkansas, Baltimore, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Texas, but the reach of their programs goes well beyond their borders.  In addition to the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, the PDF grants will support Service Dog, Therapy Dog and other canine service programs from the following canine service organizations:  A Fair Shake for Youth, Inc. (New York, NY); American Scent Dog Association (Little Rock, AR); America’s VetDogs – The Veteran’s K-9 Corps, Inc. (Smithtown, NY); Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (Whiting, NJ); Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc. (Bloomfield, CT); HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response (Eugene, OR); MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (Baltimore, MD); New Horizons Service Dogs, Inc. (Orange City, FL); Paws for People – Pet-Assisted Visitation Services, Inc. (Newark, DE) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (Dallas, TX).

The mission of the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF) is to promote and celebrate programs in which dogs serve and support their bestfriends.  PDF is funded primarily by Planet Dog’s contribution of 2% of every sale to the Foundation’s grantmaking fund.  Planet Dog’s contributions are augmented through private donations and the proceeds from local fundraising events as well as the Orbee-Tuff Glow for Good Ball, a best seller that donates 100% of its sales to PDF.

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“There is an overwhelming need for funding to support canine service programs and the amazing ways dogs are helping people in need,” says Smith.  “We are thrilled to have donated over $1,000,000 in support of over 100 exceptional programs and are proud to continue to romp the romp and provide PDF with resources to keep having a real impact on the working dog community,” adds Smith.

 

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November 27, 2013

Gala Honors Detroit Police, Fire and EMS First Responders
And Bestows Medal Of Valor And Purple Heart Awards

The Detroit Public Safety FoundationDPS_AboveBeyond_V3b will host the 2013 Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Cobo Center. The gala recognizes Detroit police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel for acting above and beyond in the line of duty.

Selected honorees will receive the Medal of Valor or First Responder Purple Heart. Detroit Police Chief James E. Craig and Detroit Fire Commissioner Donald R. Austin will present the awards. Emmy award-winning broadcaster and Detroiter Ed Gordon will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

“The Detroit Public Safety Foundation takes pride in supporting the efforts of the police, fire and EMS departments,” said Jim Nicholson, chairman of the Detroit Public Safety Foundation. “We salute their dedication and their resilience.”
Civilians Dan Loepp, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan, will receive the “City Change Maker” Award. Saul Green, attorney at Miller Canfield, will receive the “Integrity and Ethics” Award. Detroit’s first responders will be in attendance, along with civic, business and community leaders; local, state and federal elected and law enforcement officials; and the honorees’ families, friends and colleagues.

“Community support keeps spirits alive,” Austin said. “Those of us in leadership positions are proud to say we work with Detroit’s finest. I am thankful DPSF is bringing our first responders together to acknowledge their tremendous work.”

Some examples of Detroit first responders acting above and beyond the call of duty include the brave actions of a firefighter who busted into a burning house to find an unconscious child and carried him out to safety. Then, without hesitation, rushed back inside to search for more people and brought out a second civilian who wasn’t breathing. Both were saved. Examples include police officers’ selfless actions in keeping calm to prevent a barricaded gunman from firing his gun.

“After 36 years of service in Law Enforcement, I am excited to be back in my hometown serving on what I consider the best Police Department in the country.” Craig said “Leading such a courageous group of men and women is truly an honor.”

Reserved seating for the ceremony and dinner are free to first responders. Their guests can attend for $10. General ticket prices range from $150 to $500. Sponsorship packages start at $1,500. Media partners include The Detroit Media Partnership, The Michigan Chronicle and WWJ 950 AM. Visit www.detroitpublicesafetyfoundation.org for more information. To reserve a table or for more information, email: cgovan@detroitpublicsafetyfoundation.org or call: (313) 628-2160.

Sep 05, 2013

By Alyssa Strickland-Keqaj, Fox 2 Producer

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DETROIT (WJBK) — Detroit’s firefighters put their lives on the line every single day to protect the people. Now they’re asking for the public to help them raise money for a good cause.

The Detroit Fire Department is raffling off a trip for two to Italy as a fundraiser. The prize is vacation to Rome, Florence, and Venice including round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and guided tours. The trip is provided by Trafalgar Tours.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, the Detroit Firemen’s Benevolent Fund, and the Detroit Fire Department.

Tickets cost $5 each. The drawing will take place at Noon on Friday, September 13th at the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters.

For complete contest rules and to view the full itinerary for the trip to Italy click here
Read more: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/23353519/detroit-firefighters-raffle-off-trip-for-two-to-italy#ixzz2hj4ZfsTQ

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The Detroit Public Safety Foundation, in partnership with the Detroit Firemen’s Benevolent Fund, is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a trip for two to Italy to visit Rome, Venice and Florence. Airfare, hotel accommodations and guided tours are included.

Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters downtown at 1301 Third Street.

All proceeds benefit the Detroit Fire Department, The Detroit Firemen’s Benevolent Fund and the Detroit Public Safety Foundation.

August 28, 2013
CRIME IN DETROIT

  • BARBARA L. MCQUADE

Screen Shot 2013-08-28 at 10.25.37 AMAttorney General Eric Holder recently announced a new “Smart on Crime” initiative. A key component of the initiative is prevention of violent crime.

Here in Detroit, a new violent crime prevention strategy called Ceasefire Detroit will begin on Thursday.

Developed by Professor David M. Kennedy of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, Ceasefire works to reduce gang violence. Ceasefire Detroit is funded by the Detroit Public Safety Foundation and a Justice Department grant. The pilot program will cover the geographic area of the Detroit Police Department’s Eastern District.

Here is how Ceasefire Detroit works. Violent street group members on parole or probation are called in to meetings as a condition of their release. There, they meet with three sets of participants. First, law enforcement officials, including prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s office, explain to the street groups that continued violence will result in prosecution and stiff prison sentences. Second, social service providers describe services that are available under re-entry programs to help street group members succeed outside of prison, such as job training programs, substance abuse counseling, and bus transportation, for example.

But the key component that makes Ceasefire unique is the third meeting component, comprised of residents of the street group members’ own communities — clergy, ex-offenders and families of victims of violent crime. These residents describe in graphic and personal terms the consequences of violence in their neighborhood, and insist that the street group members help stop the violence. It is this expression of community outrage against the violence that makes Ceasefire so successful. As Prof. Kennedy says, even criminals care about kids and grandmother

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