Grants and Projects

TUSTIN POLICE FOUNDATION
Since its inception in September 2010, the Tustin Police Foundation has provided for several local initiatives and ongoing or annual efforts. If you would like your donation to go for us in a particular fund, please specify the specific fund name on the donation.

Mail checks to:
Tustin Police Foundation
14081 Yorba Street, #107,
Tustin, CA 92780

click to donate online with a credit cardYour gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law for a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization (EIN 27-3838044).

A.  General Giving Fund:
This fund can support any program, including the programs listed below.

B.  Designated, or Specific Purpose, Funds:

*  K-9 Unit
(donations currently accepted)Riggs and Eric K, Bravo and Rene B*
Officer Eric Kent with Riggs and Officer Rene Barraza with Bravo.

Riggs just recently received a bullet and stab proof vest, but one is wanted for Bravo.  Please help us raise the approx. $1,200 needed to provide the same protection for special “Officer” Bravo of the Tustin Police Department.
These highly trained police dogs live twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, with their handlers.  In addition to their normal work schedule, there are many hours each week of continual training between the officer and their canine ‘partner’ to keep their skills sharp.
All necessary expenses are under the TPD budget, but as with most things, there are other uncovered costs associated with the training and upkeep of these magnificent dogs.  Money in this fund will, also, offset future retirement expenses of the Tustin Police Department’s K-9 unit.

*  Equipment, Training and Technology
(donations currently accepted)
The Tustin Police are provided with all they need by the City of Tustin, but sometimes is equipment, training, or technology that the Officers would like.  Donations towards this account will fund the Officers wishes as they are identified to the Tustin Police Foundation.

 

*  Give Children Hope, We’ve Got Your Back
(donations currently accepted)
This program is in the Tustin Unified School District, offers a class on Nutrition for children identified under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act.  Each Friday, the child then receives a back pack filled with enough food for a family of four.  These back packs gives the children food during the week-end when school meals are not available.  $240 will feed a family for one year.

* Team Kids, Chief and bus  Team Kids
(donations currently accepted)
The TPF joined with the Tustin Police Department (TPD) to present a pilot program in an elementary school.  A Tustin Police Officer mentored 4th and 5th grade students as they developed leadership and team-building skills.  The students were empowered to make a difference in their school and community while building their self-esteem.

Tustin Santa Sleigh
photo courtesy OC register

*  Santa’s Sleigh
(donations currently accepted)
The TPF has provided candy canes for Santa’s Sleigh for several years.  This Sleigh was designed and is operated by the Tustin Police Department.  Each December, Santa in his sleigh travels through the streets of Tustin stopping frequently to let the children sit on Santa’s lap for a photo and receive a candy cane.  It’s becoming an increasingly popular family Holiday outing.

*  Santa’s Cop
(donations currently accepted)
The Tustin Police Department provides gifts for those families living in Tustin with limited resources and not be able to give gifts to their children during the holiday. In 2014, many parents had their children wait until Christmas morning to open this, the only gift they would receive.  Unwrapped gifts (no stuffed animals) are accepted in the lobbies of the Tustin Police Department and Tustin City Hall during November, and donations to the Tustin Police Foundation will supplement this program.

baker2vegas team*  Baker to Vegas
(donations currently accepted)
This annual run from Baker, California to Las Vegas, Nevada is for law enforcement personnel.  There is a maximum of 270 teams with 6000 runners during this week-end run.  The TPD finished their last race in 20 hours and 31 minutes.  The training period leading up to the race, and the race itself, promotes physical fitness, teamwork, camaraderie and competition for the members of the department.

*  Homeless
(donations currently accepted)
The Tustin Police Foundation has joined with Coast to Coast to provide aid to the homeless. The police department identifies those with needs giving one-day bus passes, meal vouchers and clothing for the homeless. Additionally, dental care has been provided with the cooperation of Dr. Ashok Mehta of Southland Dental Arts in Tustin assisting the homeless regain employment opportunities.

Some of the Past Programs and Projects Funded by the Tustin Police Foundation:

Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement
Nationally recognized police psychologist Dr. Kevin Gilmartin will discuss the causes of and interventions for emotional issues that face law enforcement personnel. This seminar will give all the TPD Officers, Support Staff, and their families strategies to reduce the impact of stress and get more out of their careers and relationships. Dr. Gilmartin will use his book, Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement, as a guide. He also discusses the communication challenges that may cause law enforcement officer’s relationships and marriages to fail.

Project 999
Supporting Fallen Peace Officers And Their Families in Orange County, California. Law enforcement officials cycle 630 miles from Sacramento to Santa Ana to raise money and honor those fallen who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

Debbie Isom Fund
Debbie is a Records Support Specialist for Tustin PD. She had a car accident and was critically injured. This gave the Foundation a jump start as we wanted to do something for one of our own. The first money was collected on 6-27-11 and PD employees donated to assist Debbie and her family in expenses incurred.

Police Softball Fund
Several officers play in an international softball league. A donation was made specifically for their use and directed to their league.

Johnny Bottema Fund
Johnny has lived in the community for many years and has known and helped many of our officers over that time. He now is receiving chemotherapy and is living in a hotel. One of our officers, Brad Saunders has been bringing meals to Johnny. A reporter from the Register wrote an article about how Brad and his wife were assisting Johnny and added if anyone else wanted to help, they could send their donations to the Tustin Police Foundation. We have received donations from all over the county. These funds were used to help Johnny obtain transportation to his appointments and help defray the cost of his rent. This now allows him to purchase the medications he needs.

Glenn Bouck Fund
was a long time resident of the City and neighbor to Red Hill Lutheran School. There was a major fire in his home and the students held a fund raiser to help him. They collected donations and turned it in to the Foundation to be given to Mr. Bouck. In the interim, Mr. Bouck passed away and we are holding the funds. The Board needs to determine how to proceed with this: return the money to the school; allow the school to determine an alternative charity for the funds or give the money to the estate.

Monse Rodrigiuez Fund
is a Police Explorer with Buena Park. Monse had brain surgery and was in a coma. Chief Sainez sent out a countywide plea for help. We collected donated funds from employees in a few days and deposited it in the bank account established for her assistance.