| Our Vision:
The Ottawa Police Foundation (OPF) exists to promote public safety by supporting and providing additional resources for
community outreach programs, for advanced professional development of Ottawa’s law enforcement members, acquisition of
advanced technology to improve crime fighting, and by creating community partnerships that encourage citizen participation to
enhance the safety of Ottawa.
The Role of the Foundation:
The OPF recognizes that the Ottawa Police Department, with more than 85% of its budget devoted to personnel costs, has little
flexibility to develop new programs and encourage innovation. The role of the Foundation is not to supplant funding for basic law
enforcement services, nor to reduce in any way the responsibility of the City of Ottawa to commit the necessary funding for law
enforcement services for its citizens. However, to continue evolving into a modern and progressive organization, the Ottawa Police
Department, in partnership with the community, is pursuing advanced technology, training, and seeking to enhance existing
The Foundation plans to use donations from fellow citizens to enhance the Ottawa Police Department’s efforts in the
following vital areas:
Community Partnerships - Programs like the summer D.A.R.E. Camp that enhances relationships between the community and
the Ottawa Police Department.
Acquisition of advanced technology - to improve employee efficiency, increase officer safety, and to provide enhanced
Establish a Police Cadet Program - that identifies graduating seniors from local high schools who aspire to work as police
officers for the Ottawa Police Department. Successful candidates would work part-time as civilian police cadets. Simultaneously,
theywould attend Neosho County Community College earn an Associates Degree as full-time students on scholarships provided by
Employee Development - Advanced training for all officers, and executive level training to improve professional development.
Moreover, these efforts are designed to serve as a recruiting and retention tool.
Accreditation - Remain accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) as a police
department that is a nationally accredited law enforcement agency. Accreditation provides a process to systematically conduct an
internal review and assessment of the department’s policies and procedures, and make adjustments wherever
necessary to meet a body of internationally accepted standards.