A group of community leaders met Monday night in the offices of Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal to announce the launch of the Slidell Friends' Police Foundation (FOSPF), a non-profit group. lucrative created to provide the department with resources that it does not get from the city. .

The FOSPF was modeled on similar foundations across the country, whereby donors become members of the foundation and pay funds to different levels of sponsorship. All that is collected will cover the cost of programs such as the Slidell Police Department's Mounted Division, its Children and Police Program (KAP), the K-9 Division, reserve officers and tragedy funds to assist the police local in his own hours.

FOSPF will also contribute to the purchase of high-tech equipment for the local police and allow officers to participate in additional training programs.

The foundation's mission is "to improve security, raise public awareness, provide resources and improve performance within the Slidell Police Department through mentorship, collaboration, citizen participation and support to make Slidell a safer city for everyone. "

The city provides in its annual budget money to provide the SPD with operational funding to pay agents and purchase vehicles and equipment. FOSPF, however, acts as a fundraising agency for the department and can solicit donations that enhance its internal and external capacity.

Fandal noted, for example, that his mounted division attended many events such as parades and festivals each year, but was funded entirely by mounted division officers. The Kids and Police program, which provides police mentors to troubled youth, had no real source of income until the creation of the FSWC.

"We could not do anything without this fantastic board of directors," he said. "They were really incredible."

The FOSPF was truly created in late 2016 when Fandal, who had just been elected chief, and Carrie Calvin, local accountant, spoke about Fandal's desire to create a police foundation for the SPD. Calvin, who previously co-founded the "Pray for Our Peacebuilders" police support organization in Baton Rouge, has agreed to recruit volunteer members of the FOSPF Board of Directors and has found a strong body of local business leaders, nonprofit organizations and churches. help.

"They always tell you that when you find your passion, it does not work," said Calvin. "At that time (when we founded Prayer for our peacemakers), I found my passion … I believe God has just deployed it for me; help give back to those men and women who risk their lives for us. "

Andrew Frisard, Vice President; Pastor Donald Bryan, secretary; Kelly Burdett, Treasurer; René Arcemont, public relations; Jack Francioni, Sonny Hodgson, Ron Newson and Heather Alongi. Fandal is advisor to the board of directors, as is the SPD information officer, Daniel Seuzeneau, SPD Training Director, Eddie Lamulle; KAP coordinator Cliff Laigast; Marvin Bordelon from the SPD Rising Division and Dania, Fandal's wife.

To officially launch the fundraising, FOSPF will hold the "Blue Line Bash" on January 19th at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. Guests will enjoy a selection of premium food and beverages, and Five Finger Discount will host live music. The cost is $ 75 per person or $ 650 for a table of 10.

Tickets to sit with Chef Fandal and his wife at a VIP table (with server) cost $ 150 each.

The doors open at 7.30 pm and the party will start at 8 pm until midnight. The dress is "resort casual" and the theme of the evening is Blue & Black.

Individual tickets can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com and table sponsorships can be purchased at www.friendsofslidellpolicefoundation.org or on the group's Facebook page.

Citizens can also become members of the foundation and make contributions on the FOSPF website.

For more information, call Frisard at (504) 512-1039 or Calvin at (985) 788-6534.