The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation was founded in 1999 as an agency to raise funds to support local law enforcement, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation began thinking bigger in 2014.
“The Foundation increased its outreach by recruiting business and community leaders to our board and increasing the number of events we hold, which allowed us to raise $2 million in 2017, up from less than $200,000 a few years ago,” said Thomas Kovach, who volunteered his time and expertise to develop the strategic plan and then came on board as the Foundation’s first executive director.
The foundation’s work means updated equipment, advanced training, support for families of fallen officers, scholarships and community-safety campaigns such as Every 15 Minutes, Go True Blue and Good Ticket. The Foundation also holds four primary fund-raising events throughout the year, including Cops and Canvas, Sheriff Salutes the Best of the Badge Gala, Lunch with the Sheriff, and Wonder Women of Metro Luncheon. Other events include Santa Cops, Trunk or Treat and National Night Out.
After the 1 October tragedy, the Foundation received nationwide support from citizens, organizations and businesses from across the country and beyond.
“The response was heart-warming, as the Foundation and the department received contributions both in cash and in-kind to support our officers and other first responders,” Kovach said. “We also received cards, notes and artwork displaying the public’s support of LVMPD.”
Looking ahead, Kovach said the Foundation is taking on the biggest project in its history: the funding and development of a new reality-based training facility that will be the first buildings in a larger joint regional training facility that will be the first of its kind in the Western United States.