Thank you from the Mill Creek Police Foundation
Letter to the Editor
Last updated 9/6/2019 at 1:21pm
Regarding the article “Foundation dedicated to serving those who protect.”
I want to thank Dan at the Mill Creek Beacon for offering his enthusiastic and beautiful article about the Mill Creek Police Foundation. Unfortunately, much of that article was inaccurate and I appreciate the Beacon for giving me the opportunity to correct some of the misinformation.
I have worked with several law enforcement agencies and Mill Creek has the most genuinely caring police department I have ever worked with. One thing I have learned over the years is that it is not at all uncommon for officers to purchase equipment they believe will do a better, safer job than what their city budget affords. That should never ever reflect negatively on the city. It simply means there is an area where the community can help.
In 2017 Chief Elwin asked that we form a foundation so we could accept dedicated donations from the community and do fundraising. Roy Cats donated $7,500 to get us started, followed by much more as needed. Barbara Perra gave $1,000 for the K9 program and over the past year the Mill Creek Rotary and Kiwanis clubs have been very generous in their support, along with Western Pacific Insurance, Computer Concepts, Full Potential Accounting, North Creek Roofing, CubeSmart and too many more to mention here.
The City of Mill Creek provided thousands of dollars needed for the purchase, training, vehicle customizing, equipment, protective vest and much more to bring us our new K9 Bagira. The foundation did not pay any of those expenses. For the state-of-the-art kennel, the city poured the concrete, North Creek Roofing built the roof and gutters, officers and friends did the physical construction work, and donations made to the foundation paid for everything in between. Community teamwork. It really is a thing of beauty!
Like hundreds of other cities across the nation, Mill Creek’s Police Foundation began with a K9 project, but it has gone on to fund our first ever Chief for a Day, uniforms for three Citizen Patrol members, and the first ever appreciation luncheon for our police spouses. All items donated by the foundation to the city must always be approved by Chief Elwin and the City Manager. Our fundraising efforts in the Mill Creek community help bridge the gap between what the city can budget for the MCPD and all its community outreach programs and what the actual cost ends up being.
This year we raised about $1,200 at the Mill Creek Festival in July and about $250 at Starbucks in August. Our September 22nd event will be The Oyster Run in Anacortes. We are currently raising money for several projects, and accepting new members. Like me, you do not need to live in Mill Creek to join the foundation. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month and visitors are always welcome. If you are looking for a great way to serve the community, please check us out at http://www.millcreekpolicefoundation.com .