Fox-11 Forum, 7:30 AM, 10/18/09

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Rich Harper, Board Chair, Tucson Police Foundation,  an independent, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to fostering public safety through community building, education and outreach. 

Harper says the mission of TPF is to foster public safety through community building, education, and outreach. In concert with the Tucson Police Department, he says the foundation works with a range of community safety advocates to develop and implement public safety and crime prevention programs. 

Harper says the Foundation was founded in 2003 in the aftermath of TPD budget cuts of some worthwhile projects that just didn’t “make the final cut.”  He says while the city budget provides the necessary resources to fund the operations of the Tucson Police Department, a number of important community programs continue to be threatened or cut due to lack of funding. He says TPF provided funds to the family of slain officer Erik Hite to cover expenses related to their travel to DC for the Fallen Officer Memorial there.  He says TPF also provided “quik clots” for every patrol car.  These are “patches” that instantly clot a wound.  He says TPF is also helping supply tasers to each filed division since Tucson has fewer tasers per officer than most other
jurisdictions.

Harper says another major project that returns something to citizens is the Safe Teen Accident Reduction Training program for teens aged 16 to 19.  He says TPF officers teach them off-road recovery, evasive steering, skid recovery and more,  at the TPD Training Academy driving course.