Mayor Slay said the following:
"Keeping our community safe is a shared responsibility. We're just a couple of days into City control of the police department, and I couldn't be happier with the partnership we have - not only between my office and the Chief's, but also between the community and police.
I"t's no secret that we have a tight - but balanced - budget. And federal grant money is harder and harder to come by. And, as the tools and technology that help our officers do their jobs better increases, so does the cost. The Foundation - supported by the community - fills a need to bring resources, programs, new technology and equipment to the men and women who keep our City safe. The Foundation acts as a safety net to fund needs.
"What's great about this organization is that officers can let the Foundation know exactly what they need on the street. Take, for example, the new Tahoes. Thanks to the Police Foundation, they've stretched our budget dollars into a bigger, safer vehicle with room for more storage.
"Thank you for your help.
"And to Chief Dotson, your command staff, and the men and women of this department: You are some of the best trained and skilled law enforcement officers in the country. We are grateful for your service and sacrifice. We pray for your safety and safe return home to you family each day.
"We are very glad you are on our side - and that we will be working together, shoulder to shoulder."