To better fulfill its mission of strengthening community partnerships through mentoring and community outreach programs, the Winston-Salem Police Foundation is expanding its Board of Directors in 2019. Community partnerships are essential to enhance relationships between residents and the police.
“I’m very proud of the significant achievements our small board has made in just three short years,” said Scott Sewell, President of the Winston-Salem Police Foundation. “We’re excited to be adding to our board some very talented individuals who will enhance our effectiveness and contributions to the foundation. It remains an honor to work with the dedicated members of the Winston-Salem Police Department under the leadership of Chief Catrina Thompson.”
The Foundation Board of Directors has increased from eight members in 2018 to 18 members for 2019. This expansion will allow the Foundation to bring more diversity, experience and differing insights to the board, enabling it to better serve its core mission.
For 2019, the Winston-Salem Police Foundation officers are: Scott Sewell, President of the Foundation, Cook Medical Inc.; Evelyn Acree, Secretary, M&F Bank; and Jordan Gwyn, Treasurer, BB&T Bank. Other Board members are: Barry Rountree, Winston-Salem Police Department (retired); Perry G. Hudspeth, Hege Financial Group; Rod Back, Delhaize America (retired); Justin Gomez, Wake Forest Baptist Health; Alex Thornton, J. E. Thornton; Brenda Diggs, Community Leader (retired); John Devlin, Cook Medical Inc.; Dr. Tadhg O’Gara, Wake Forest Baptist Health; Rob Simon, Windsor Jewelers; Scott Somerville, Hanes Activewear; Simon Burgess, Mayfair Street Partners; Karen Hart Huey, Wake Forest Baptist Health; Nancy Young, Winston-Salem State University (retired); James DuBose, Winston-Salem State University; Haley Gingles, APR, The FMRT Group; and Catrina Thompson, Police Chief of the Winston-Salem Police Department (ex-officio member).
The Winston-Salem Police Foundation’s mission is to provide funds for tools, training, technology and equipment that might go unfunded otherwise. The Foundation is a charitable non-profit, independent organization, designed to provide funding that can be allocated to help strengthen community and police partnerships such as mentoring programs, community outreach events and Police Athletic Leagues (PAL). In addition, it helps promote public and officer safety, along with the ability to recognize and honor the police workforce. The Foundation follows a public-private partnership model that has proven to be highly effective in prevention and reduction of crime and fostering stronger community relations in other cities.
The Foundation allows for tax-exempt gifts from individuals, businesses and philanthropic organizations, and is the only organization authorized to raise funds on behalf of the Winston-Salem Police Department. For more information about how to support the Winston-Salem Police Foundation, please contact Scott Sewell.
The Winston-Salem Police and Fire Departments Toy Drive is coming up December 5-7 at two local WalMart locations- Peters Creek Parkway and Hanes Mill Road. Citizens are encouraged to “pack the patrol car” and “fill the fire truck” with toys for local children during the holidays. You can stop by from 10:00am- 2:00pm each day.
The 2018 Dixie Classic Fair is here! Winston-Salem Police Foundation board members will be volunteering at the WSPD food booth this Friday evening (9/28/18)! If you’re at the Dixie Classic Fair, please stop for a good bite to eat and say hello!
Due to the impending hurricane, the Winston-Salem Dash, in conjunction with the Winston-Salem Police Foundation, are postponing their free Movie Night at BB&T Ballpark from Saturday, September 15, to Sunday, October 28.
Gates for the new date will open at 5:30 p.m., with the hit movie Coco beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Admission to this event is free to the public; however, donations of cash & blankets will be accepted as well as non-perishable food items. Cash & blanket donations will go towards the Winston-Salem Police Foundation, a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to enhancing the capacity of the Winston-Salem Police Department to be more effective in improving public safety.
Non-perishable food items will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. The Foundation focuses on community outreach, funding and raising resources to assist the Police Department in making Winston-Salem a safer place to live, work and enjoy life. More information on the organization is available at wspolicefoundation.org, where you can also donate to the Foundation.
“Despite the postponement of the initial date, we are very excited to still be holding this special event. It is our mission to bring members of the police department and community together to create conversations about how we can continue to improve public safety in Winston-Salem,” said Scott Sewell, president of the Winston-Salem Police Foundation. “BB&T Ballpark provides a perfect atmosphere for a fun-filled evening of learning and socializing.”
There will be free parking for all attendees, and concession stands throughout the facility will have food and beverages available for purchase. No outside food or beverage is permitted. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets to sit in the outfield to watch the movie. However, lawn chairs of any kind will not be permitted in the ballpark.
The Kids Zone will also be open for free on October 28, with several free carnival games featured on the concourse as well. Before the movie, representatives of the Winston-Salem Police Department will have their various vehicles on display, including police cars, motorcycles, bike patrol bicycles and rescue/hazardous device vehicles and the Operations Sweet Reads Bookmobile. Members of the K-9 unit will be in attendance as well.
“No amount of bad weather can stop us from holding this great event. These movie nights at the ballpark allow for positive interactions and conversations between the people who protect us every day and those whom they are protecting,” Dash president C.J. Johnson said. “We are excited to once again host this beautiful community event at BB&T Ballpark.”
Coco, which was released in 2017, follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel, who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead, where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living. Coco won the “Best Animated Feature” at the Academy Awards, and it was named the “Best Animated Film” at the Golden Globe Awards.
On Friday, August 10, the WSPD and the WS Police Foundation held their annual Back to School backpack and school supplies giveaway. This year, 1,600 backpacks were distributed at four locations across the city. The locations included the three WSPD District Stations as well as the Winston Mutual Building on East Fifth Street. The event was featured as a front page story in the August 11 Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the story.
June 21 was a great day for the Winston-Salem Police Foundation (WSPF) and our greater community. Thanks to generous support from several corporate partners, the WSPF was able to officially “turn over the keys” to the brand new Operation Sweet Reads truck to WSPD Chief Thompson at a special celebration at the Benton Convention Center. The links below are from several media outlets that were on hand to cover this momentous occasion.
Winston-Salem Journal front page story– June 22, 2018
Winston-Salem Chronicle front page story– June 28, 2018
WXII story– June 21, 2018
WFMY story– June 21, 2018
City of Winston-Salem Flickr Gallery– June 21, 2018
Winston-Salem Journal Editorial Page story– June 28, 2018
The Community Resource Unit of the Winston-Salem Police Department has released the following upcoming schedule for the Operation Sweet Reads truck:
From the City of Winston-Salem Marketing and Communications Department:
City residents and their children are invited to join the celebration when the Winston-Salem Police Foundation and the Winston-Salem Police Department unveil the department’s “Operation Sweet Reads” community outreach vehicle at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 21, in the Piedmont 4 room on the lower level of the Benton Convention Center, 301 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem.
The Sweet Reads truck, which the foundation is donating to the Police Department, will go through neighborhoods in Winston-Salem to engage local children with ice cream and books, helping build relationships between children and local officers while at the same time promoting literacy and education.
The foundation raised the entire $150,000 it cost to buy a truck and convert it into the Sweet Reads vehicle, said Scott Sewell, the foundation president. “The Winston-Salem Police Foundation is very proud of the Operation Sweet Reads truck,” Sewell said.
“We are excited to partner with the Winston-Salem Police Department to enhance their community outreach programs. With this bookmobile our hope is to build new relationships with children through mentoring, and to reinforce the importance and beauty of reading. We would like to thank the numerous organizations and individuals whose generosity made this program a reality.”
Police Chief Catrina Thompson said that the Sweet Reads truck will be operated by the department’s Community Resource Unit, which spearheads the Police Department’s crime prevention and community outreach programs.
“We are grateful to have the support and generosity of our Winston-Salem Police Foundation, which continues to work hard to help us in furthering our mission of strengthening positive relationships between police personnel and our children in Winston-Salem,” Thompson said.
“Operation Sweet Reads ties in directly with our community-oriented policing philosophy, by giving us yet another way to be intentionally involved in redefining the generation equation for kids in our community whose life challenges stand in the way to success.”
Thompson will demonstrate how the truck will operate by reading to children at the unveiling and then inviting them to enjoy some ice cream.
Also participating in the unveiling will be Sewell, Mayor Allen Joines, Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian H. Burke, Council Members Denise D. Adams and James Taylor Jr., the Rev. Nathan Scovens, Rabbi Mark Cohn and Dion Lyons, a conciliation specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice. Cameron Kent will serve as the master of ceremonies.
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Please see the photos below and see the progress on the up-fit of the custom Operation Sweet Reads truck (combination ice cream truck and bookmobile) that is being developed by the Winston-Salem Police Foundation! These photos are from the week of 04/09/2018.