Operation Sweet Reads, a new initiative of the Winston-Salem Police Foundation, is an effort to raise funds specifically for a new ice cream and book truck. This truck, when brought into service, will act a a major outreach tool of the Winston-Salem Police Department. The Department will use the “Sweet Reads” truck in many communities across the city to engage local children with ice cream and books, helping build relationships between kids and local officers, while at the same time promoting literacy and education!
This is a copy of the first Sweet Reads ad, as seen in the May Winston-Salem Monthly.
Thank you to Winston-Salem Monthly for featuring the WSPF in their May issue. The story gives a nice overview about the mission and current projects of the Police Foundation. To read the article, click here .
On Wednesday, March 8, Scott Sewell, Winston-Salem Police Foundation President, presented splecial plaques to the Co-employees of the Year and Officer of the Year along with Police Chief Barry Rountree. Scott stated that it was an honor to be on stage with the award recipients and thanked them for their service to the community. You can read about their stories here. Congratulations to forensic-service technician Ashley Schoonmaker and forensic-services supervisor Phillip Seats, who were named 2016 Employees of the Year and Officer Nick Powell who was named 2016 Officer of the Year!
(photos courtesy of @CityofWSpolice)
Officer of the Year
Employees of the Year
As part of the community outreach initiative, the Winston-Salem Police Foundation, in partnership with the WSPD, is sponsoring two youth teams in the W.R. Anderson Elite Basketball League. The Foundation sponsorship covers the cost of league registration and uniforms for these two teams. The Police Foundation sponsorship also includes one dance team with the league. In addition, WSPD officers are volunteering their time assisting with the teams during games. Participating in youth programs such as this one is a great way for the Foundation, WSPD staff and kids to build positive relationships together, and acts at the foundation for a future Police Athletic League.
The Winston-Salem Police Foundation proudly supported the WSPD 2017 WSPD Promotion Ceremony by providing each WSPD ceremony participant with a special recognition plaque. These plaques mark a significant achievement for each recipient as they embark on a new chapter of their respective WSPD careers. The Foundation is able to support this project and others due to the generous support of several individuals, organizations and companies in 2016. Congratulations to all of the promoted WSPD employees! (more…)
The Winston-Salem Police Department will be collecting toys for local children at the Wal-Mart on Hanes Mill Rd. Toys will be collected December 5-9 from 10:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m. each day. Click here to download the flyer.
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our first WSPF Movie Night at the Dash! Over 2,000 people attended the event on October 22. Several police vehicles were on display, including the WSPD Rescue Vehicle and the Hazardous Devices Unit Truck (and bomb robot). In addition to the cash donations that were collected, several boxes of food and blankets were also collected and will be distributed to those in need. To view the photo gallery, click here.
Relish chose the Free movie night at the Dash this Saturday night as one of their weekly “Hot Picks”… You can read more about it here.
One of the Police Department’s 2015 Domestic Violence Awareness initiatives was the creation of its own Silent Witnesses. Silent Witnesses are life size wooden silhouettes that represent someone who lost their life to domestic violence. Each silhouette bears a shield that tells the story of how that person died. The nationally recognized color for Domestic Violence Awareness Month is purple; so the Winston-Salem Police Department decided to color its Silent Witnesses purple. These silhouettes are still used and are highly visible and effective in creating awareness.
In 2015 and 2016 the Police Department displayed a domestic violence awareness themed vehicle at various events and locations; to include the Dixie Classic Fair, inside of the Hanes Mall, area high schools, local parades and many other events. In 2015 and 2016 the Police Department held a Domestic Violence Awareness Month kickoff to commemorate the month.
Click here for a schedule of appearances for the DMAV special Charger.
The Winston-Salem Dash and the Winston-Salem Police Department are teaming up for a free Movie Night at BB&T Ballpark on Saturday, October 22.
Gates open at 5 p.m., and the hit Disney movie Zootopia begins at 6:30 p.m.
While admission is free to the public, attendees are encouraged to make a donation of cash, blankets or canned goods. These generous donations will go to 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. 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.
Parking is free of charge, and concession stands will be open for fans to purchase food and beverages. Admission in the Kids Zone will also be free, and the concourse will feature several free carnival games around the ballpark. Prior to the start of the movie, members from various districts of the Winston-Salem Police Department will showcase their police cars, motorcycles and bike patrol bicycles, along with their rescue and hazardous device vehicles. Members of the K-9 unit will be on hand, too.
“This is a great opportunity for the community and members of the police department to come together and improve our relationship, while enjoying a fun-filled evening and a movie,” said Chief Barry D. Rountree of the Winston-Salem Police Department.
“Every movie night at BB&T Ballpark has been special, but this one means even more,” Dash President Geoff Lassiter said. “We invite the community to take part in a great evening of friendship and fun.”
Should inclement weather hit the Winston-Salem area on October 22, the make-up date is Sunday, October 23, with gates opening at 4 p.m. and the movie starting at 5:30 p.m.
An animated film that features the voices of Jason Bateman, Bonnie Hunt and many other Hollywood stars, Zootopia follows the journeys of a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist, who try to expose a conspiracy regarding the disappearance of various civilians in the city of Zootopia.
You can download a Movie Night flyer by clicking here.