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Homewood Police Foundation helps supplement public funding

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The foundation held its inaugural fundraiser luncheon Tuesday. Source: WBRC video The foundation held its inaugural fundraiser luncheon Tuesday. Source: WBRC video

The Homewood Police Foundation held their inaugural fundraiser luncheon Tuesday to help serve the men and women who protect the community.

Officers say the money is critical to the department in many ways, helping them provide programs in schools and helping to support injured officers.

But they couldn't do it without the community support they gained through Tuesday's special event.

"The foundation picks up where the tax money drops off," Mitch Nelson, director of the Homewood Police Foundation, said.

"As you know, revenue is an issue, so we try to provide these things so as a community we're prepared for unexpected events," Nelson added.

The foundation was started five years ago but on Tuesday, the organization held its inaugural fundraiser.

Former Alabama governor Bob Riley addressed the group, pointing out he now lives in Homewood part time and sees the benefits of the department first hand.

"One of the great things about Homewood...it's a community. It really is like a small town. But without the police, it wouldn't be that way. So any way I can support them, I wanted to," Riley said.

For years, police departments in the north have had private foundations. But Homewood is one of only a few departments in Alabama to have one.

"We're starting small but we've been able to provide a lot of the things for the community and we want to continue that," Nelson said.

"And that's what it's about...the neighbors and businesses coming to support the police department makes me feel really good," Deputy Chief Bob Copus with HPD said.

If you're a citizen who'd like to donate to the foundation, please call the police department directly to inquire about helping. You can also visit their Facebook page.

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