To provide opportunities for our citizens to actively support those who serve and protect us, thereby increasing the livability and safety of our community.
Our Core Values:
Empathy: We recognize the needs of the community are varied and not always easily met through City and County agency budgets. By working within the community to lend support through specific fundraising efforts we can provide a transparent and meaningful community service.
Dedication: We are dedicated to supporting area Police Department’s efforts to ensure the community is safe and healthy for all who live, work and visit here.
Resourcefulness: We are committed to finding creative and effective ways to meet the challenge to raise support needed for all approved projects.
As with many police foundations, ours began with the purchase of a new K9.
In 2012 Mill Creek resident Roy Cats made it possible for us to purchase our first K9, Rasco through his very generous donation of $10,000, and our K9 program became a reality. Rasco and his handler Officer Ian Durkee made significant contributions to Mill Creek and neighboring community agencies until early 2018 when Rasco was retired early for medical reasons.
In 2017, it was time to add a second K9 and that inspired another Mill Creek resident, Barbara Perra, to offer help. It became clear people in the community have big hearts and would love to help if there was a means to participate. Thus the MCPF was created.
Our second K9, Bagira was purchased and trained with his handler, Officer Nathan Lerma in the fall 2017. The City’s K9 budget dedicated thousands of dollars to cover the specialized vehicle, safety equipment and training, vet bills and food, insurance and so much more. The MCPF joined in the effort to provide a home for Bagira when his training was completed. As the City of Mill Creek poured the concrete slab, the Foundation offered to assist with the rest of the kennel costs.
Substantial donations again from our two very dedicated MCPF board members, along with materials and services provided by several area business owners, combined to build a safe and healthy state-of-the-art kennel just in time for Bagira’s homecoming.
We are fortunate to have such a thriving caring community and are honored to be able to provide a means whereby we can come together and do something great for the common good.
In 2021, we changed our name to North Sound Police Foundation to better represent all of the police stations we serve including Lake Forest Park.
Lake Forest Park’s police department is made up of a great group of men and women dedicated to their community’s well-being. At events it is clear that they are respected and deeply appreciated by everyone. Many people come to meet officers who are there and thank them for all they do. What is truly fantastic to see is parents bringing their children over to introduce them to the officers and talk about how nice the officers are and how they keep everyone safe.
When Lake Forest Park PD joined the foundation they brought with them a wealth of enthusiasm, ideas, energy, and support. One important result was that as we came into 2021 our Board of Directors was significantly expanded with several new Directors who have taken us in new directions and increased our access to a wider variety of venues and fundraising opportunities.
As we move forward into 2022 we will be unveiling our new marketing program and are optimistic that the coming year will be a successful one for us and for all those who will be helped as a result of our efforts.
Much has been accomplished in 2021 and we look forward to wrapping up the year participating in the two holiday Crafts & Gifts Farmers Markets in Lake Forest Park on two Sundays; November 21 and December 19 from 10:00 – 2:00. We will have our booth in front of City Hall and will be giving out free coffee, cocoa and tea, as well as having some really wonderful “thank you gifts” to those who donate that day.
The holiday season will be wrapped up beautifully by Lake Forest Park Police’s annual Shop With a Cop program supported in large part by the Rotary’s generous support given through the North Sound Police Foundation. This program makes it possible for some needy families in our community to receive holiday gifts and food.
Happy Holidays to all, and a very Happy New Year 2022!