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2nd Annual Vittles for Vests raises funds for life-saving equipment for new CSPD officers

More than 100 Colorado Springs residents attended Police Foundation of Colorado Springs's 2nd Annual Vittles for Tactical Vest PackageVests event Aug. 26 at the Garden of the Gods Club. Participants sampled food and beverage items provided by more than a dozen chefs and local spirit distributors.

"We almost doubled the number of participants from our first event in 2017," said Nicole Magic Soto, PFCS executive director. "The proceeds from this year's Vittles for Vests event will help pay for tactical vest packages for police department cadets who graduated Sept. 12, 2018 from the academy. Money from this year's event also will be used to upgrade more than 700 vests already in use by CSPD officers. Remaining funds will give us a headstart toward purchasing tactical vest packages for the next class of officers scheduled to graduate in 2019. The foundation is extremely grateful to those who contributed to the success of this year's event."

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Colorado Springs community leaders launch The Protect Effect to ensure the safety of first responders

Campaign will raise funds for personal protective equipment

It’s time we do something to protect the people who put themselves in harm’s way to protect others. This is the collective sentiment behind the creation of The Protect Effect, an effort to keep police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters safe in the line of duty.

“We feel safe knowing that, if something goes wrong, first responders will be there to help. They provide our safety net. But, we rarely stop to consider the dangers they face in doing their jobs,” said Meredith Vaughan, wife of a Colorado Springs Fire Department Captain and the CEO of advertising agency Vladimir Jones (VJ). “It’s time to step up and support the foundations that support our first responders.”

Dismayed by recent attacks on first responders, Vaughan and the team at VJ decided to act. They created The Protect Effect to build awareness and rally donations to organizations that help fill gaps in funding for first responders. These include the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs, which funded production on the campaign, along with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Foundation and the Fire Foundation of Colorado Springs Fire Department.

VJ launched the campaign May 17 and is running it pro bono. Other businesses supporting the effort include The Gazette and Lamar Advertising, which together have contributed about $500,000 in donated advertising space and creative services. 

“We’re humbled and honored by this community endeavor,” said Nicole Magic Soto, executive director of the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs. “The majority of funding for the Colorado Springs Police Department, and all first responder agencies, comes from the City and federal grants. Inevitably, though, they encounter budget shortfalls. Each of these Foundations channel extra support to meet identified needs for our first responders to further enhance the safety of our force and the safety of the public overall.” 

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About The Protect Effect

Colorado Springs first responders help protect everyone in our community. Including you. The Protect Effect is a campaign to help them get the equipment they need to stay safe through donations to foundations that support their work. These include the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Foundation, and the Fire Foundation of Colorado Springs Fire Department. Learn more and show your support at

About Vladimir Jones

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Police Foundation, Shield616 provide all CSPD officers with tactical vest equipment

Police Foundation of Colorado Springs, in collaboration with Shield616, has raised more than $400,000 in just under one year to help ensure the safety of Colorado Springs police officers.

PFCS announced in March 2017 that it was embarking on a two-year fundraising effort to help purchase tactical vest packages for all 685 Colorado Springs police officers. The Foundation, working with Shield616, met its fundraising goal in less than 12 months thanks to incredible community and local business support.

The final 33 tactical vest packages were presented Jan. 9, 2018 to the police department’s command staff, including the chief of police, deputy chiefs, commanders and lieutenants.

CSPD Command Staff receive tactical vest packages“Police Foundation of Colorado Springs is extremely grateful to the numerous donors who helped make this a reality,” said Kyle Hybl, PFCS board chairman. “Our ability to accomplish our goal more than 13 months ahead of schedule speaks volumes about community support for our dedicated police officers.”

Each tactical package includes a vest designed to protect officers from bullets fired by high-velocity weapons. The kits also include a ballistic helmet, goggles, a gunshot wound trauma kit and a solo monocular.

Just days after the final vest packages were distributed to the command staff, 54 new police officers graduated from the city’s police academy. Each graduate received a tactical vest package purchased with a generous donation from Church For All Nations in Colorado Springs.

While all current Colorado Springs police officers have this potentially life-saving equipment, PFCS and Shield616 will continue to raise funds to ensure future police department academy graduates receive tactical vest packages upon graduation.

To make a tax-deductible donation for the tactical vest packages, visit the Donation page.


Police Foundation donates trauma kits to Fountain Police, UCCS Police departments

Police Foundation of Colorado Springs has donated 76 medical trauma kits to police officers with the Fountain Police and University of Colorado Police departments. Read more here.



Colorado Springs police honor 11 for acts of bravery

By Lisa Walton

The Gazette

Many police officers go their whole careers without facing gunfire or firing a weapon at someone while on duty.

Colorado Springs officer Allison Detwiler experienced both situations in her 22nd year as a police officer.



Police Foundation Makes Potentially Life-Saving Donation to CSPD, EPCSO

El Paso County sheriff’s deputies will be better prepared to handle life-threatening injuries thanks to a Police Foundation of Colorado Springs donation.


Police Foundation of Colorado Springs announces Myers Scholarship Fund

Fund will Support Children of CSPD Employees, Retirees


27th Annual Medal of Valor Luncheon

The Police Foundation of Colorado Springs is proud to present the 27th Annual Medal of Valor Luncheon, taking place October 23rd at The Broadmoor International Center.

Foundation formed to give police a helping hand

The problems facing the Colorado Springs Police Department are no secret — funding has been stagnant, attrition has thinned the ranks and often no officers are available to answer non-emergency calls.

Instead of complaining about what the department can’t do, Barry Grossman and a handful of other residents recently banded together to offer the Police Department a little boost by creating The Police Foundation of Colorado Springs. read more



From KOAA | Nov. 30, 2010

Foundation for local police

The men and women on patrol in Colorado Springs now have support separate from the limitations of the city budget. The formation of the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs was just announced. It is a funding source and board made up of people independent of the department. more