Philadelphia Police Foundation Gets Donation For Police Training From Comcast-Spectacor Foundation

Aug 4 2010

The Philadelphia Police Foundation has received a $10,000 donation from the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation to support the Philadelphia Police Department’s innovative rookie training program coordinated with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The $10,000 donation is the second such grant by the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation in as many years earmarked for the Holocaust Museum training program.

“Due to Comcast-Spectacor’s outstanding corporate citizenship, Philadelphia new police recruits will learn of the tragic role that abusive police officers had in the Holocaust,” said Robert J. Ciaruffoli, President of the PPF Board of Directors, in a letter to Fred A. Shabel, Comcast-Spectacor Vice Chairman and a former PPF founding Board member.

“As a result, they will be more sensitive, caring and respectful of the public they serve, which will make them better police officers. Funding of this training program is crucial to ensure the Philadelphia Police Department has the tools it needs to educate and produce well-rounded protectors of the community, and the value of Comcast-Spectacor’s contribution to this effort is exceptional,” Ciaruffoli added.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey developed the program in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League when he was the Police Chief in Washington, DC. The program focuses on the history of the Holocaust as a backdrop against which police examine their role in a democratic and pluralistic society.

“Through this training, police officers gain a keen awareness and understanding of the price that all of society pays when the bedrock principles of democracy, liberty and freedom are taken away from it citizenry. The lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten by our sworn members whose duty it is to uphold the rights of all citizens,” Commissioner Ramsey said.

Comcast-Spectacor has been an active supporter of both the Philadelphia Police Foundation and the Police Athletic League. Its Comcast-Spectacor Foundation ( has contributed more than $20 million over the past 30 years to impact the quality of life of millions of people in the Greater Philadelphia Region through its coordination of Flyers Charities, 76ers Charities and Global Spectrum Charities.

The Philadelphia Police Foundation ( is an independent, nonprofit organization that strives to promote and maintain public safety by providing resources to the Philadelphia Police Department. The funding provided by the Police Foundation is to help the Philadelphia Police Department function at its highest level possible to serve the community. This unique public-private partnership between the Philadelphia Police Foundation and the Philadelphia Police Department provides the means to enhance the Department’s programs and professionalism.