Letter to the Editor
The citizens of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Police Department and the nonprofit Philadelphia Police Foundation are sincerely grateful to Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox for personally contributing $100,000 to the Foundation to be used for the Foundation’s Project District Rehab, a rehabbing and updating of the 18th Police District and Southwest Detective Division at 55th and Pine Sts. in West Philadelphia.
Police Foundation Board President Maureen S. Rush, a former Philadelphia Police officer and now Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Police at the University of Pennsylvania, noted that the men and women of the police department and the citizens of the community deserve a facility that is well maintained and up to date to serve the building’s multipurpose needs.
The Police Foundation is working with the city and Police Commissioner Richard Ross to upgrade and spruce up the building. It is the first effort in what the Foundation hopes will expand to other police districts throughout the city. The Foundation’s mission since 1989 has been to provide funding for equipment, training and programs for the police department that are not included in the city’s current budget.
We can accomplish this task with the cooperative efforts of supporters like Fletcher Cox and Philadelphia businesses that understand the importance of keeping our city safe by keeping our men and women in blue supplied with the best training and the finest equipment and facilities. People motivated to contribute go to Foundation’s website (www.phillypolicefoundation.org/donate/).