Philadelphia Police Foundation Gets 45,000 Grant From Motorola Solutions Foundation for Police Supervisory Training

Feb 27 2014

The Philadelphia Police Foundation has received a $45,000 Public Safety Grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation that will be used this year to fund the Philadelphia Police Department’s Police Supervisory in Service Training (POSIT) program.

According to the Motorola Solutions Foundation, “The Police Supervisory in Service Training (POSIT) program will use the grant funding to offer 210 police supervisors with the tools necessary for working in contemporary law enforcement in Philadelphia, Pa.”

Maureen Rush, President of the nonprofit Philadelphia Police Foundation and Vice President for Public Safety, Superintendent of Police at the University of Pennsylvania, said the Police Foundation solicited the funds from Motorola as part of the Foundation’s current efforts to fund programs, projects, equipment and community endeavors not provided for in the City budget.

“This grant reflects Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey’s concerns about the importance of providing the latest training in law enforcement supervisory operations, leadership techniques and the latest legal aspects of policing to continue to develop top quality leaders,” Rush said. “This grant, which was spearheaded by Police Foundation board member Jacquelyn Wasni, Vice President of Motorola Solutions’ Mid-Atlantic Territory, will help fulfill the Police Department’s first-line supervisory training needs for the current year.”

The five-day POSIT training program is held at the Philadelphia Police Academy and is taught by faculty from Penn State University. The program, which serves 210 sergeants and corporals, is held four times a year.

“The Philadelphia Police Department is extremely grateful to the Philadelphia Police Foundation for its strong support and increasing involvement in providing our men and women with vital resources needed to keep our citizens safe throughout the city,” Ramsey said. “By initiating the grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the Police Foundation is helping us meet an important first-line supervisory training component.”

“The Motorola Solutions Foundation is pleased to make this grant to the Philadelphia Police Foundation,” said Motorola’s Wasni. “This funding will help teach Philadelphia Police officers to guide subordinates to become productive, resourceful and competent members of the Department.”

The Philadelphia Police Foundation ( was established in 1999 by civic and corporate leaders in the Philadelphia region as “A Force Behind the Shield.” Recent contributions from the Foundation to the Police Department have been lights for the Bike Patrol Unit, bulletproof vests, equipment for the Mounted Patrol Unit and programs for the Forensic Science Bureau.