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Police Foundation Chairman, Armon Mills, Ron Fowler and Police Foundation CEO, Sara Napoli

Foundation Forms Police Council

On December 16th, longtime Police Foundation supporters and community leaders, Ron Fowler and Dan Shea hosted a luncheon at Donovan’s Prime Seafood Restaurant to honor and welcome new Police Council members.

This exclusive luncheon, held during the holiday giving season with Chief Lansdowne, gave new members updates on public safety developments, and an opportunity to provide their perspectives on community issues as San Diego leaders. Police Foundation Chairman Armon Mills invited prospective members to engage in the Foundation’s newest giving program for 2012. The luncheon raised more than $50,000.

The Police Council is a membership of the top tier of the Friends of the Badge annual giving program at the San Diego Police Foundation. Members contribute flexible funds to the Police Foundation at the Chief’s Circle ($10,000) and Captain’s Circle ($5,000) levels.

During 2012, Police Council members will be invited for behind-the-scenes tours of SDPD Headquarters to get a first-hand look at the Communications Center, the Crime Lab, the K9 Unit training facility or other points of interest.

Members will have year-round VIP access at all Police Foundation events including the Chief’s Circle Reception at our Friends of the Badge Luncheon, Women in Blue and Inside SDPD.

Each Police Council member will receive a numbered Police Foundation badge encased in an etched desk display, a photo with the Chief, an SDPF car decal, a limited edition license plate frame and a wallet membership I.D. card to recognize his or her generous support of a safer San Diego.

If you are interested in joining the Police Council, please contact the Police Foundation President & CEO, Sara Napoli, at (619) 232-2130 or email

55 People Spend Morning Training as Officers at Inside SDPD

55 people had a rare opportunity to experience what an officer in training needs to learn as part of the Inside SDPD program. The four-hour program was offered at the Police Training Facility on the Miramar College Campus, and gave a hands-on look at the work of the dedicated officers of the San Diego Police Department.

Sponsored by SDG&E and organized by the San Diego Police Foundation, Inside SDPD is a unique behind-the-scenes experience that gives community members the chance to walk in the shoes of a police officer. San Diegans will participate in use-of-force training, which includes driving simulation, SWAT entry, vehicle stop, and firearms training activities. They will also meet K-9 Unit officers and their canine partners, all while experiencing first-hand what it’s like to be a cop.

A 44-pound San Diego Police Badge made of pure chocolate.

Police Take 44 Pounds of Chocolate into Custody

Talk about sweet-talking the cops! Valley View Casino & Hotel Executive Pastry Chef Daniel Sampson now has some new friends in blue. The talented chocolatier recently crafted an exact replica of a San Diego Police badge made entirely out of 44 pounds of pure chocolate. The amazing sugary sculpture was presented to San Diego Chief of Police William Lansdowne at the San Diego Police Foundation’s 11th Annual “Friends of the Badge” Luncheon.

With the encouragement of Valley View Casino & Hotel, a major sponsor of the event, Chef Daniel and his team spent a total of five days creating the solid 26-inch by 17-inch chocolate masterpiece. Chef Daniel used over 44 pounds of white couverture chocolate to create the badge and its accompanying stand. Then Chef Sammy Chatluang spent two days hand-carving the badge’s exquisite details. The chocolate was then airbrushed with aureolin yellow cocoa butter and dusted with real gold. The team used 27.5 pounds of isomalt sugar to create two accompanying logos of the San Diego Police Foundation and the Valley View Casino Center.

“Creating homemade desserts and pastries for our thousands of casino guests to enjoy is my greatest passion, but I am especially honored to have the chance to support the San Diego Police Foundation through one of my creations,” said Chef Daniel. “Plus it gave me the opportunity to really take advantage of having our very own chocolate room on property at the casino!”

The showpiece was presented during the Chief’s Circle Reception to Chief Lansdowne and other members of the San Diego Police Department by Joe Navarro, president/CEO of the San Pasqual Casino Development Group, Inc., Valley View Casino & Hotel’s development arm, and Board Member of the San Diego Police Foundation.

“As a retired police Sergeant with 24 years of service to the San Diego Police Department, the “Friends of the Badge” event is always very special to me,” said Joe Navarro. “It is our privilege to honor and thank the members of the San Diego police force. Daniel is the finest pastry chef in the country and we were glad to show off his amazing talent!”

Pictured (left-right) SDPF Chair Darin Andersen, CEO Sara Wilensky Napoli, Asst. Chief Shelley Zimmerman, Chief William Lansdowne, Craig Irving

The Irving Group Donates $20,000 to San Diego Police Foundation

Craig Irving, President of The Irving Group, announced today that his company has donated $20,000 for the San Diego Police Foundation’s Digital Camera Campaign. This donation will allow for the purchase of 144 digital camera kits for the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), a top funding priority of the SDPD. Patrol officers will now have a full digital camera kit as a tool for gathering evidence when responding to calls. These cameras facilitate the immediate capture and efficient utilization of evidence during investigations that ultimately solve cases. In domestic violence incidents, the ability to photograph physical evidence, such as bruises, decreases the likelihood that the victim will drop charges against the perpetrator. Photographs also increase the likelihood of a conviction.

“Leveraging today’s technology for capturing evidence is critical to the SDPD’s investigative capability, contributing to a safer San Diego,” stated Sara Napoli, CEO of the San Diego Police Foundation. “We are deeply grateful for this generous gift and I commend The Irving Group for setting such a stellar example of civic leadership and community care. This is an excellent example of how business, nonprofits and government can work together to protect the quality of life we all San Diegans value.”

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