With approval from city officials, local supporters of the Pell City Police Department (PCPD) are joining forces to establish the Pell City Police Department Foundation.
PCPD Chief Greg Turley said a foundation like this would assist the police department in providing better service to area residents.
“Public safety cannot rest on the shoulders of law enforcement alone,” Chief Turley said.
Pell City council members approved supporting the formation of the 501(c)3 nonprofit at Monday’s council meeting.
Creating a foundation allows PCPD supporters to “look for ways to foster innovation that the city cannot legally or ethically do,” Turley said.
Making the foundation a nonprofit also makes donations to the organization tax deductible.
Turley has done research on starting a foundation and said that there are police departments nationwide that have foundations in place, including other municipalities in Alabama like Homewood.
A number of people in the community, not associated with PCPD, have already agreed to serve on the foundation’s committee including; Lance Bell, Barry Collins, Judy Ellison, Lyle Harmon, Don Perry and Holland Powell. Turley said he hopes the board will grow larger as time goes on.
“A foundation like this can meet budget shortfalls,” Turley said.