The Dunwoody Police Department has 76 sworn and civilian officers. (Alyssa Pointer/alyssa.pointer@ajc.com)
Photo: Alyssa Pointer/alyssa.pointer@ajc.com
Photo: Alyssa Pointer/alyssa.pointer@ajc.com

New foundation aims to raise funds for Dunwoody police officers

A group of Dunwoody residents has banded together in support of the city’s police officers and their families.

The newly formed Dunwoody Police Foundation is a charitable organization led by a seven-member board. The group began meeting in April, when the police department celebrated its 10-year anniversary.

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The foundation aims to support the department financially, including forming an “emergency aid program” to provide funds to officers who have been injured in the line of duty and their families.

It also hopes to provide special training and equipment to the department’s 76 sworn and civilian personnel. If there is something not covered by the department’s normal budget, the foundation could step in and help supply that, said Rick Holland, the president of the board.

The foundation also plans to sponsor community outreach events with the goal of enhancing public safety. The group is currently seeking donations from the community.

“We’re at the stage where we need to start funding the foundation,” Holland said. Next, the group will set a list of priorities.

Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan takes the oath of office as the new Dunwoody police force prepared to officially begin its duties in April 2009. He sits on the board of the directors for the new Dunwoody Police Foundation.
Photo: Johnny Crawford / AJC

Police Chief Billy Grogan sits on the foundation’s board.

“A key ingredient to a safe city is having a supportive community that works closely with their police department. Fortunately, we have always had that positive relationship with our community here in Dunwoody,” Grogan said in a statement. “I am confident the department and citizens working together can accomplish even more to keep Dunwoody safe.”

Several other area police departments, including Atlanta and DeKalb County police, are supported by charitable foundations.

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In other news:

The Hall County sheriff’s deputy killed in a shootout has been identified as 28-year-old Nicolas Dixon. Dixon was married with two sons, one an infant and the other 9 years old. The shooting took place at about 11 p.m. Sunday. Two men have been arrested, and officers are searching for two others believed to have been involved. Dixon is the fourth officer killed in the line of duty in Georgia this year, records show.

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