Support boys in blue

Community members who want to support the Duluth Police Department now have a new way to support the department and its volunteers.
The Duluth Police Foundation officially will launch with a fundraiser today at Clyde Iron Works. The casual gathering will take place from 5-7 p.m. and will feature door prizes, meet-and-greets with current and past members of the force, the K-9 unit and displays on historical equipment and modern technology.

The new foundation will fund technology, training and programs for the department and its community volunteer groups, including the Police Reserves, Citizen Patrol and Police Explorers. Money could be used to pay for anything from uniforms for the reserves to flashlights for Citizen Patrol groups to security cameras for the department.

The foundation is run by a board of nine community members, who will make all funding decisions based on department priorities.

Tickets for the launch event are $5 for an individual or $20 for a family in advance by calling (218) 722-7178 or e-mailing Tickets at the door are $7 per person or $25 for a family.

Donations can also be made to the foundation by mailing a check to Duluth Police Foundation, P.O. Box 3305, Duluth, MN 55803.