Detroit Public Safety Foundation

Investing In A Safer City

About DPSF

The Detroit Public Safety Foundation (DPSF) works in partnership with citizens, businesses, and philanthropies to help the Detroit Police Department (DPD) and the Detroit Fire Department (DFD) initiate innovated programs that make Detroit a safer place to live, work and visit. In 2003, the Detroit Police Foundation was incorporated in the state of Michigan as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In 2011, the Detroit Police Foundation changed its name to the Detroit Public Safety Foundation – dedicated to strengthening the Police and Fire Departments and promoting public safety. The DPSF focuses in the areas of training, technology, equipment, community engagement and wellness.

The majority of the City’s budget for Police and Fire is dedicated to personnel payroll and benefits. The DPSF invests in the Departments by providing funding for needs and priorities not covered in the City’s budget. Historically, the DPSF has focused most of its funding on community engagement initiatives. In 2020, the DPSF raised more than $941,761 in grant funding for programs supporting DPD and DFD. Over the past three years, the DPSF has grown steadily, each year raising more money in grants, in-kind donations, and programming funds. In 2020, auditors with Plante Moran determined that 95 cents for every dollar donated to the Foundation goes toward programming projects.

Our History

2003

In 2003, the Detroit Police Foundation was incorporated in the state of Michigan as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

2011

In 2011, the Detroit Police Foundation changed its name to the Detroit Public Safety Foundation – dedicated to strengthening the Police and Fire Departments and promoting public safety.

2020

In 2020, the DPSF raised more than $941,761 in grant funding for programs supporting DPD and DFD.

Our Board of Directors

The foundation has a strong Board of Directors with corporate leaders representing many of Detroit’s top industries and companies.  The men and women who serve on the board believe in the mission of the organization and support the foundation in various ways. In addition to the business leaders, the DPSF Board of Trustees includes representation from Detroit Police Department leadership, Detroit Fire Department leadership and the Board of Police Commissioners.

Our Team

Patti Kukula

Executive Director

pkukula@detroitpublicsafety.org

Carter Drewry

Director of Grants, Communication & Admin

cdrewry@detroitpublicsafety.org

Elaine Washington

Accountant & Bookkeeper

ewashington@detroitpublicsafety.org

Jeff Lemaux

Detroit Police Museum & Gift Shop, Curator

lemauxjeff@gmail.com

Detroit Public Safety Foundation

1301 3rd Street, Suite 547

Detroit, MI 48226 

Office: 313-628-2169

info@detroitpublicsafety.org

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