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Buda group backs its blue

Staff Report 

BUDA —  A group of residents created a nonprofit organization to support police officers outside of the city budget — a project that they have been working on for the past two years.

The Buda Police Foundation’s purpose is to promote and reinforce public safety efforts by strengthening partnerships between the community and the Buda Police Department. The foundation was organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The creation of the foundation was presented to the Buda City Council and was given unanimous approval as well as an endorsement by Police Chief Bo Kidd.

The foundation also named a board of directors with Sandra Bryant as Chairperson and LaVonia Horne-Williams as Secretary. Other board members include Tiffaney Robinson, David Sweet and Linda Burton. Freddy Erdman, Community Affairs Officer for the Buda Police Department, is the police liaison. Former Buda Mayor Bobby Lane served as Chair during the Foundation’s development. All members of the recently graduated Citizen’s Police Academy are automatically members of the Foundation for one year.

 “I believe in working to build a strong community and our police department makes such a difference,” Bryant said.

The Buda Police Foundation can accept donations, individual memberships and business memberships that will provide funds for essential, non-budget expenditures. In addition, the Foundation is developing programs that will support youth, older people and community policing efforts. Members can also volunteer to help with the work of the Buda Police Foundation to strengthen community relations and build strong partnerships.

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