“The foundation raises the funds for things our public safety doesn’t have money for,” such as equipment, including purchases of bullet proof vest inserts for police and Jaws of Life extrication equipment for firefighters.
Schuck, a SPP&FF Board Director, said “Although the foundation looks like it is benefiting police and fire that’s not the case...you benefit us as a community.
“I really appreciate what the Santa Paula Police Officers Association does,” and Schuck noted, “It is my honor,” to recognize the organization as the Chamber Member of the Quarter.
Noted Watson, “The association really appreciates the community assistance, as well as the support of the police and fire foundation...without it we would not have the equipment we need, the high-tech helmets and the communications gear to go along with it.”
The new ballistic helmets were purchased with new communication headsets that fit perfectly into the headgear. The equipment not only automatically measures and protects the hearing of the officer from loud noises such as gunshots, but at the same time also offers amplification of ambient sound so officers can whisper or talk to each other and no one else can hear.
The support the community offers SPPD personnel, said Watson, “Goes both ways...”