Several successful community outreach programs of the Fort Morgan Police Department drew the president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation to the city this week to learn more about how the local PD interacts with the community.
Chief of Public Safety Paul Schultz took advantage of the opportunity to invite leaders from six other community service providers to participate in the gathering, which Schultz hosted at Historic City Hall on March 6.
Karen McNeil-Miller, president and chief executive officer of the Colorado Health Foundation, initially contacted the FMPD to learn about various successful community programs the department has implemented. Miller was very interested in and impressed with many of the ways the FMPD conducts outreach in the community – especially the department’s Coffee with a Cop, National Night Out and Youth Outreach programs – and how well the police department is connected to other community leaders and groups.
Other community organizations represented at the meeting included the Morgan County Interagency Oversight Group, OneMorgan County, Centennial Mental Health, Fort Morgan Cultures United for Progress, Colorado State University and the Morgan County Re-3 School District.
The Colorado Health Foundation is a $2.5 billion philanthropic organization based in Denver that is designed to, “Bring Health in Reach for All Coloradans.” The foundation defines health as healthy bodies, healthy minds, community health and health equity.
“We are hoping to partner with the Colorado Health Foundation in future projects.” Chief Schultz said. “We are hoping to pursue funding for local efforts with them in the future for ideas such as drug abuse prevention, working with our new immigrants and other initiatives.”
McNeil-Miller was on a listening tour of northeast Colorado and specifically came to Fort Morgan to learn about the police department’s community outreach efforts.
“It was a good meeting with lots of ideas being discussed for future initiatives and partnership opportunities,” Schultz said.
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