In 2020, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, several business and community leaders virtually gathered to discuss how they could work together to make southeast Idaho an even safer place to live, work and play. Based on their collective experiences in the private and public sectors, and with the guidance of Idaho Falls Police Chief Bryce Johnson, they saw a meaningful opportunity to provide local law enforcement with an extra measure of support, specifically in obtaining resources for those who protect our community.
It wasn’t long before this group of interested citizens took action. Just a few months after their initial meeting, The Greater Idaho Falls Police Foundation (GIFPF) organization and its board of directors were officially formed on Oct. 13, 2020. The group was publicly launched to the community and began accepting donations in 2021.
Since that time, GIFPF board members have donated hundreds of hours of time and in-house expertise to help the foundation take flight. In addition, several of the founding members from the area’s largest businesses – Bank of Idaho, Ball Ventures, Melaleuca, and others – kickstarted the Foundation by making financial donations and significant in-kind contributions. They believe their investment would pay major dividends for the community.
Members of the Foundation board regularly meet throughout the year to learn about the needs of local law enforcement and share community perspectives with the Idaho Falls Police Department, the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police. They regularly discuss how community support and additional funding might help the area’s law enforcement officers achieve their goals.
The Greater Idaho Falls Police Foundation is an independent, citizen-run, 501(c)3 nonprofit established to help our police receive the tools and training they need to do their best work.