The Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation was established in 2008 and is a 501(c)3 entity.
The primary mission of the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation is to support the City of Johns Creek, Georgia firefighters and police who are injured in the line of duty and to assist their families if they are killed in the line of duty.
A long-term disability or death of a public safety officer always generates extraordinary expenses and financial hardships that put a strain on the public safety officer and his/her family. The Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation provides financial support, especially with unexpected expenses not covered by typical employee benefit plans. The JCPS Foundation provides critical funds, like funeral expenses, medical expenses, and other necessary resources, when a death or illness causes a significant financial hardship to a fellow Johns Creek Fire and Police officer.
The secondary mission of the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation is to increase community awareness of the many programs provided by the Johns Creek Fire Department and the Johns Creek Police Department. The JCPSF works closely with both Fire and Police Departments to promote and support their numerous community outreach and educational efforts in the Johns Creek business and residential communities.
While the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation is a separate entity of the City of Johns Creek, the JCPSF follows the city’s objective to “Be The Exception.” By encouraging local businesses and residents to support the excellent Johns Creek’s public safety personnel, our community will continue to enjoy the exceptional standard of living in one of the top safest cities in Georgia and one of the best cities to live in the United States.
We've provided significant funds for officers’ spouses undergoing chemotherapy treatments and officers’ medical and funeral bills for catastrophic life events. We are continually building financial reserves for such unexpected situations.
We've expanded the City of Johns Creek’s community CPR/AED (cardiopulmonary resuscitation/automated external defibrillator) training with the purchase of 49 additional training and practice manikins. The Johns Creek Fire Department has offered quarterly CPR/AED classes for years but had to limit classes to 40 individuals due to the number of training/practice manikins. The purchase of additional training and practice manikins expands the group training and allows each student to have their own manikin for maximum practice time.
We strive to acknowledge the great leadership and outstanding accomplishments of Police and Fire officers. We've established awards for the “Police Officer of the Quarter” and the “Fire Officer of the Quarter.” Recipients are nominated and voted on by their peer groups each quarter. We fund the quarterly recognition ceremony for honored awardees.
The Johns Creek Police Canine officers are a critical safety unit to the Johns Creek Police Department. The first canine officers joined JCPD in 2009. Since then, several canine officers have retired after years of dedicated service to the Department. In learning that retired police canines and all of their living expenses and medical bills became the responsibility of the handler, a local Johns Creek family foundation, in conjunction with the JCPSF, established the JCPD Canine Retirement Fund. We are now able to support John Creek Police officers by covering medical bills and end-of-life expenses for the devoted canine officers. The Fund has supported over $10,000 to the retired canine officers and police partners. Funds are continually needed as the canine officers retire.
In 2019, through a grant awarded by Sawnee Electric, we funded the addition of 3 specialized police cycles to the JCPD Bike Patrol Unit. The additional patrol bikes will support the ongoing safety of the city’s vast park systems. More specifically, the additional patrol bikes will be used in the north area, particularly Shakerag Park, and will a vital safety feature for the planned 195-acre Cauley Creek Park in north Johns Creek.
The ability for Police and Fire officers to respond to dangerous and stressful emergencies is critical to the safety of Johns Creek. We recognize that the officers need a safe and non-public area with fitness equipment specific to the physical training needs of the work. In 2019, through a designated donation by a local Johns Creek family, we established the Police and Fire Health Initiative and purchased specialized fitness equipment for a gym located in the Johns Creek City Hall building.