What We Do

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HONORING THE MEMORY OF YESTERDAY BY INVESTING IN THE DREAMS OF TOMORROW

Arvada Police Officer Michael Northey was killed in the line of duty on August 11, 1979.  In his honor, the W. Michael Northey Foundation exists to serve officers and their families in times of need, and to help graduating seniors in Arvada start the road to further education.

Between 2015-2017, the Foundation awarded nearly $60,000 in scholarships to deserving students and assisted the families of nearly a dozen officers.  We continue giving back to the community that Officer Northey proudly served.

How We Do It

The W. Michael Northey Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization (IRS#31-1771579).

With generous help from the Arvada Police Explorer's Post and the Arvada Police Academy Alumni funds are raised in myriad ways:

  • Drug Take Back: Held annually on the second Saturday in April, the Northey Foundation partners with Arvada law enforcement to collect your unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs and dispose of them properly. All financial donations go directly to the foundation thanks to generous underwriters.  Learn more here
  • Shred-A-Thon: This event is held annually on the second Saturday in October. With the generous support of Shred-it, the Northey Foundation invites residents to protect their identity and personal information by offering a safe way to destroy their confidential documents. 100 percent of donations go directly to the Foundation. Learn more here
  • AmazonSmile: Through this program, 0.5% of purchases is donated to the Foundation. Click here
  • Individual Donations: The Northey Foundation is grateful for the support of individuals and companies like you. Donate here

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the W. Michael Northey Foundation is to honor and preserve the memory of Officer Michael Northey by providing financial assistance to officers and their families in times of need and awarding scholarships to graduating seniors in Arvada to further their education.

ABOUT ARVADA POLICE

The Arvada Police department, established in 1945, was the first agency in Colorado to be accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies by meeting 459 critical standards. This is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a police department. Arvada boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the metro area. Over 230 employees serve more than 100,000 residents and businesses and are committed to the principles of responsibility, dedication, and respect.  Learn more by visiting arvada.org or follow up on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

ABOUT ARVADA POLICE EXPLORER'S POST

The Explorer's Post is composed of young men and women who come together every second and fourth Thursday night to get a hands-on look at policing. As an Explorer, you will learn about high-risk traffic stops, investigating traffic accidents, marksmanship skills, and even participate in ride-a-longs with members of the Arvada Police Department. In addition to the numerous training opportunities offered, the Explorer Scouts make a valuable contribution to the Arvada Police Department and the City of Arvada through their volunteer work. 

An application to the Explorer program may be picked up at any of the three Arvada Community Stations. For more information about the Explorer's Post, contact Officer Brad Gagon at 720-898-6577 or bgagon@arvada.org

ABOUT ARVADA CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY ALUMNI

The Citizen Police Academy Alumni bring together graduates of the Arvada Citizen Police Academy to promote awareness of law enforcement and community issues. In addition, the (70) members are actively involved in a variety of activities including: Child Identification, Drug Take Back, Shred-A-Thon, and the Colorado Police Canine Association.