August 18, 2016

Contact: Sandi Poreda, APR / 850.766.1906


Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) today announced it received $5,000 as part of the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s public safety grant awards. The grant funded a special training program for the FPCA’s 64th Annual Summer Training Conference, recently held in Bonita Springs.

“We were fortunate to have an opportunity to provide expert and very timely training to hundreds of law enforcement executives, which we believe will ultimately make our police officers and their communities safer,” said Chief Butch Arenal, President of the association and chief of police in Coconut Creek.

The training at the summer conference was conducted by Dr. Lorie Fridell, a national expert on biased policing. She has authored and co-authored a number of books and resources on this topic including Racially Biased Policing: A Principled Response, which offers law enforcement executives guidelines on how to respond to the issues of racially biased policing and the perceptions of its practice.

“We wholeheartedly support innovation that enhances public safety,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “The programs we’re supporting will benefit a broad range of communities served by law enforcement officers and staff, fire service personnel, federal agents, emergency medical service providers and our men and women in the military services – both active duty and veterans.”

The Motorola Solutions Foundation serves as an investor and convener on issues that affect the safety of communities around the world, providing leadership in the sector to drive innovation and engage the network of those interested in these issues. The foundation gave $3.45 million to 83 organizations in 2016, which will benefit about 1 million first responders and community members.

The FPCA is the third largest state police chiefs association in the nation and is composed of more than 900 of the state’s top law enforcement executives. FPCA serves municipal police departments, airport police, college and university police, private business and security firms, as well as federal, state and county law enforcement agencies. The FPCA has members representing every region of the state. To learn more about the association, please visit

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on giving by the Motorola Solutions Foundation, visit our website:

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