A newly-established foundation will not only recognize law enforcement members, but also benefit them with equipment and training.

The Marion County Law Enforcement Foundation is the brain child of Kevin Bross, who got the idea for the foundation from a friend of his who is a police officer in Columbia where there is already a thriving foundation like this being formed.

“It seemed obvious to me we needed something like this,” Bross said. “And we do really well supporting worthy causes in our area.”

The foundation board consists of Bross, chairman; Wendy Harrington, vice chair; Joel Booth, treasurer; Eric Churchwell, secretary; and Jennifer Leftwich, law enforcement liaison.

In addition, one representative from each of the local law enforcement organization, Palmyra Police Department, Hannibal Police Department; Marion County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri Highway Patrol, will be on the board.

An on-going capital campaign is underway, to help local law enforcement with such items as lifesaving equipment and training.

In addition, the funds raised will be used to sponsor the Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet for all local law enforcement officers, administrators, staff and their guests.

That event is scheduled for Oct. 5 at the Hannibal Country Club and each person attending will receive a free meal as well as a bag of goodies and a chance to win door prizes.

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.