All photos taken at our May 5th ride are now available for purchase. Please click here to view the photos from the Axman Pictures website. Thirty percent of your purchase will be donated back to POAT. Happy viewing!
You can also view additional pictures at http://bikerspost.com/albums/view/7058
The Police Officer Assistance Trust offers five separate scholarships to the son or daughter of any Miami-Dade, Broward, or Monroe County federal, state or local law enforcement officer. The Christopher Todd is also available to Miami-Dade Police Department sworn officers who are pursuing a degree in Police Science, Law, Public Safety or Social Services.
The Paul Janosky Scholarship is offered to high school seniors or graduates who plan to major in the visual arts, graphics, or computer arts.
The Mike Byrd Scholarship is for students entering into the biology, chemistry, forensic pathology fields, or any major affiliated with crime scene investigation.
The Roger Castillo (males only) and Amanda Haworth (females only) Scholarships were established to recognize students who embody characteristics such as integrity, strength of character, and adhere to a set of moral and ethical principles.
The Christopher Todd Scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a degree in Police Science, Law, Public Safety, or Social Services.
Please review the application guidelines for complete details by clicking on the officers names above.
All photos taken at our December ride are now available for purchase. Please click here to take you to the Axman Pictures site. Thirty percent of your purchase will be donated back to POAT. Happy viewing!
The semiannual motorcycle ride, Cops Ride for Kids, held on December 1, 2012, was a success with 644 riders participating. This event raises funds for the Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children program, and is a huge undertaking Rudy Gonzalez has taken on for the past ten years which raises substantial funds for this worthy cause. Thank you to everyone who helped in making this another successful ride, and to all of those who participated. Also, thanks to jcl63 for taking this wonderful video of the procession. Mark your calendars for the next ride, which is scheduled for Sunday, May 5, 2013.
POAT's motto is "Serving Those Who Serve" and as we approach the holiday season, we will refocus our attention to the surviving children of our colleagues who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The holiday season is a time of sharing love and joy with friends and family, and these 68 children who lost a parent in service to our community need some special care. This is an annual event for the minor children of officers who died in the line of duty or while on active duty serving the citizens of Miami-Dade County. We accept donations not just during the holidays, but throughout the year as well. Please consider making a donation now for these children whose parent has made the ultimate sacrifice for the community. [READ MORE]
Purchase a May's gift card through the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT). 10% of the purchase go to the Trust.
Simply choose $10, $25 or $50 denominations, with NO expiration date or fees. Can be used at any Macy's in the U.S.
For more information please contact Annette McCully at (305) 970-2776 or POAT office at (305) 594-6662.
POAT recognizes the importance of honoring those who have sacrificed their lives for the sake of making our community a safer place to reside. In an effort to further recognize the fallen officers of Miami-Dade County, POAT is initiating Project "Honoring Every Resting Officer (HERO)".
The goal of Project HERO is to honor officers killed in the line of duty at their resting location. The officers will be honored annually during May, coinciding with the many events such as National Police Week and Memorial Day. During this period, POAT will place United States and Eternal Blue Line Flags at the foot of each grave or crypt. Grave markers, labeled Police Officer and in the shape of police badges, will hold the flags in place. POAT has ordered all the supplies and mailed them to locations throughout the United States, to include Puerto Rico, where the heroes are buried. In addition, the Miami-Dade Police Districts will also fly the Eternal Blue Line Flags on order to memorialize the fallen.
The Police Officer Assistance Trust was founded in 1989 as a nonprofit support organization for the law enforcement community of Miami-Dade County, Florida. Our mission is to provide assistance to officers and their families in times of hardship, personal crisis, or critical need. There was no resource or organization in place to assist officers who were facing devastating situations until POAT was formed. Since its inception, POAT has helped law enforcement families through catastrophic circumstances brought about by accident, illness, or injury. Assistance is primarily financial, but has extended to other support including information, referrals, and counseling. [ ]
The Miami-Dade Police K-9 Memorial was dedicated on August 14, 2009 at Tropical Park (7900 SW 40 Street) to memorialize and honor all of the police canines that have served Miami-Dade County and the seven that died serving the citizens of Miami-Dade County. The seven canines memorialized on the wall of honor were inducted by the K-9's partner/handler or a designated representative [Read More]
Educational Assistance is granted to spouses and children of officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. This assistance provides funds for undergraduate studies at a college or university or training at a vocational or technical school. For those who protect us today, let us protect their children's tomorrow.
Assistance is available to all sworn law enforcement officers from any local, state or federal agency, who work within the geographical boundaries of Miami-Dade County. Established guidelines and procedures are followed to ensure accountability and assistance is granted when all other reasonable resources have been exhausted. POAT provides financial support to officers and their families in a variety of ways.
On January 2, 2009, Huber R. Parsons III, Retired, U.S. Army, was honored in appreciation of his service to the country we love, and remembrance of the soldiers that have died making the ultimate sacrifice. He is a West Point graduate, as well as his two brothers. Huber Parsons III was severely injured serving in Iraq as an explosive device struck his vehicle killing several soldiers inside. The Huber family are long-time residents of Coral Gables and have supported law enforcement through the years.
An M-1 Rifle was presented to Huber at the Coral Gables Police Department, by Coral Gables Police Chief Richard Naue. The Miami-Dade Police Department's Operation Support our Wounded Warriors Program, which POAT strongly supports, facilitated M-I for Vets to ship the rifle for the presentation.
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