The Bradenton Police Department's Bradenton Blue Foundation is happy to announce the receipt of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Grant award. This generous grant award will be used to purchase a new, fully-trained K-9 trained specifically in detecting narcotics and other harmful substances. Over the last several years, the City of Bradenton has unfortunately fallen victim to an unprecedented proliferation of opioid overdoses and deaths. Within the last year alone, the Bradenton Police Department has responded to eighty-two drug overdoses and nine suspected drug-related deaths.
Currently, the Bradenton Police Department uses three K-9s, each filling a vital role within our organization. K-9 Maverick is trained as an explosive ordinance detection dog while K-9s Mac and K-9 Riggs are detection and apprehension trained dogs. Our agency is in need of a specially trained search and rescue tracking K-9. The funds received will be used purchase one fully trained non-bite drug interdiction/search and rescue K-9 in order to enhance our ability to remove illegal narcotics from the Bradenton area and find missing persons.
Our intelligence suggests that an increasing number of opioid narcotics are being illegally transported to the area using the United States Postal Service. In order to confront this problem directly, the Bradenton Police Department will use this specially trained K-9 to interdict opioid narcotics in the mail system. BPD and our Federal partners at Homeland Security Investigations will work together to develop a comprehensive program designed to stop the transport and sale of illegal narcotics before they can harm our community.
The security and well-being of our City is paramount, and we will use all tools and resources available to protect Bradenton from potentially harmful threats and ensure the safety of our residents.
About the Bradenton Blue Foundation
The mission of the Bradenton Blue Foundation is to make the City of Bradenton a safer place for all to live, work, and visit through the fulfillment of unmet non-budgeted safety needs for its most critical resource, its members. The Foundation was developed to support our officers and community by raising funds for specialty training, technology, safety equipment, and community outreach programs. The Foundation strives to actualize the authentic meaning of “The BPD Family” by minimizing the financial burden often placed on department employees who experience catastrophic circumstances including illness, serious injury, or death.
About Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger is in his 15th season as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, he is aptly referred to as Big Ben, and has become known for big performances and humble approach. Roethlisberger is one of only 10 starting quarterbacks to win two or more Super Bowls. In 2009, he led the Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Tampa with a thrilling touchdown pass in the final seconds. In 2006, Roethlisberger became the youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Detroit. Roethlisberger earned his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection in 2018 and his 7th overall (2007, 2011, 2014-18), and already holds most of the passing records for the Steelers. He is the only quarterback to lead his team to the conference championship game in each of his first two seasons. He was the unanimous Rookie of the Year in 2004, breaking Dan Marino’s rookie records for completion percentage and passer rating, and was the first quarterback in NFL history to compile a 13-0 regular season record as a rookie.
Roethlisberger was raised in Findlay, Ohio and was a three-sport star at Findlay High School. He went on to set nearly every quarterback record at Miami University (Ohio) prior to foregoing his senior season and becoming the 11th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 NFL Draft. Roethlisberger resides near Pittsburgh with his wife Ashley, daughter Baylee, sons Benjamin and Bodie, and dogs Remy and Kota.
About The Giving Back Fund
The Giving Back Fund is a national public charity that creates and professionally manages charitable foundations and other philanthropic programs for athletes, entertainers, business entrepreneurs and corporations. Since its founding in 1997, The Giving Back Fund has created an important niche in expanding and diversifying philanthropy, particularly among young people, women and people of color. The Giving Back Fund’s unique structure allows donors to direct more of their charitable dollars to causes they care about and less to administrative overhead. To date, The Giving Back Fund has provided philanthropic consulting, management and programming to more than 200 athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and other high net worth individuals. The Giving Back Fund has overseen the distribution of more than $30,000,000 in charitable grants within the United States and other countries, and has developed dozens of unique scholarship, mentoring, medical, arts, and other philanthropic programs. For additional information, please visit www.givingback.org.