A Foundation to Build On 2

A Thriving Montgomery County Police Foundation Helps Community Do the Same

“When a guy with a gun asks for a favor, you grant it,” Marvin Address explains half-jokingly as he describes how his longtime friend Thomas Manger asked him to take over the Montgomery County Police Foundation.

Thomas was the Montgomery County police chief who has since retired. A former air traffic controller for the U.S. Air Force, Marvin owned and operated his own insurance business, a job he has also since retired from after 50 years. The two were golfing when the request came up, and Marvin said yes.

That was about 2 1/2 years ago, and Marvin, the Foundation president, says today the Foundation is functioning better than it ever has.

“I surrounded myself with good people and run it like a business, not like a foundation,” he says.

Under Marvin’s leadership, the Foundation changed its focus and now follows a four-pronged approach. Community outreach is first. For instance, the Foundation provides speakers to address current issues at community events, such as bank fraud and gun safety.

Next, is an initiative to fund advanced education for police officers. Marvin says this is especially for those “who want to be career officers and ascend to higher ranks.”

Third, is support for the Police Explorers Program, which provides career orientation experiences; leadership opportunities; and educational training programs for young adults about the purposes, mission and objectives of law enforcement.

And, finally, the Foundation is involved in the opioid problem.

“We work with the Special Investigations Division,” says Marvin, who attends seminars and helps strategize solutions.

Last year, the Foundation provided $10,000 for Narcan, a drug that helps reverse an overdose.

The Foundation is holding an event on Oct. 16 to honor retired Chief Manger; to deepen community relationships; and also to raise funds to help the Foundation provide resources, projects, training, scholarships and more. The event is at the Bethesda Country Club. It begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. and includes a seated dinner and presentation.

At the event, the Foundation will announce the recipients of scholarships that will help officers get the training necessary to advance their law enforcement careers. The recipients were first nominated by their captains, then interviewed by their assistant chiefs. The Foundation board will interview the final six candidates and select the winning candidates.

For information on attending or sponsoring the Oct. 16 Foundation event, email AwardsDinnerMCPF@gmail.com.