Police Department Honors Melaleuca with Community Partner Award
For displaying extraordinary support toward the Idaho Falls Police Department, Chief Bryce Johnson presented the inaugural Idaho Falls Police Community Partner Award to Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot on Oct. 10, 2019.
Chief Johnson related the story when Frank approached the Idaho Falls Police Department in late 2018 and unexpectedly offered free downtown office space, including the maintenance cost of the monthly utilities. As the city’s new police chief, and one who is dealing with a lack of space for his growing police department, the Chief was surprised by Melaleuca’s willingness to support the police department in such a manner.
“Our local police should be heroes to all of us,” Frank says. “Their lives are tough enough without having to work without adequate space and resources. We had some extra space. It’s the least that we could do to make it available to them.”
This award was created in response to Melaleuca’s donation and in the hope of presenting it to other community members for displaying remarkable support. Chief Johnson explained the purpose of the award is to recognize community members who, because of a desire to support the Idaho Falls community, support the furtherance of public safety, police operations, and/or the overall goals and mission of the Idaho Falls Police Department.
“We are grateful to Frank and Melaleuca for recognizing our need and for graciously offering space to help alleviate some of those needs while more permanent options are pursued,” said Chief Johnson.Award Organization: Idaho Falls Police Department Award Country: United States of America