The Danny Oliver Foundation

The Danny Oliver Foundation was established in 2015 to help rebuild trust and unity among law enforcement agencies and the communities that they serve. We wanted to leverage the opportunity to take something negative, and try to make something positive out of it.

The time is right. The time is right now. Because of many of the recent tragedies involving law enforcement and the public, there has been a major downfall in trust of and respect for law enforcement. We need to rebuild that. The damage, if not repaired with a plan for the future, will only continue to tear communities apart. We want to shed light on the challenges that are being seen every day now in relations between communities and law enforcement. If something isn’t done soon, this continued strain will only continue to increase everyone’s risk.

Deputy Danny Oliver

More than 120 law enforcement officers nationwide were killed in the line of duty in 2014 – an increase of nearly 25 percent from the year prior. Nearly half of those officers were killed by firearms – an increase of more than 50 percent over 2013. In 2014, more officers were killed in California than in any other state.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver was one of those officers. Deputy Oliver was shot and killed in the line of duty on Friday, October 24, 2014 while he and his partner investigated a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a motel in Sacramento, California. Deputy Oliver had served with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife Susan, and two daughters Missy and Jennie.

Danny’s death came against a backdrop of a broader national discussion happening about race relations and tensions between police and the communities they serve. Communities have lost trust and faith in law enforcement agencies, and police officers are at greater risk than ever for being killed in the line of duty while protecting those same communities.

The Danny Oliver Foundation’s mission is simple, we want to help:

  • Improve relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve
  • Rebuild safe and prosperous communities
  • Reestablish respect for law enforcement
  • Create more trust and unity in our communities
  • Restore a greater sense of safety and security for everyone

Through our work, we will provide programs to:

  • Promote additional training, educational and outreach opportunities to help increase positive and productive interactions between law enforcement officers and their communities
  • Work to encourage at-risk youth to seek careers in law enforcement
  • Provide financial assistance to at-risk youth seeking careers in law enforcement

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