The Fort Worth Police Officers’ Award Foundation today, July 9, announced the creation of the Panther Club of Fort Worth, a program that encourages the public to display a distinctive decal of a sleek, alert panther on vehicles in support of the men and women whose outstanding commitments go beyond the call of duty.
The Panther Club is the newest program of the Foundation, founded in 1981 to support top-notch performance in all aspects of policing. Since the Foundation’s inception, approximately 30,000 officers have been directly recognized for their contributions to the greater Fort Worth community.
Fort Worth has long been called Panther City. In 1875, a Dallas newspaper wrote that Fort Worth was such a sleepy town that a panther walked the street. While it was meant as insult, Fort Worth citizens loved the image of the panther—especially as the city grew and prospered. The police badge features a panther.
“We believe this is an excellent way for our community to show support for our police officers,” said John Joyce, chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “Panther Club members are encouraged to put the decal on the back windshield of their vehicles.”
Retired Fort Worth Police Officer Jeff Bryan, who serves as the Foundation’s Director of Development, is excited about the new program. “I envision decals on most of the vehicles on our city streets. This is a wonderful way to show our appreciation,” he said. “Anyone can call me anytime to sign up. My number is 817-925-3187.”
Two categories give individuals and businesses opportunities to join. An individual membership is $100 a year, or $1,000 for life. A business membership is $1,000 a year, or $10,000 for life. For more information or to join the Panther Club, go to http://www.fwpolicewards.org.
The Foundation is a 501(C)3 tax-exempt organization. Over the years, the Foundation has hosted an annual awards dinner, recognized officers for excellent performance, provided scholarships to elite national law enforcement schools, and funded special training programs by national policing experts. A donor may also designate that his or her contribution be set aside in a special fund for the family of an officer who is killed in the line of duty.