Over the weekend the Shawnee Police Foundation (SPF) will be hosting a barbecue cook-off and a golf tournament — both events are fundraisers to benefit Shawnee's police and fire departments.

Over the weekend the Shawnee Police Foundation (SPF) will be hosting a barbecue cook-off and a golf tournament — both events are fundraisers to benefit Shawnee's police and fire departments.

Shawnee Police Department PIO Sgt. Dan Shumaker praised the foundation's effort, saying its members are a great group of citizens who care about Shawnee's officers and the community.

SPF Hot Pursuit BBQ Cook-off

On Saturday, the SPF will offer barbecue sandwiches and tasting kits for purchase during the Pottawatomie County Free Fair, at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, at 1700 W. Independence.

Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the state championship includes a $10,000 cash payout, as well as several other levels of cash prizes.

Sponsorships are tax-deductible:

• Sizzling Sponsor — $1,250 and up

• Hot Hot Hot Sponsor — $1,000

• Flaming Sponsor — $750

• Smoking Sponsor — $500

• Spicy Sponsor — $250

• Sweet Sponsor — anything under $250

To sponsor, call (405) 275-9072.

Guns and Hoses Tournament

Shawnee Police Foundation is hosting its first Guns and Hoses Golf Tournament Monday, held at the Shawnee Country Club, at 2501 Augusta Drive.

According to the SPF website, at hotpursuitbbq.org, proceeds will benefit Shawnee police and fire departments.

Teams will sign in an hour before the event, which begins at 9 a.m.

Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. is provided, when the winner of a raffle drawing will be announced.

According to the benefit flier, entry fees are as follows:

• Hole sponsor: $100

• Corporate sponsor: $375 (two people, hole sponsor)

• Individual player: $80

Support the cause

Mail a donation, made payable to Communities Foundation of Oklahoma with SPF (Shawnee Police Foundation in the memo line) to P O BOX 32 Shawnee, OK 74802-0032. A tax form from Communities Foundation of Oklahoma will be mailed.

• Sponsor an officer to the annual banquet — $20 per officer

• Become a board member

• Sign up to attend the Citizens Police Academy put on by the Police Department

About SPF

The Shawnee Police Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides equipment and training for members of Shawnee law enforcement.

According to the City of Shawnee website, at shawneeok.org, four goals of the SPF are to:

• Support advanced law enforcement training opportunities

• Support community crime prevention activities and education

• Assist with special equipment needs that are outside of the normal departmental budget

• Assist in research, development, and implementation of programs to address challenges of providing police services of the highest quality

The SPF, with the assistance of the SPD, has identified some areas of need: tasers, radars, special programs/equipment for school safety, drug/narcotics enforcement and SWAT team equipment, the website reads.