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
Melaleuca has been a supporter
of America’s heroes and first responders for many years.
During the summer of 2016, in response to police shootings,
Melaleuca bathed the entire exterior of its Global Headquarters in blue.
Frank’s comment at the time is reflected in this donation: “We stand solidly
behind the police officers across the nation.”
The Wellness Company is responsible for donating health and
wellness products to firefighters, law enforcement officials and first
responders, particularly during times of natural disaster, as well as making
financial contributions to several chapters of the Fraternal Order of Police.
It has helped police forces purchase trained dogs, purchase equipment for Search
& Rescue teams, and provided support in a variety of other ways.
Shortage of space
The donated office space, which is behind the Melaleuca Product
Store in Idaho Falls, is now being occupied by the IFPD’s administrators. The facility
has its own entrance on Broadway.
donation frees up space at the IFPD’s current police headquarters, which is
bursting at the seams, and allows for renovations that will improve the main
“While Melaleuca’s donation is not a permanent
solution, it is one that allows us to address a few immediate quality of life
and operational issues at the department,” said Chief Johnson.