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Northey Foundation

​Officer W. Michael Northey

Officer Mike Northey joined the Arvada Police Department on February 20, 1978. He was tragically struck and killed by a vehicle after he stopped two motorcycle riders on August 11, 1979. The mission of the W. Michael Northey Foundation is to honor and preserve the memory of Officer Michael Northey by providing financial assistance to officers and their families in times of crisis and by investing in the youth of Arvada by providing scholarships to graduates of Arvada High Schools. 

Funds are raised for the Foundation through donations and two annual fundraising events; a Drug Take Back and annual Shred-A-Thon. 


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Northey Foundation Drug Take Back

Scheduled for April 8, 2017

The Northey Foundation Drug Take Back takes place each year on the second Saturday in April, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., at the Arvada Police Department headquarters, located at 8101 Ralston Rd. in Arvada. This is free event, however, donations are accepted and benefit the Foundation which provides scholarships to Arvada high school students seeking a higher education degree, and helps families of officers killed or injured in the line of duty.

When over-the-counter or prescription medications are expired or no longer needed, they should be removed from the home. Many people believe that the best way to dispose of unused or expired medications is to flush them down the toilet. However, this pollutes our waterways and adversely affects wildlife and plant life along our streams and rivers. 

The Drug Take Back program gives residents a safe way to dispose of these types of medication. Simply gather up your unused, unwanted and expired medications and bring them to the Arvada Police Department parking lot, where you can drive up, dispose and drive away.

Some of the items that can be collected include prescription medications, over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications or lotions. Below is a list of items that can and cannot be accepted:  


  • Prescription Medications
  • Over-the-Counter Medications
  • Medication Samples
  • Pet Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Liquid Medication in Glass or Leak-proof Containers
  • Medicated Ointments and Lotions
  • Inhalers


  • Bloody or Infectious Waste
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Thermometers
  • IV Bags
  • Illicit drugs
  • Chemotherapy & other radioactive substances
  • Oxygen Containers
  • Needles or Other Sharps

W. Michael Northey was a police officer for the City of Arvada who was tragically killed after being struck by a car while making an arrest on August 11, 1979. Northey was very active with the youth of the community and the Northey Foundation was created to award scholarships to those pursuing a higher education degree, and for Officers and/or their families in times of need. The W. Michael Northey Foundation is a 501(C)(3) (IRS#31-1771579) not for profit organization.

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Scheduled for October 8, 2016

The Arvada Police invites residents to protect their identity and personal information by taking part in the Annual Shred-A-Thon. This community event is held each year on the second Saturday in October in the parking lot at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. The Shred-A-Thon will be available from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Arvada Police partners with Shred-it to safely destroy documents containing personal information. Resident and businesses can bring up to three boxes or three bags of documents. Items recommended for shredding are:

  • Credit Card Statements
  • Bank Statements
  • Tax Forms
  • Medical Statements
  • Other items containing personal information

The event is free, but donations are welcomed and benefit the W.Michael Northey Foundation. The Foundation provides scholarships to local high school students who want to pursue a higher education degree. Area high school students and Arvada Police Explorers will be on hand to assist with unloading items. 


The W. Michael Northey Foundation is a 501(C)(3) ( IRS #31-1771579) not for profit organization.