In 2017, the ACPF established the Albemarle County Police Foundation Educational Scholarship Program as a benefit for Albemarle County police officers and staff. The purpose of the program is to assist the Albemarle County Police Department in building a professional, educated force and to aid in recruiting and retaining a corps of highly sought after officers, while providing financial support to to our officers and staff pursing their advanced degrees. We strongly believe that the best police force is an educated one.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, or applying please continue to our Scholarship Program page.
In a recent survey, it was determined that only 38% of ACPD officers live in Albemarle County. Due in part to high housing costs in the County. By financially assisting our officers to move into the jurisdiction that they serve, it will aid in building community relations and allow them to become more vested in our County.
The ACPF hopes to award three to four, $10,000 down payment assistance grants per year. By providing direct economic incentives to our officers, we are encouraging more officers to reside in Albemarle County, encouraging long-term commitment to Albemarle, and increasing recruiting effectiveness for the Albemarle County Police Department.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, partnering with us in the exciting new initiative, or applying please continue to our housing assistance page.
Supplemental Training & Equipment
The Albemarle County Police Foundation is committed to the ideal that a dedicated, well-trained, and modernly-equipped police department leads to a safer community. The ACPD Foundation helps to supplement the Police Department’s training budget, allowing for highly specialized tactical and communications trainings for advanced education.
In 2015, the ACPD Foundation was thrilled to offer a 2 day law enforcement specific, communications training course, “Making Every Contact Count”. This course was designed and led by nationally recognized law enforcement training specialist, Larry Moser. Designed to make each encounter that our officers have in the community a positive one, because the most important skill set that an officer can possess is communication skills. Communications trainings such as this, help contribute to the rise in commendations for the Albemarle County Police Department. In 2015, the department received 368 praises, compared to 200 in 2014.
Our SWAT team has received some of the best, advanced tactical training in the country to better protect our officers, volunteers, and citizens during real-life situations. With the rise of “active shooter” events in recent years, it is reassuring to know that our officers are well equipped to handle such potentially devastating situations.
In addition to assisting with training programs, the ACPD Foundation also assists in filling equipment needs when necessary. In 2014, the Auxiliary Police Officers Program celebrated it first full year of volunteer services. The APO’s play a crucial role in the ACPD by providing over 2,355 volunteer hours at a cost savings of $57,680. The Foundation was pleased to assist this generous group of individuals by providing them with official uniforms.
From soft skills communication training, and intense SWAT team tactical training, to Auxiliary Police uniforms, the ACPD Foundation helps aid in providing our police department with the skills and equipment they need to perform at their highest level.
Charlottesville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is proud to announce that we have partnered with the Albemarle County Police Department (ACPD) to be members of our community and gym. Thank you to The Albemarle Police Foundation for making this unique partnership possible. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique and leverage to take the fight to the ground and control the opponent. The ACPD and Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy currently teach BJJ as a core part of the police academy defensive tactics program and post academy Spartan program.
The goal of this partnership is to allow officers to learn to effectively control resisting individuals using leverage and technique to avoid the need for excessive force. This will result in safer resolutions to physical confrontation for both the officer and suspect. The live training will allow officers to learn to remain calm and controlled when responding to resistance in the course of their duties. In addition to the physical benefits that Jiu-Jitsu brings, regular practice will also help reduce the stress that comes with having a tough job.
At Charlottesville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we welcome all walks of life through our doors and are all equals on the mat. Jiu-Jitsu is known to grow strong bonds between training partners; we are excited to provide an opportunity for this inaugural class of 15 officers to further develop positive relationships with members of the community that they serve.
For many years the Albemarle County Police Foundation has supported the Police Department’s K-9 Unit. Foundation dollars have gone directly towards the purchase of law enforcement dogs, as well as training, food and other supplies necessary to care for and protect the dogs.
Each year in the spring, the Foundation hosts the Police Awards Ceremony and Banquet, and in December, the annual "Holly-Days Appreciation Luncheon". Both events are tremendous morale builders. Additionally, throughout the year the ACPF organizes shift meals, family days, and coordinates community support for the Police Department.