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.
In 2017, the Albemarle County Police Foundation 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. 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.
At a time when many law enforcement officers are choosing to leave the profession, and fewer new applicants are applying, the Albemarle County Police Department and its Foundation are committed to providing care and recognition of our officers. In 2016, one of our new key initiatives was developing a Housing Assistance program designed to bring our officers back to live in the County that they protect and serve. And, this year we are pleased to offer our first housing down payment assistance.
In a recent survey, it was determined that only 39% 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.
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.
The Foundation provides financial support towards programs that promote relationship building between the ACPD and our community. These programs include:
- Youth Education
- Geo-Policing Initiatives
- Citizens Police Academy
- Public Service Announcements
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.
“Holly Days” Appreciation Luncheon
Hosted in December, this event is a time for the Foundation and its community partners to show their appreciation for the hard work that our men and women in blue (or in our case, brown) do throughout the year. In addition to the Police Awards Banquet, this is one of the only times of the year that many of our officers are able to come together in celebration.