The Police Foundation provides Grants for numerous youth related programs throughout the year to continually build the connection between our young people and Law Enforcement. Several Police Officers also serve as youth leaders in areas of sports and community leadership. They continually discuss police programs and policies with our local youth.
One of the more successful programs funded in part by the Foundation is the Department’s Police Explorer Post. Police Explorers is a program to bridge the gap between youth and police by education that involves them in police operations as well as interests them in law enforcement as a career. The program is open to youth between 13 and 21 years old. Their participation includes projects such as doing security work at community events, directing traffic at events and helping with crime prevention programs. Participants go through a six-month training course, and are expected to devote a one-year commitment to the program.
The Foundation has also provided funding for youth related programs such as:
- A partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
- A Police Foundation girls basketball team managed by members of our Detective Division
- Sponsorship of the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
- Purchase of Crime Prevention materials for distribution to schools and youth groups