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2019 Appreciation Dinner showed gratitude to officers

October 14, 2019

The 2019 Charlottesville Police Department Appreciation Dinner was held on Saturday, October 12th at the Boar's Head Pavilion. Over 200 CPD officers and their guests, CPD retirees, Charlottesville Police Foundation board and council members, and representatives of many partner organizations were on hand to help celebrate excellence at the department over the past year.

The Foundation recognized three local businesses for their exemplary partnership over the past year in support of officers. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Shenandoah Joe, and Chick-fil-A Pantops have consistently supported the department and individual officers by donating ice cream, coffee, and food for many different events throughout the past year.

Officers and Civilian Employees of the Department were recognized for their outstanding work as they went above and beyond the call of duty this year. Commendation Awards, Life Saving Awards, Officers of the Month, Civilian Employees of the Month, Officer of the Year, and Civilian Employee of the Year were given out to approximately 30 employees. Retirees, Years of Service, and Promotions were also recognized. 

Many local businesses contributed to the raffle prizes that were given to officers at the end of the evening. Businesses and individuals also contributed funds to sponsor officer attendance, table sponsorship, and the event was underwriten by lead sponsors Virginia National Bank and the Oakwood Foundation.

Coverage of the event can be seen at NBC29 and CBS19.

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I have been a Police Officer for a long time. I have seen both joyful and horrific times thru the years; some dark days & rainy nights I have even asked myself if it was worth it, and did anybody really care? Thanks to the Foundation, I know someone does. Not just funding equipment or training or the many other things that have been done, but by letting us see all of you among us as we work. The outpouring of support from the community itself has demonstrated to us that there are still SO MANY good people in this broken world.

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