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Community Leadership Police Academy

February 18, 2015

Early in 2015, the Charlottesville Police Foundation and Department hosted classes to get a "behind the scenes" look at the Department for local Charlottesville leaders. The classes were called a "Community Leadership Police Academy" and invitees included members of the local press, City Council, neighborhood associations, and Charlottesville Police Foundation board members. 

Charlottesville community leaders' work may occasionally or often bring them into contact with the police. This two-day class helped give an understanding of the CPD and opened a dialogue for better communication. Instead of the 11-week class the Department offers the community, the Leadership Academy focused on the topics most relevant to leaders' roles, including:

  • Overview of the department
  • Overview of the Charlottesville Police Foundation
  • Hiring/Accreditation
  • Internal Affairs
  • Patrol Operations
  • Investigations
  • Crime Prevention
  • Use of Force

We have heard from several of the participants about the benefits they received from the class. In the words of Jaclyn Piermarini, a reporter with the Charlottesville Newsplex:

"I really enjoyed hearing about everything the police do, and feel like both on a personal level and on a professional level it will help so much to understand their perspective. We are so lucky to have them. We come from all over the country over in this newsroom, and we know how good we have it with this police force. Thank you such much for treating us to an inside look at what they do!"

We hope to continue to work closely with community leaders in the future as we strive towards the goal of "Relational Policing" with Chief Longo and our Charlottesville Police Department.

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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.

—CPD Officer Perspective, CPD Officer Charlottesville Police Department