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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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James Pierce

The Police Department supports the Boys & Girls Club Teen Program by sending officers to the Cherry Avenue Club from 7 to 11 p.m. during the summer. There is nothing quite like seeing a police officer on a Teen Night in the Club, smiling, shooting hoops, or riding a mechanical bull to humanize all officers for the kids. The Club appreciates its unique partnership with the CPD and CPF.

—James Pierce, Executive Director

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia