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“My Why” - Former CPD Officer and New CPF Board Member Alex Bruner

June 2, 2021

When CPF board member Alex Bruner offers ideas and advice on how the organization can best serve the officers of the Charlottesville Police Department, he brings a unique and invaluable perspective. He has literally been there done that. Bruner served as a CPD officer from 2010-2015. Bruner began his journey to public service as a college student at Lehigh University, where he was an EMS volunteering before joining the local volunteer fire department. While there, he worked closely with the local police department, and the experience stuck with him.

“When I graduated, I had really enjoyed the public safety aspect of EMS and fire, and it made perfect sense for me to do the third point on that public safety triangle. I got into it because I like helping people and providing some community safety, and it lived up to its expectations. I like rather than sitting on the sidelines and complaining about things in the city that I could actually do something about them.”

Bruner was assigned to the midnight shift and ended up spending all five years there. “I really liked the people and found them incredibly genuine and in it for all the right reasons.” While the shift precluded him from meeting and interacting with many community members on his beat, he grew and valued relationships with people on the downtown mall, where he built important relationships with the homeless community, among others, who often served as important eyes and ears for his efforts there.

Having seen the work of the Foundation from both sides, Bruner has a deep understanding of and appreciation for its work. “I think it is a tremendously important way for community members to positively influence the Charlottesville Police Department,” Bruner said.  And this is particularly relevant when it comes to the important support the Foundation provides for officer training. “The Foundation provides a really important service to the community by helping to bridge funding gaps to provide training services in areas like de-escalation and mental health, both for community members and the officers themselves that ultimately benefit everyone who lives here.”

Bruner left CPD in order to continue his journey of public service in a way that allowed him to serve even more people. After earning an MBA from the Darden School of Bepusiness at UVA. He has worked with DuPont on upgrading the safety of industrial workers and first responders and is currently looking at ways to take his knowledge and experience even deeper. “I like that aspect of the business that allows me to use my public safety and public service background to give back, and I want to work with businesses who make money and do good at the same time.”

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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