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Cops 4 Kids

Since 2009, the Charlottesville Police Foundation has been sponsoring an annual Cops 4 Kids Day. Produced in tandem with the Boys & Girls Club, this fun-filled day provides an opportunity for children ages 6-18 to learn how to interact and be comfortable with police while understanding their importance within our community.

At Cops 4 Kids Day, officers show off the motorcycle unit, explain how the Forensics Unit uses science to solve crimes, talk about bike safety, and generally are available to the kids. We also host a police/teen basketball tournament, provide food from Wayside Chicken, ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s, a bounce house maze, DJ, and giveaways, which put smiles on many faces! The event is open to Boys & Girls Club members, to help the department focus on building quality relationships with these members.

Cops 4 Kids is yet another opportunity for the department to connect in a positive way with the community. It is so important that young people begin to see police officers as leaders within their community that can be trusted and relied upon, as well as for police officers to get to know these youngest members of our community in a fun and relaxed setting. This program has been a continued success each year, and the CPF cannot make it happen without the B&GC program staff, the Charlottesville Police Officers, and donors like you, whose generosity and enthusiasm have kept this program running each year. CPF is so very grateful for your support.

The 2020 event is cancelled due to the unprecedented health pandemic. Please stay tuned for further updates. 


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I want to thank you and the other individuals who organized [the Appreciation Dinner]. Often, the men and women who serve this community fail to receive the recognition and praise they so well deserve. They are local heroes and should be reminded that their service to this community is appreciated by the individuals they protect and serve.

—Family Member of CPD Officer