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Cops 4 Kids

Since 2009, the Charlottesville Police Foundation has been sponsoring an annual Cops 4 Kids Day for the downtown community. Produced in tandem with the Boys & Girls Club since 2010, this fun-filled day provides an opportunity for children ages 5-18 to learn how to interact and be comfortable with police while understanding their importance within our community. 

At Cops 4 Kids Day, hundreds of children enjoy the K9 police dog demonstration, forensics van tour, SWAT team gear show, a visit with McGruff the Crime Dog, relay races with police officers, food by Wayside Chicken, ice cream, music, bubbles, and prizes.

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.

This year's event will be held on Friday, May 4th, 4-6pm at the Boys & Girls Club on Cherry Avenue. Click here for more details.

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