The Foundation’s communications and outreach programs support a vision where the community and police work together to build relationships and solve problems. These programs are designed to create opportunities for community involvement with police and by providing information on police initiatives. In addition to our populare Cops 4 Kids Day, our community outreach activities include:
- "100 Conversations" is a new program beginning in 2019. Through this program, 50 officers will begin a new relationship with two members of the community, meeting together repetitively over the course of a year. Officers and community members will meet for coffee or lunch, go to community events together, and introduce each other to their spheres of influence. We believe one path forward to better police/community relations is to humanize each other and to foster an environment of listening.
- “Ice Cream with a Cop” program where officers go to different parks around the city throughout the summer to give away ice cream and build relationships with citizens
- Citizens Police Academy held for 11 weeks in the Fall, during which time a dozen or so citizens get an in-depth education about the Police Department
- Leadership Police Academy - a shortened version of the Citizens Police Academy - which is designed for Charlottesville leaders such as City Council representatives, members of the press, and neighborhood association presidents
- Easter Egg Hunt with the community
- "Trunk or Treat" for Halloween on the downtown mall and in neighborhoods in the City
- "Santa Van" for the holidays, where officers bring toys to children around the City