Support Activities and Programs
The Foundation has a number of support activities that function on a continuing basis. Among these are programs to increase educational opportunities for officers, recognition programs, various initiatives to provide items or services to officers to enhance the performance of their duties, public outreach, and education programs (it is Foundation policy that only items and services that cannot be provided by our local government can be considered).
The following is a list of activities programs the Foundation supports/maintains:
The Foundation maintains a special fund to support law enforcement personnel and their families to meet emergency needs. Their needs include a death in the family, incapacitating injury, or uncontrollable event. This fund is expressly designed to meet the immediate short term needs that arise before other resources are available.
Police Memorial Fund
The Police Memorial Monument fund was built on the grounds of the Historic 1917 Chesterfield Courthouse on Iron Bridge Road. The monument pays tribute the officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. It’s important that we remember those who have paid the ultimate price.
SUCCESS THROUGH EDUCATION AND PROATIVE POLICING (STEPP) is an innovative program adopted by the Chesterfield County Police Department and the Chesterfield County Public Schools to better ensure a safe learning environment in our county schools. The primary focus of the curriculum is on life skills, which help to promote a safe and secure community. As part of the program, all elementary school students receive instruction in matters concerning personal safety, conflict resolution, drug prevention and responsible behavior.
The program also provides the opportunity for the Child Safety Officers to model responsible behavior and act as a mentor for students as well as a resource for students, parents, teachers, and school administrators. This comprehensive program encompasses both the Child Safety Office and the School Resource Officer Program and directly affects students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Military Support Group
In composed of Critical Incident Stress management (CISM) personnel who with the financial support from the Police Foundation, began a family support group for those families of County police, Sheriffs and fire department personnel who are now on military active duty serving their country in the “War on Terror”.
Shortly after 9/11, personnel from our police department, sheriff’s department and fire department who were obligated to the military started getting activated and sent away from their families. They left their families behind to help defend our country against the war on terrorism. Also, the family income was sometimes cut short, because of less pay from the military. But the county stepped up and supplemented their pay to relieve that stress.
CISM team members, with financial support from the Police Foundation, began a military family support group in November, 2001. The group has been meeting monthly ever since. We have had child specialists meet with the children, and a facilitator meet with the parents. Also, the police explorer post assists with the children at every meeting so the parents can have a little quiet time.
During Christmas, the funds collected from officers went to the children of officers who were activated at the time.
The support group will continue as long as we have members activated for the war.
Bike for the Blue
The Chesterfield County Police Foundation supports the annual “Bike for the Blue” bicycle ride to Washington, D. C., as we honor our fallen law enforcement officers nationwide.
Officers from Chesterfield join other Virginia law enforcement personnel to make the 115-mile bike ride to Washington, D. C. to attend the National Police Week Memorial Service. A team of about 20 additional police personnel also makes the trip to support the riders.
See details about our upcoming event to benefit Bike for the Blue
The Foundation has a number of support activities that function on a continuing basis. Among these are programs to increase educational opportunities for officers, recognition programs, various initiatives to provide items or services to officers to enhance the performance of their duties, public outreach and education programs (it is Foundation policy that only items and services that cannot be provided by our local government can be considered.