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Charity Spotlight: Sacramento Police Foundation

By on September 4, 2016

police officerBy Kayla Webster

Despite many negative portrayals in the media, police officers continue to put their lives on the line every day they go to work—protecting and serving their communities. Sacramento police officers are no exception; through collections made by the Sacramento Police Foundation, local law enforcement is able to rise above the call of duty to show their dedication to their neighbors by participating in community service projects.

Some of these endeavors include holiday gift giving to low-income families, senior center and hospital visitations, and youth mentoring. Many of these programs would not be in place without the organization because they are unbudgeted, Sergeant Bryce Heinlein of the Sacramento Police Department said.

Also, with the community involved in funding these specific activities in their community, it helps build ownership within the different neighborhoods.  Residents have a part in building the youth of tomorrow.

One of their most prominent youth programs is the Criminal Justice Academy—a special high school curriculum modeled after the Sacramento Police Academy. Students enrolled in this program take classes related to criminal justice, and are expected to engage in physical training exercises while performing 50 hours of community service.

In addition, students receive college counseling and the opportunity to attend field trips and job fairs.  The Academies serve as the catalyst for our youth to become successful and productive members of our community, Heinlein said. This unique program focuses on instilling in our students a strong sense of pride, honor and civic responsibility.

A higher percentage of students enrolled in the academy transfer straight to college after graduating high school than the rest of their peers. Many of their graduates achieved careers in law enforcement, including public service aides, CSI investigators, and police officers. Participating high schools include John F. Kennedy, Hiram Johnson, C.K. McClatchy, and Grant Union.

The foundation also offers these students the opportunity to earn scholarships to pursue higher education.  “The Criminal Justice Magnet Academy has given me the strength, resilience, and determination to not only follow my dreams, but to chase them with the utmost best of my ability, without ever giving up, Asya Grigoryan, a 2015 graduate currently attending UCLA said in an online testimonial.

In addition to all they do for their neighbors, the Sacramento Police Foundation funds the police department’s annual Police Commendation Awards—a ceremony to recognize outstanding officers with medals of valor for exceptional service over the past year.

Thanks to generous donations, the foundation has been able to host one of these ceremonies every year since 2010. Community members can support the Sacramento Police Foundation by making a tax-deductible donation at sacpolicefoundation.org. Donations will help support youth scholarships and other community service activities undertaken by local law enforcement.

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