All one has to do is pick up a newspaper, watch the news, or listen to the radio to the challenges facing those officers in the public safety realm. There is little doubt that our most promising asset is at risk. The challenge is to provide both proactive and reactive solutions to all citizens and ensure that the underlying causes that lead to crime and the fear of crime are addressed.
The City ofRichmondand specifically the Richmond Police Department works diligently to address:
Additionally, the local economy continues to recover at a pace that is slower than anticipated. The slow recovery has affected all segments of our community and therefore the need to support the local law enforcement agency that a key piece of public safety responsibility.
The need for additional resources to support police initiatives far outpaces the economy’s growth rate and at that realization poses some challenges.
Despite the challenges there is hope going forward. The Richmond Police Foundation continues to be a catalyst in identifying additional resources. Resources are still needed to assist in providing training opportunities for our officer, support for recruit classes and continuation of programs for high risk youth.
Over the past years the outreach efforts have evolved and now have primarily focused on youth and other specific projects identified by the RPD. Projects supported include the Richmond Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL), the Chief of Police's Board of Youth Commissioners, the Homicide Support Group and the Violence Free Zone at George Wythe High School.
The Foundation continues to work closely with Chief Bryan Norwood and the Richmond Police Department to ensure that the Foundation's mission is met. The Foundation and RPD have placed community involvement projects that affect public safety as a top priority. Collaborating with individual, corporate and group community partners continues to be a focus.
The Foundation continues to strengthen the collaborative efforts with several of its partners including Richmond Public Schools, Community in Schools, the Richmond Outreach Center, Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, the Foundation has many corporate partners including Dominion, MWV and Altria that support various efforts.
The Nancy White Thomas Richmond Police Fund is designated for assistance to Richmond Police recruits upon graduation. Funds are utilized to purchase area road maps for each graduate of the recruit class. Additionally, funds are used to purchase awards for recruits. The Nancy White Thomas Award is in honor of Ms. Nancy White Thomas for her inspiration and contributions to recruit training for over 42 years. This award recognizes the recruit who has demonstrated the most outstanding overall performance throughout recruit training.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
While the Foundation has not formally required that board members provide financial support, the board volunteers fully accept a “give or get” approach to providing resources for Foundation operations and projects. Each member continues to assist in initiatives by providing non-financial resources for specific projects through various means. Perhaps one of the biggest contributions from board members is their ability to secure contributions through their corporate and personal affiliations.
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