Civilian Police Academy
The Civilian Police Academy invites Nassau County residents to the Police Academy for fourteen weeks of specialized training for the purpose of opening up lines of communication and building trust between the police and the community. Graduates of the academy become part of the Civilian Police Academy Alumni Association which meets at the Police Academy monthly to promote the concept of community policing and assist the police with problem-solving techniques to improve and address quality of life issues in Nassau County.
R.E.A.C.H. Program (Return Every Adult & Child Home)
The Return Every Adult and Child Home (REACH) registry is a law enforcement-maintained database of children and adults with cognitive disorders that make them more likely to become a missing person and that potentially limit their ability to communicate. Individuals who are affected by Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, Down Syndrome, mental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, etc. are examples of people who are prime candidates for the registry. This database is maintained by the Asset Forfeiture and Intelligence unit at the Police Academy and includes photographs, biographical information, and other information pertinent for locating and dealing with registrants such as likely destinations and idiosyncrasies. The REACH registry is an expansion of the Silver Alert System that also assists the Department with a swift response to missing person calls.
The NCPD Foundation provides financial support to the REACH program to purchase the wristbands, lanyards and identification cards distributed to those individuals who are registered in the R.E.A.C.H. program so that law enforcement officers can recognize them as members of the program more easily should they go missing.
Police Youth Academy
The Youth Police Academy is designed to give high school students an opportunity to experience the many roles of police officers in their communities. These students from designated school districts come to the Police Academy for a one-day modified academy.
The purpose of the Youth Academy is to expose young people to police work, establish a positive relationship between the Police Department and young adults, and enhance responsible citizenship. The session consists of classroom lectures, physical training, defensive tactics, police demonstrations as well as obstacle course exercises. At the end of the day, the youth have a greater understanding and respect for the members of the Police Department.
The NCPD Foundation has committed funding to run this program to ensure that as many youth as possible in Nassau County are able to participate.
The NCPD Foundation and NCPD Police Unions partner each year to bring joy to needy children around the holidays and in time for back-to-school. Each year on Christmas Eve children from homeless shelters are bused to Matty’s Toy Store in Hewlett where they receive a Christmas Eve shopping spree with cops thanks to the NCPD Foundation and three NCPD police unions. In addition, each August we partner with the unions again to provide over 1,000 backpacks and school supplies to needy children in New Cassel. This community event brings the community and police together as the children and their families are treated to a barbecue, visit from the NCPD’s Mounted Unit, BSO and a special landing from the search and rescue helicopter. Finally, the NCPD Foundation partnered this past Spring with Toys of Hope Children's Charity to distribute and install over 170 brand new car seats to over 152 families in the Roosevelt community. These programs are important because they bring the community and police together for positive activities that build communication and relationships.
Law Enforcement Equipment/Training Program
With continued budget cuts and reduced federal grant monies available for training and equipment, the NCPD Foundation helps the NCPD by purchasing the equipment or training necessary to keep our officers safe. By supporting this program you are helping our officers on the streets obtain the best training and equipment available to ensure they are protected when they are risking their lives protecting us.
The NCPD Foundation donated two new canine officers to the NCPD for $14,000 . These new officers, Seren and Chief, will be a great addition to the county helping to detect bombs as well as narcotics. These new dogs, all German Shepherds from Eastern Europe between ten months and two years old will graduate training in six months and add to the seven canine's already in service with the NCPD.
The NCPD Foundation constructed a new police booth in the Village of Great Neck which was named in honor of former NCPD Police Commissioner Francis B. Looney, who rose through the ranks serving as Commissioner from 1966 to 1971. It was Commissioner Looney who originally ordered the building of police booths in Nassau County. This $100,000 gift will serve as a relieving point for many patrol officers, as well as a place to write reports and conduct other administrative functions.
The NCPD Foundation supported the NCPD Firearms and Pistol Range with over $40,000 in landscaping and equipment necessary for the training of our officers
In support of the Nassau County Auxiliary Police
and Advanced Medical Technicians the NCPD Foundation raised $65,000 to purchase
600 high-visibility raincoats, hat covers and safety vests.
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