The Community First Initiative
The Police Department has a bold plan to involve the community more than ever before. Programs such as the Junior Police Academy; Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Training; Kid Escape; Law Enforcement Bridging the Gap; Citizen’s Firearm’s Safety Courses; Community Bridging the Gap, and others in development such as reviving the Police Athletic League can all benefit from the Foundation’s resources.
One particular program that is going to be enormous, is the Police Department’s partnership with the Dothan City Schools in fall of 2017. A program called the Police Officer Training Corps Internship Program (POTC) is being developed and when implemented will offer college level courses in law enforcement to our high school students. The Foundation may offer scholarship opportunities for graduates of this program to continue their education and hopefully seek employment with the Dothan Police Department as part of their “Hire Dothan” initiative.
Police Training & Education
Dothan PD has implemented a program called the Southeast Alabama Regional Police Alliance (SARPA). This offers educational and training opportunities for not only Dothan PD, but neighboring law enforcement agencies as well. Funding can be used by the Foundation to facilitate the training of regional law enforcement officers.
Expansions for the Wiregrass Public Safety Center (WPSC) for future programs are inevitable. Funding to the Foundation may be used for these facility upgrades and to buy equipment needed to better train our area police officers.
Pro-Life Animal Services
We seek to provide homes for pets from the Dothan Animal Shelter by creating a means to facilitate transports to places where the animals can be adopted rather than euthanized. The Dothan Animal Shelter is managed by the Dothan Police Department. The shelter’s euthanasia rate is among the lowest of any government-operated shelter facility.
New Animal Shelter
The Dothan Police Foundation is leading the efforts in a public/private partnership to raise money for a new animal shelter in Dothan/Houston County, Alabama. Donations may be made to the Foundation and earmarked for our “New Animal Shelter Fund” if you want your donation to go for that specific project.
We, along with our local rescues and advocates are determined to construct a new shelter for our furry little friends. Total costs are expected to be around $3.5 million. We would greatly value your tax deductible contributions toward a new home for our temporary guests. We remain committed in striving toward a no-kill shelter in our community.