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.
It is the goal of the Foundation to drive that rate even lower by offering available funding for adoptions, transports and other pro-life initiatives to help save our little friends.