The Alexandria Police Foundation (APF) is focused on its main mission of supporting the work of the men and women who serve every day to make Alexandria the safe place it is to live, work, play and visit. We focus on three specific areas:
· K-9s – APF pays for medical insurance and medical bills not covered by insurance for our retired 4-legged K-9 officers. The APF also supports our active 4-legged officers by providing them equipment over and above their budget.
· Kids – In 1936, the idea of a camp was born when officers from the Alexandria Police Department, along with a sports reporter for the Alexandria Gazette, decided to find a place for the children of Alexandria during the summer. The Alexandria Police Association endorsed the idea and in 1947 the 97-acre camp opened in Kilmarnock, VA. APF supports sending 20 children to camp each year.
· COPS – APF supports the Community Oriented Policing Section (COPS) of the Alexandria Police Department. Officers are assigned to introduce young people in the City to the police department in a positive way. They do this with help from APF by providing meals at Thanksgiving to underprivileged families; shop with a COP pairs officers with a child to shop for a toy for him or her; community events where officers bring out an ice cream cart and hot dogs to distribute to children; COPS officers take kids to sporting games such as the Washington Nationals ball games, Wizards basketball games, and more during the year. In 2016 COPS added Easter and Halloween events to the growing list of engagement opportunities.