Members of our community are key partners in creating public safety, so communities and police need mechanisms to engage with each other in consistent and meaningful ways. To this end, the Police Foundation has partnered with the Gwinnett County Police Department in an effort to actively build positive relationships within the community by supporting community engagement opportunities.
The mission of Coffee With A Cop is to break down barriers between police officers and residents they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers that are serving the community.
The Law Enforcement Explorer program provides a community service organization for anyone interested in a law enforcement career and allows young men and women an opportunity to better understand the role of law enforcement in today’s society. The Explorer post also provides members with training and experience in leadership, teamwork, and positive self-confidence. By identifying interested youth and exposing them to police work, the Explorer Post is used to attract the officers of tomorrow. The Gwinnett County Police Department hosts and supports Explorer Post 552, which is sponsored by Learning For Life of The Boy Scouts of America. Gwinnett County Police Department provides the training and equipment used by the Explorer post.
The Youth Police Academy (YPA) is designed to educate middle school and high school students that live in Gwinnett County about the police department and how officers enforce local and state laws. The goal of the YPA is to create and develop a relationship with students and give them an opportunity to learn about the Gwinnett County Police Department’s role in the community and the delivery of services it provides. For more information, CLICK HERE.
The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is designed to educate citizens of Gwinnett about their police department and how officers enforce local and state laws. The goal of the CPA is to create and develop a growing nucleus of responsible, well informed citizens, who have the potential to influence public opinion concerning police practices and the delivery of services.