Agency being nominated
Santa Fe College Police Department
What organization / program will receive the award funds
Santa Fe College
Tell us about how this agency has made an impact in the community. Has this agency been working on a specific community project- or have goals to complete one? Please be detailed.
"Run with the Cops" is an annual completely free community policing event hosted at Santa Fe College by the Santa Fe College Police Department.
The impact on the members who attend and the surrounding community is tremendous and long-lasting. This event has three primary goals which create this participant impact.
1. First, the event supports those in our area with special needs and focuses on inviting our most vulnerable populations such as the elderly, very young, and those with special needs, abilities, and disabilities. Examples of attendees include our older population from a nearby assisted living facility and memory unit (The Windsor), adults with disabilities in our Project Saint program, Special Olympians, youth from the Alachua County Public School Sydney Lanier - https://www.sbac.edu/lanier, the very young from the College "Little School,' & members of the ARC . Hence the full event name - "Run, Walk, or Roll with the Cops." Participants can run, walk or roll along the track with law enforcement officers and public safety members from area agencies. They can get an up-close look at police and fire rescue vehicles, learn important safety tips, and have the opportunity to meet and interact with the members of law enforcement who protect and serve our community. It is not a race and not a competition.
2. Secondly, the event allows the community to see police as allies, not adversaries,in the best spirit of community policing - absolutely critical in this day and age.
3. Lastly this event is done to promote safety, security, health and wellness at Santa Fe College. As a result, the College supports the event and College staff and students also join for this short but exceedingly meaningful event. Partners include but are not limited to College Human Resources who encourage participation as part of health and wellness institution efforts, the University of Florida trauma response program, Alachua 10-42, a law enforcement support organization, Santa Fe College athletic programs and athletes, and local private sponsors providing food and drink, free giveaways, and music.
Testimonials from attendees in past years and reported sometimes via media channels is heartwarming and gratifying. As a result, this event is planned to continue with a target date typically the second week in November each year.