The Reserve Corp helps to augment the strength of LAPD’s field force, helps to decrease crime, and to provide concerned citizens the opportunity to become directly involved in the service of their community. The Reserve Corp depends on LAPRF to make certain that financial hardship does not get in the way of these goals.
The Reserve Corp allows citizens of Los Angeles to build closer community relations with law enforcement. The reserve officers build rapport within their communities. They have the unique opportunity to be in contact with their fellow "neighbors" both in their day jobs and as peace officers. This gives the citizens of their communities a chance to see these special individuals in different ways. One, as hardworking business employees or even business owners and two, people who want to protect and serve.
Without the hard work of the LAPRF, the reserve officers could not contribute as they do.
I have been a Los Angeles Reserve Corp member, serving as a level III officer for 30 years. Serving the citizens of Los Angeles has been one of my greatest joys.
Having the Reserve Foundation as a resource has been tremendous for the Corp. The help, when needed by an officer, has been a life saver. Sometimes literally.
I have the pleasure of working with the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation on a regular basis. The Reserve Foundation assists with recruitment, training, mentoring and supporting the efforts of Los Angeles Police Department Reserve Corps. The reserve police officers volunteer their time in uniform serving the citizens of Los Angeles. The Reserve Foundation has supported the Reserve Corps for several decades. The Foundation's efforts, support and dedication is greatly appreciated. I am thankful to be a partner in this endeavor.
I am the Treasurer of the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation. I’ve had this position for the last 33 years. I am also an LAPD Reserve Officer, for the last 35 years, and counting. Since I write the checks, I have seen firsthand, the many Reserve Officers we have helped over the years with training grants, equipment grants and financial hardship grants. I must believe in the Foundation and the LAPD Reserve Corps or I wouldn’t still be involved with both. Late last year I was getting rid of my car. Rather than use it as a trade-in on a newer one, or sell it and use the proceeds to help buy a newer one, I donated it to a Charity Auction company. They sold the car and the net proceeds came directly to the Foundation. Yes, I believe in the Foundation and The LAPD Reserve Corps. The entire Board of Directors and its’ Officers are unpaid and donate their time to the Foundation because they care about it.
I am a graduate of the class of 3-82R and still active in the Corps. Over 30+ years I have witnessed many changes in the management of the Corps. Some good and some not so good. The one constant is the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation. Started in December 1983 I have watched it grow and its mission expand beyond its' original purpose, all for the betterment of the Reserve Corps. Many Reserve Officers have benefitted from the support provided by the Foundation, whether it is for training, equipment or financial hardship. Reserve Officers selflessly protect and serve the people of Los Angeles, without pay; due to their desire to give, back to the community they live or work in. The support provided by the Foundation is a small way to repay them for what they give to us all.
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The LAPRF came to my rescue. I am a 31-year Reserve Ofcr, I suffered a stroke a year ago, and I was unable to return to work., my car insurance and property taxes came due. I reacted out and ask the Foundation for financial assistance, last Tuesday and received a check in the mail on Friday. It is really nice the Foundation came to my aid, in a Very Prompt response!
Hello my name is Joe Martinez, I’m a reserve for LAPD.
My regular job is a manufacturing teacher for a high school and an adult school.
I’m married and have three kids, one in college. My wife is a stay at home mom.
The Reserve Foundation is an outstanding organization that has generously given my daughter a 2,500.00 grant that has helped us greatly.
We are very thankful to have a Reserve Foundation there for us.
Wow. What an incredible story this 501 C (3) has. Since 1984, they have been supporting LAPD Reserve Police Officers, who are held to the same standards as full-time officers and donate the hours they serve, on weekends and nights, after working their regular jobs. Proud to donate to this extraordinary cause.
I recently had the opportunity to attend an Advanced Pistol Shooting and Firearms course by a renowned firearms instructor, Larry Vickers. I would like to acknowledge and thank the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation for sponsoring me to attend this course. As a Reserve Police Officer with the LAPD the opportunity to take such training courses by such highly qualified individuals is rare and difficult to come by. The training class covered multiple shooting drills of various distances, speeds, times, movements, and degrees of difficulty. The course helped improve my marksmanship and taught me new training drills to use to continually improve my skills. Thanks, LAPRF for the sponsorship!
In addition to all the various charitable endeavors they help support, this great foundation assists Reserve Officers (volunteers as well) with training costs, without which they might not be able to participate. Much kudos should go to all involved in running and supporting the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation.
The Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation graciously sponsored me to attend the Larry Vickers Advanced Handgun class. As a young LAPD Reserve firearms instructor, this class allowed me to see an outside professional world class instructor/ training style. To see different communication/ facilitation techniques. Allowing me to better hone/ improve my training style for future reserve firearms classes. Thank you.
The Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation (LAPRF) helps support the LAPD Reserve Police Officers the true “Twice-A-Citizen”. In 2014, Los Angeles Police Reserve Corps saved the City of Los Angeles $2,160,971. Over a 12-month period, the Reserve Officers volunteered 46,426 hours and performed a variety of law enforcement related duties including working Patrol and Traffic Units, assisting Detectives with their investigations, as well as in Administrative support functions. The Reserve Corps could not support the citizens of Los Angeles without the LAPD Police Reserve Foundation.
With the help and funding efforts of the LAPRF which include reimbursements for training conference fees, safety equipment and firearms purchases not covered by the Department, as well as support for community events such as Reserve Recruitment, Special Olympics, and Sunshine Kids. They help to provide additional equipment and funds for training that can be essential to officer safety - bullet-proof assault vests to reserve officer members of the Police Rifle Cadre, state-of-the-art flight helmets for reserve pilot/ observers, and equipment for mounted units. Much of this equipment can be prohibitively expensive for any one individual, especially in these challenging economic times, and the funding by the Foundation has been, in this very real sense, a lifeline. The Foundation has also provided travel assistance for reserves representing the LAPD at national and international events. And we have provided bereavement and emergency assistance to reserves and their families.
I am a proud board member of the LAPRF and LAPD Reserve Police Officer who is in eternal gratitude to the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation for all they do.
I have been a Reserve Ofcr. for LAPD for 31 yrs. I have attended CRPOA almost every year. It cost me almost a thousand dollars every time I attend. Your support helps defer this cost. I thank you very much, it means a lot.
The only three members of the LAPD Reserve Foundation that were also on the Sheriff's Foundation Board have recently resigned from the Sheriff's Foundation, but will continue with the LAPD Reserve Foundation because of the dynamic leadership by the Co-Presidents of the LAPD Reserve Board and the active involvement of the LAPD Reserve Foundation Board in helping the LAPD overcome the threat from several elements of our city that cause the current thought that all law enforcement uniformed members have a bulls eye on their back.
I have had the honor to serve on the LAPRF Board since 2009, and for the last three years as Co-President. I continue to be amazed and grateful for the tremendous commitment of our Los Angeles Reserve Police Officers. I wanted to post an excerpt from one of our Presidents' updates to the Corps, which provides insight into our Foundation's mission and activities:
"We continue to ramp up our funding support, especially as our fundraising success increases. An example of funding that is right in our wheelhouse was the purchasing of BDUs (fatigue uniforms) for HWD reserve officers working homeless details. The funding request stated: “This detail is an example of how LAPD reserve police officers can have a real impact on the community in which they work.” The Area initially raised partial funds through the local boosters..."
"In addition, we’re pleased to announce the LAPRF Scholarship Initiative. Active LAPD reserve officers and their children will be eligible for the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation Emeritus Scholarship, giving some financial assistance toward their academic goals. This initiative will join others — recruitment, equipment, training and education — as the Foundation continues to focus on funding needs. You are there for your community and the LAPRF is there for you, especially in cases of financial hardship and your welfare."
Thank you for your time, and for your consideration of our Foundation and mission.
"The Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation originally formed in 1984 to help recognize the exceptional, often unheralded, service of the members of the Corps. The Foundation funded the Annual Reserve Officer of the Year Banquet, a dinner honoring the outstanding reserve officers of that year, a tradition established in the late 1970s.
In the late 1980s, the Foundation began to fund equipment, training and morale-building activities like the Care and Share, the building of the Academy Chapel, the Reserve Picnic and the creation of a welfare fund to assist reserves and in time of need. In the late 1990s the annual Twice A Citizen dinner event was begun, to honor the service of community leaders, highlight the Reserve Corps and its efforts, as well as to raise funds. In 2004 both events were merged into the “Twice A Citizen Awards Dinner”.
Today, the Foundation’s primary mission is to provide financial support for the Reserve Corps. Our Board of Directors includes community leaders and fellow LAPD Reserve Officers and members of the Corps, who meet regularly, to serve those who serve. The funding efforts include reimbursements for training conference fees, safety equipment and firearms purchases not covered by the Department, as well as support for community events such as Reserve Recruitment, Special Olympics, and Sunshine Kids. We have helped to provide additional equipment and funds for training that can be essential to officer safety - bullet-proof assault vests to reserve officer members of the Police Rifle Cadre, state-of-the-art flight helmets for reserve pilot/ observers, and equipment for mounted units. Much of this equipment can be prohibitively expensive for any one individual, especially in these challenging economic times, and the funding by the Foundation has been, in this very real sense, a lifeline. The Foundation has also provided travel assistance for reserves representing the LAPD at national and international events. And we have provided bereavement and emergency assistance to reserves and their families.
Our Los Angeles Reserve Police Officers have quietly, steadfastly, served our great City for a very long time, often putting their lives on the line. It is with this history of service and sacrifice in mind that our goal is to continue to supply, equip, support – and honor – the members of our Los Angeles Police Reserve Corps."
I recently have had the pleasure of working with the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation. These folks are top notch! The time and dedication they have towards their cause is undeniable. They constantly are working hard to reach new citizens to join the Department Reserve Corps. In addition, they work tirelessly to ensure the Reserve Officers get the recognition the deserve. This group is outstanding, and I look forward to working with them again in the future.
As a 33 year volunteer Reserve Patrol Officer with the LAPD, I really appreciate the support of the Los Angeles Police Reserve foundation. After I attended a recent training conference, they quickly sent me financial reimbursement for the conference fee when I sent them my documentation! Thanks for the quick service and support year over year!
CDL1 Reserve officer
We learned about the LAPD Reserve Corps after the passing of actor Barry Jenner (Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Family Matters). In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation.
Barry had been a LAPD Reserve Police Officer for 21 years. While working as an actor in Hollywood, he also volunteered his time, along with his fellow officers, protecting and serving the City, assigned to Hollywood Division.
LAPD Reserve Officers serve their community in many different capacities throughout the LAPD. The LAPD Reserve Corps has been around for 70 years. The Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation supports and helps these incredible men and women.
It is an outstanding non-profit cause.
I have been involved with several non-profits in the past decades. This organization always amazes me on how many volunteers show up when needed. Even without a call they show up as first responders. Volunteering their time and risking their life to help their fellow mankind. And most of the time no appreciation from the community. And they keep returning, year after year.
It keeps getting better and better! The LAPD Reserve Corps. is the finest form of community policing in the nation. With the relationship between the police and the communities they serve in the state they are at this time, there can be no better time than now to get involved. Help solve the problems, become part of the solution---join the LAPD Reserve Corps. LAPDreserve.com. Level 3 classes starting soon. The Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation has been an integral part of the Corps for the last 30 years. The College Scholarship for officers or their children is a nice amenity. The Foundation produced a very sharp PSA staring Shaquille O'Neal. Lots of good work going on. This year's appreciation dinner was spectacular.
The Los Angeles Police Reserve Corp is an indispensable program for the Los Angeles Police Department. The overall benefits to our City are phenomenal. The value of services donated to the City are in the millions, making the Reserve Corp a very valuable resource. Reserve officers augment the strength of the LAPD regular officers by putting more police officers on the streets of Los Angeles, in addition to those already deployed. LAPRF's recruitment initiative is indispensable in keeping the Reserve Corp strong. Reserve officers are very dedicated individuals who do not always receive the recognition they deserve. LAPRF hosts an awards and appreciation dinner to acknowledge the significance of these men and women, who serve voluntarily for the betterment of our communities. Two Reserve officers have also made the ultimate sacrifice by giving up their lives in the performance of their duties to keep the City safe. LAPRF's live fire simulation training initiative helps keep officers safe.
I joined LAPD reserves in 1992, working in LAPD's field jail. While I attended Univ of Southern Cal, I was approached by a Professional Engineer who needed someone to provide mainframe programming and to help him with field support for his automotive collision reconstruction discipline. That was my first taste of trying to methodically undo a mess of mangled metal to find out what happened. Sometimes his services are hired years after the crash, when all that's left to work with are photographs, memories, and a report.
Fast forward to 2003. I transferred to West Traffic Division (WTD), which is responsible, among other duties, to investigate traffic collisions 24/7/365 in a 124-square mile portion of Los Angeles. After WTD provided the 40 hours of POST approved collision investigation (CI) training needed to qualify as a collision investigator, I began investigating West Bureau traffic collisions.
Through the generous assistance of the Reserve Foundation, I continued advancing in the CI field. The Reserve Foundation paid the tuition for me to attend "speed from crush", "auto vs. pedestrian", "auto vs. bicycle", and other advanced CI training, totaling 303 hours. That's over 7 times the minimum training hours required!
Even though I "contribute" time away from my full-time job and "contribute" lodging and meal expenses, the Foundation's continuing generous assistance in covering conference fees allows me to attend the Crash Safety Institute's 5-day collision conference every year.
This conference attracts international attendees and guest speakers, perhaps because the first day features live crash testing. Some of the tests even have live volunteers on-board, donning accelerometers and other instruments strapped to their bodies. Test results from Day 1's live crash testing are analyzed the next 3 days.
I've completed 2500+ collision investigations so far at WTD, ranging from simple hit-and-runs to fatalities. I am one of just six collision reconstructionists at WTD. I am flattered to be asked by officers to opine or review a report they've written.
The Foundation's continuing support is crucial in allowing me to attend reconstruction courses and crash conferences. This pays itself forward; it allows me to stay current, to enhance competency, to offer credible opinions and advice to others and also to conduct higher-level investigations myself.
The ultimate benefactors are the citizens and visitors of Los Angeles, which all reserves have committed to and have sworn to protect and to serve.