The L.A. Police reserve foundation is an invaluable resource to reserve officers who are volunteer police officers. The Foundation provides training and uniform equipment for reserves like myself, which would otherwise be cost prohibitive. They provided uniforms during the Covid crisis which helped make the job of reserve officers much so easier.
Being a reserve officer is strictly voluntary and requires a lot of personal time and monetary commitment. The Foundation has been able to help offset some of those expenses and needs. Their efforts are appreciated by so many of us.
The Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation is an excellent organization that is always looking for ways to help us reserve officers. Their latest project was to get us BDU uniforms to keep us safe during this Covid Pandemic. Thank you so much LAPRF for all you do!
As a Los Angeles Reserve Police Officer, I have experienced first hand, the excellent support for Reserves from the Foundation. With their support, they provide Reserves with equipment we use in the field on a daily basis. They also fund training at times that as specifically convenient for Reserve Officers with full time jobs.
Probably most importantly, they have helped create an environment in the department with full time and reserve officers working hand in hand as equals.
The Foundation truly serves the beneficiaries it was established to serve, the Reserve Officers (who are all volunteers) of the LAPD, by providing educational stipends for state-mandated training, assistance with the purchase of much-needed safety equipment, as well as responds to any calls for "Reserve Officer Needs Assistance". The Reserve Officers of the LAPD are the unsung heroes of the City of LA, providing additional front line and behind the line services and support to all communities within the City, at no cost to the taxpayers, donating their time and services. Knowing that the Foundation is there to meet the unmet needs of Reserve Officers provides those Reserve Officers with peace of mind, thus allowing them to carry forth their duties without unnecessary concerns. In these time of calling for additional training of officers, the Foundation provides reimbursement for these trainings so that these officers are current on their mandated training and are then better able to serve the community. The Foundation runs a tight, transparent organization with little resources, and prioritizes direct services to the Reserve Officers.
This nonprofit helps fund equipment for Los Angeles Police Reserve Officers.
These officers donate their time to the City of Los Angeles, and act as a force multiplier in the detection and suppression of crime in the city.
It is an organization worthy of your donations, especially if you live in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation has been an amazing organization in my decade-plus long career. They've offered financial reimbursement for equipment and training conferences; most recently they covered the cost of BDU uniforms that can be washed at home (instead of needing dry cleaning) to support reserve officers who worked through the COVID pandemic. In addition they work with department leadership to make sure the reserves get all the required training, often organizing training on Saturdays. They're a huge asset to us.
The Foundation provides such great support to the Reserve program. I most recently so appreciated their assistance in providing reimbursements for BDU uniforms authorized during COVID. Allowing us to continue to provide hours to the department safely during the pandemic. Thank you!
Receiving much needed resources to help Reserve Police Officers fulfill a very critical role in public safety is so incredibly meaningful. These resources equip volunteer Police Officers who answer the call for service with life saving equipment and resources. It takes a special person these days to serve as a Police Officer let alone those who volunteer to fulfill that same responsibility. These are trying times with many competing yet worthy causes. Yet the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation remains a cause equally worthy of consideration.
So grateful to the Foundation, for all the training, support, programs, and help to our families. If not for LAPRF, would feel very solitary.
Looking forward to the Memorial event and Twice a Citizen (I like to listen to Tim on KFI on the way home).
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
The Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation (LAPRF) is an organization that is a shining example of how a group of folks can help their community. From top to bottom, this foundation is comprised of selfless individuals from all over the community that are of heart and mind, who give their time to this nonprofit organization. Our family was blessed by being helped by LAPRF in the way of a scholarship for our child’s college tuition. The Foundation recognized all the hard work our child had done for themselves and the community. They were thoughtful, genuinely interested, welcoming, open minded, and in-touch with the whole community. We are grateful for LAPRF, a place where all are welcome.
The LAPRF has offered my family and myself help when we most needed it. 2020 was a struggle for everyone, but during this time my fathers business really took a hard hit during the pandemic. My father was on the verge of losing his business, and as a son you never want to see that. After doing my part and looking at several avenues for help, LAPRF stepped in and helped. They made myself and my family feel as tho anything we needed they could assist with. they went above and beyond in our time of need. I am forever grateful to this organization.
It has been my honor to serve as Co-President, along with Karla Ahmanson, as we support those who protect and serve. On behalf of our Board of Directors, here is a summary of the current funding initiatives of the LAPRF.
• Twice A Citizen/Reserve Officer of the Year Gala
LAPRF sponsors the annual dinner honoring the Reserve Police Officers the Year and members of the Reserve Corps. The gala also serves as a fundraising event, recognizing “Twice A Citizen” community leaders.
• Training and Education
LAPRF provides funds for training opportunities that are otherwise not funded by the City or the Department, for example, partial reimbursements for the Annual Reserve Peace Officer Convention by CRPOA and PORAC training. During the pandemic most of this training has been on hold. Currently, the next ARPOC is scheduled in August 2021.
LAPRF researches and provides media opportunities to increase both interest in, ad awareness of, the LAPD reserve program. LAPRF creates and manages the production of PSA radio spots and billboard type advertising. The Foundation identifies and coordinates opportunities to recruit at in person events, and creates and executes social media campaigns for recruitment. We coordinate with Department staff and reserve mentors at orientation events.
• Newsletter and Social Media Sites
LAPRF sponsors The Rotator newsletter, maintains LAPD Reserve social media accounts and laprf.org
The most recent example of this has been the BDU initiative, providing up to a reimbursement for the utility uniform the Department has authorized during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of this writing, 68 officers have received the grant.
LAPRF will review requests to help subsidize reserve officers with financial hardships, the costs of their equipment not otherwise provided by the Department
The Foundation reimburses recently discharged military veterans for equipment reserve recruit officers must acquire for Academy training.
We will consider other specific requests on a case by case basis
• Special Task Forces
The LAPRF considers limited financial assistance towards the creation of specialized Reserve Units authorized by the Department.
• LAPRF College Scholarships
For several years now, the LAPRF has awarded annual college scholarships for LAPD reserve officers or their children.
• Legal Defense Plan Reimbursement
For several years now, the LAPRF has partially reimbursed LAPD reserve officers for the Legal Defense Plan offered through the Los Angeles Police Protective League. In 2020, 53 reserve officers received the subsidy.
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.
Want to thank those who made it possible for me to get a BDU uniform. I have purchased many uniforms over the last 40 years, but this was special in that the Foundation paid for it otherwise I would have had to continue using my regular uniforms. This was a great help in that I could wash it between shifts instead of getting my regular uniform cleaned. That saved me a lot of expense. Thank you.
This is a wonderful charity. They have been very helpful in helping reserve officers get needed equipment for the field.
I have donated 500.00 in the past, and hope to do so again in the future.
I am so grateful for the Police Reserve foundation. I am a reserve after having been a full time sworn officer for 30 years. I actually started my law enforcement career in 1980 has a reserve for Culver City and then joined LAPD, full time. The Police Reserve Foundation has always ensured that reserves were afforded opportunities, including training, equipment and uniforms, career and volunteer opportunities and more. They have ensured the professionalism of the corps and has helped create an environment where the reserve corps thrives and is eager to work and support the organization. The Foundation really pays attention to the needs of the reserves, who volunteer their time and in some extremely precarious and dangerous situations. They are always ahead of the game, i.e. providing reimbursement for BDU uniforms as soon as they were approved and even reimbursing insurance and myriad other items the reserve corps needs. Thank you for everything including the communication, support, coordination, and supplies. Proud to still be part of the LAPD Reserve Corps. Jeri Weinstein
They are an incredibly pro-active foundation that decisively identifies issues to reach out and truly help Reserve Officers. They make us feel appreciated and well taken care of.
This charity has been instrumental in providing vital support to the mission of the Reserve/ volunteer police officers of Los Angeles. From providing life saving body armor to training classes, The Los Angeles police reserve foundation makes a world of difference!
I was a receiver of a scholarship. I was so honored. The application process was not difficult and would do again
The Foundation provides valuable financial support to LAPD Officers & recruits for needed equipment.. Furthermore, the foundation keep the Reserve Corp well informed about current events.. Well run.
Im a 22 year sworn LAPD Officer and founded the LosAngelesPoliceCadetScholarshipFoundation.org. In my career, I’ve had the chance to work with several LAPD Reserve officers. They truly are amazing. As one of our former chiefs said... they are twice the citizen. I quickly learned that they care for the city of LA and just doing their part to make it a batter place for citizens.
During my 36 years of service with the LAPD as a Level 1 Line Reserve Officer, the Foundation has always supported me in many ways. One of the ways is helping defray costs for training conferences every year!
Supporting the foundation helps to support long time volunteer Officers that supplement the regular Officer Cadre - saving the City of Los Angeles thousands of dollars every year!
Consider making a donation to the Police Reserve Foundation a part of your yearly giving!
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
The foundation has been very helpful in supporting myself and other reserves in making sure we have the right equipment and support even when the department is unable to fully support us. Thank you for always being there to support us.
Your organization has been exceptionally supportive of the LAPD Reserves all these years. I cannot thank you enough!
I have been a member of the LAPD for over 50 years. I first began as a full-time officer and retired after 33 years. I remained as a Level 1 Reserve officer upon my retirement and remain a Level One reserve officer today. I appreciate the support and assistance we receive from the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation. They are always there to provide assistance, when necessary. Our work is appreciated by the full-time personnel and we all enjoy "Protecting and Serving" the people of Los Angeles.
I reached out to the LAPD for assistance. The officer that responded was a reserve officer though I didn't know that at the time or even know what one was. I could not believe what these selfless heros do. I wanted to give back and found the reserve foundation. LAPRF provides critically needed support to these unsung heros.
The LAPRF is a outstanding generous non-profit organization that provides support to Reserve Police Officers in need of financial assistance, reimbursement for training and advancement of reserve officers as well as scholarship assistance. The foundation has greatly helped me pursue my academic and professional career by granting me a scholarship for school and they are always there to support if anything is needed as a Reserve Police Officer.
The LAPD Reserve Foundation has exceeded my expectations in terms of how far they will go to assist the community and residents. . This foundation has time and time again showed and voiced its support for not only LAPD officers and their families, but also for members of the community. Working with fellow LAPD officials and the city of Los Angeles, this foundation has helped to keep police officers properly equipped, trained, and prepared year after year, no matter the situation. The reserve foundation has also made an everlasting impact on members of the community as they assist with certain major events such as the Special Olympics and spending time with the Sunshine kids. Their mission to help the residents and community truly goes above and beyond. I can personally attest to the generosity of the LAPD Reserve Foundation as they awarded me, as well as several other college students, with a $2500 scholarship to assist us with paying for our college tuition. I have the upmost respect for this foundation and feel their value to the community is unmatched.
The Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation is an outstanding non profit organization that supports law enforcement personnel, particularly Reserve Police Officers. As a Reserve Police Officer and graduate student, the foundation has helped me pursue my academic and career endeavors as an aspiring social worker. I am incredibly grateful for their support - their dedication in providing assistance to public service has not only encouraged me as a professional, but has contributed to my mission in helping those in need.
The LAPRF has contributed has been extremely generous in in providing support to reserve officers that are in need of financial assistance, scholarship, legal assistance, and reimbursement for training and educational advancement for reserve police officers. The city isn't able to cover many of these expenses that falls on the shoulders of reserve officers who are volunteering their time to serve in law enforcement.
I hope other non-profits can use the LAPRF as a model for generating successful outcomes for its members.
As a LAPD Reserve Officer I'm grateful the LAPD Reserve Foundation to subsidizes the annual Legal Defense Plan cost for LAPD Reserve Officers. The Legal Defense Plan provides us with a layer of protection and representation that is essential in this line of work. The subsidy helps LADP Reserve Officers who volunteer their time to cover the actual costs that is incurred as part of this unpaid volunteer work and greatly appreciated!
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!
The Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation (LAPRF) is a non-profit organization that promotes excellence in the LAPD and helps to improve public safety and partnerships in our community.
One of the continuing trends in government is the use of public-private partnerships (PPP). The LAPD Reserve program and the work done by the LAPRF is perhaps the best example in Los Angeles a true partnership between the public and private sector.
The LAPRF provides critical resources and vital support to LAPD Reserve Police Officers. From essential equipment and state-of-the-art technology to specialized training and innovative programs that would otherwise be unfunded, the funding the LAPRF provides directly improves public safety, impacts reserve officer’s readiness, and enhances our quality of life in the community.
The LAPRF serves as a vehicle for tax-exempt gifts and grants from individuals, businesses, and philanthropies. The foundation works closely with the Police Chief to develop a strategic program agenda. It takes the support of everyone to allow LAPD Reserve Officers to continue to be guardians of our community.
Please join me in supporting the LAPD Reserve Foundation.
Our experience working with LAPRF has been fantastic! The Foundation & the LAPD serve as a model for great partnerships, both public as well as private. We at JNP Merchandising have witnessed this collaboration working to its fullest potential. We have seen how the participation of LAPRF has enhanced the recruiting efforts of The LAPD Reserve Corps. among many other efforts with positive results!
Los Angeles Police Reserve Officers have many "out of pocket" expenses. The Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation is very helpful in supporting the reimbursement of the Legal Defense Plan. This allows many of us to be included in an important legal benefit.
Reserve Officers donate their time and energies to the City of Los Angeles and it’s residents. They are not compensated and often bear the financial burden of serving themselves.
The LAPRF is a fantastic organization dedicated to helping Reserve Officers cover the unexpected costs of serving. Specialized training and equipment can cost thousands of dollars and the Foundation is there to help when no one else can.
Most recently, and perhaps most importantly, the Foundation covered part of the cost for a Reserve Officers to obtain critical legal services through the Legal Defense Plan offered by the Police Protective League. Without this coverage Reserve Officers would have to pay for legal defense out of their own pockets when serving the City turns to suffering the consequences.
If you’re considering a donation to the Foundation I can assure you that the money is thoughtfully controlled and well spent. I know because I’m a Reserve Officer and a donor and I’ve seen the good work the Foundadtion has done. I have donated for many years as part of the payroll deduction plan at my work and I also purchase through Amazon Smile with the Foundation listed as my charity.
Please, join the team today.
The reserve Foundation provides strategic and tactical support to the men and women of the LAPD Reserve Corps. Strategic in that they provide a long term vision for the needs of the reserve officers and their families, tactical in that they provide funding for urgent equipment and training needs. This year a last minute opportunity arose to send a team of motor officers to Washington DC to support the Police Unity Tour and the National Police Week, both of these events honor the lives of fallen officers. The foundation stepped up and funded the transporttion of the motorcycles and other expenses, making participation in these important event possible.
In the year of 2016, I decided to join the LAPD RESERVE Unit. I had just completed my A.A degree and by being only 19 years old, I was not able to apply as a full time officer. In the meantime, I still was motivated to be involved with LAPD, but also contribute towards my community. Luckily, I was informed about LAPD Reserves. I must say this is one of my proudest moments. Graduating the Reserve academy and being able to volunteer within my community is inspiring. I am able to volunteer in multiple ways and meet many amazing people who share the passion on being twice a citizen in their communities. As a full-time college student and worker, I tend to be busy, but I promised myself to always give back time in the Reserve unit. As a level three reserve, I have been able to receive many support from other Reserve officers and the foundation's representatives. I was honored this year to receive a scholarship through the LAPD Reserve Foundation. I attended the Reserve Gala and was granted such award. I will forever be grateful. This foundation always recognizes all of their volunteers hard work and truly values everyone involved. They truly are welcoming and will always find ways to come together on developing ideas that benefit the community. They are very supportive, which is what I value the most.
LAPRF is such an important organization to support Reserve LAPD officers, who in turn are essentially volunteering their time (and putting themselves in harms way as well) to serve the greater community. LAPRF has consistently supported getting equipment, training, and resources that would normally cost reserves out of their own pocket, or cost the tax payers. As a reserve, I'm grateful for their support.
The Foundation and the funds raised, are vital to ensuring that Reserve Police Officers are equipped with the resources needed to effectively serve. Reserve Officers give so much of their time and talents along with making tremendous sacrifices to serve, that alleviating any additional financial burden is extraordinarily valuable. Thank you to the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation, its friends and supporters for contributing to our worthy cause!
No better place to donate than the LAPRF. This is a great organization that helps protect its reserve officers that protect your streets for free. As the department is strained on its resources, the reserve program is the silent backbone which often goes unnoticed. Thanks for reaching out.
Although I did not receive the full scholarship, obtaining the partial was very nice of them to do. They didn't have to but they did and I I really appreciate that. Great organization!
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.
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 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.
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.
LAPRF's governance, sense of responsibly and the services it provides makes it one of the most outstanding nonprofits in the region.
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I am a longtime board member of the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation and proudly work along with other caring board members to assist the devoted men and women who serve our community as reserve police officers. These selfless people work shoulder to shoulder with paid, full-time police officers to protect and serve the citizens of Los Angeles. They do this, at times risking their lives, for essentially no pay. We celebrate them every year as “Twice a Citizen” — an individual who goes beyond their civic duty, for the good of us all.
When I tell friends and family about our purpose, they are surprised, impressed and thankful for the Reserve Corps. I am grateful also. And for that reason, I donate time, money and resources through the Reserve Foundation to help reserve officers do their jobs more safely with additional training and the purchase of equipment, and to help relieve some of the burden from them and their families.
Please look into the good work of the LAPD Reserve Program, and I hope you decide to make a donation to this very worthy cause.
I am a third generation resident of Los Angeles.Like all major cities ours has challenges for Law Enforcement agencies.Funding and staffing of our Police force is among the the biggest need.I was introduced to the LAPD Reserve Foundation to help support the the activities of the large Reserve Force which is such a key and crucial support to our LAPD.Los Angeles has a severe lack of numbers of Officers to police a city of our size.The Foundation raises money to augment the expenses of the Reserve Force a dedicated corp of Volunters and retired Officers.Its a great organization and we have a terrific set of concerned citizens helping to help this needed group of dedicated Law Enforcement Professionals.I am honored to be involved.
The Los Angeles Police Reseve Foundation is a unique and valuable resource that is a great source for supporting those that support our city and the LAPD. Many of our reserves have spent countless hours serving on the mean streets of LA but also setting up and carrying out various programs that have been of great benefit to the citizens. From specialized training to becoming certified police instructors and taking part in crime suppression units and even joining motor officers, our reserves do it all and at little or no reimbursement for their services. Recently after serving over 3 decades as an officer, I personally ran into perfect storm of medical and financial issues. After several months of trying to weather the storm, the Foundation stepped up and provided much needed assistance. This is just one way that our Foundation has assisted with the various needs of our selfless reserves both as a group and individually. I wish to acknowledge and thank them for their kindness and generosity on my behalf.
I have been a reserve police officer for 21 years and have seen first hand the great support from the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation. For 20 years the Foundation has supported our reserve officer's annual visit to the Oncology Ward at Children's Hospital Los Angeles during the Christmas Holiday and the Foundation has supported our community related events such as Special Olympics and the Sunshine Kids for the last 10 years. All events great for the morale of our reserve corps and great community events.
The reserve program is an excellent method for concerned citizens to assume an even more active role in their communities. Over the last decade as community policing has become more important, advocates of reform have increasingly looked toward reserve programs as part of reform efforts. The Los Angeles Police Reserve Corps. is one of the finest in the country. Part of the reason is the financial support of the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation. Recruitment, training courses, training expenses, hardship assistance, equipment purchases and morale events are just some of what LAPRF does to help support the Reserve Corps.
I had the extraordinary experience of meeting a Los Angeles Police Reserve Officer. This person works full time for a bank and has a family, yet he volunteers his time to keep the streets of Los Angeles safe. What was even more astonishing, was finding out that a reserve police officer has EXACTLY the same training and EXACTLY the same requirements as a full time police officer. How incredible that someone volunteers to do this job? Because they are primarily citizens, reserve officers are effective spokespersons in the neighborhoods for the support of law enforcement. Their presence within LAPD provides the regular officers with an insight into all segments of the city's population. An important component in today's law enforcement environment. When I asked how I could help this program, where so many men and women selflessly dedicate themselves to this responsibility, (well, join up was the first response!), I was directed to this wonderful foundation. Wow, another amazing group of people! The pride all of the officers and foundation directors take in their invaluable contributions to the safety of the citizens of our community is certainly justifiable. Their selfless dedication to duty epitomizes the concept of community based policing. On a daily basis they live up to their motto: :To be a Reserve is to be Twice a Citizen"!!!
I was very surprised to learn that, at any given time, that the LAPD Officer who comes to your aid may be a Reserve Officer, and you are unlikely to know -- so indistinguishable is their professionalism. And this has been going on since 1947. And they are not doing it for the money - they are doing it because it is in their heart, to protect and to serve our community.
I cannot imagine a better cause to support. These men and women go "above and beyond" for the City of Los Angeles. The least we can do, in my opinion, is to support and honor them.