The Albemarle County Police Department is getting two grants from the state totaling more than $3.4 million.
Of that, $400,000 will go toward crisis intervention teams training and equipment, including 64 new Tasers and a crisis negotiation vehicle.
Another $2.9 million is going to Albemarle, Charlottesville and University of Virginia police for a combined regional training partnership and the construction of an indoor firearms shooting range.Albemarle County Police Department Press Release
The CIT funding is from an asset forfeiture settlement at the federal level, being distributed through the Office of the Attorney General. This money will fund Crisis Intervention Team initiatives. Specifically, the ACPD will use this money to purchase equipment like 64 Tasers and a new crisis negotiation vehicle.
In addition to the equipment, the money will fund training for three officers to attend a Train the Trainer Course in Mental Health First Aid. The new Certified Instructors will then be able to pass on their training and present the 8-hour program throughout Central Virginia for the following two years. The goal is to provide the training to more than 4,000 direct service providers. The Albemarle County Police Department is committed to addressing the mental health needs of our community.
Colonel Sellers, Chief Longo and Chief Gibson will also be accepting a check to fund the regional firearms training facility. The Attorney General's Office is providing funds to Albemarle County, the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia for the regional training partnership. The award totals $2.9 million, covering the construction costs of the proposed indoor facility.
The regional partnership represents a commitment to cross-training exercises. The ultimate goal is to have a better trained police force, leading to a safer community and smarter response reactions. At the indoor facility, officers will be exposed to scenario based training, providing life saving skills.
CIT training and a regional firearms facility remain two of the top priorities for our Department. Colonel Sellers remains committed to his goal of making the ACPD the best trained police department in the State of Virginia. We believe both of these awards will help fund life saving skills and provide a safer community for the citizens of Albemarle County.