CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - When martial arts and law enforcement cross paths, it can lead to an unexpected and rewarding outcome. That's proving true for some Albemarle County police officers.

The Albemarle County Police Foundation is celebrating a successful first year partnering with Charlottesville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. So far, 27 officers have learned new skills and made new bonds.

Officer Timothy Carrico says the program has been a great way to form new relationships with the community.

"The community engagement aspect of it being able to come in and interact with members of the community in a safe space where we all can train together and get to know each other on a more personal level," Carrico said.

The Albemarle County Police Foundation says they will continue to fund this program and see it expanding in the future with more officers taking part.