Garner Police Department--2017 Annual Report June 2018 - Page 10

The Garner Police Department has long been a strong supporter of Special Olympics-North Carolina. in their journey through life toward the goal of maturity and good citizenship. Garner PAAL allows our youth the opportunity to engage with and be mentored by police officers, creating a positive relationship while also reinforcing the responsible values and attitudes instilled in the young people by their families. During 2017, PAAL was hosted twice per month by officers and volunteers between the six elementary and two middle schools. Learn more at Special Olympics Fundraising Officer Judy Benitez serves as the Special Olympics Coordinator for the Garner Police Department. Raising money for Special Olympics has a long-standing tradition in law enforcement locally and nationally. The Garner Police Department participates in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, Cops on Top, and other fundraisers at various restaurants to support Special Olympics of North Carolina. Garner officers raised over $13,353 for Special Olympics in 2017. Schools and Community Organized to Read (SCOR) Schools and Community Organized to Read (SCOR) is a locally developed reading buddy program sponsored by the Garner Educational Foundation to support Garner’s elementary 10 schools. SCOR serves primarily second-graders who can benefit from additional assistance to improve their reading skills. Numerous police officers, civilian staff, and community members volunteered each week at several elementary schools. Achievement Academy Previously referred to as, “Challenge Camp,” the Garner Achievement Academy was originally developed by our School Resource Officer (SRO) and DARE Officer in 1994. The program has evolved from a two-week session to one week and is aimed at students in our two middle schools. Students are selected by school counselors, school resource officers, and police officers who volunteer with PAAL, and selections are based on socioeconomic background and the student’s discipline record. Approximately 15 students participate in the Achievement Academy for one week each summer. Shop with a Cop Since 2003, the Garner Police Department has partnered with TT&E Iron and Metal, Inc. and other area businesses to provide a Christmas party and shopping opportunity to Garner area families who might not otherwise have a Christmas. In 2017, this program helped 11 families and over 40 children. GARNER POLICE DEPARTMENT 2017 ANNUAL REPORT