James City County Police Department Receives Grant from Williamsburg Community Foundation
Date: August 18, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stephanie Williams-Ortery, Grants Administrator
Phone: (757) 259-5173
James City County Police Department is in receipt of a $1,000 grant from the Williamsburg Community Foundation. Through this grant, the Department will purchase CPR mannequins and related CPR education supplies in order to provide the appropriate training tools to police officers.
All James City County Police Officers are required to obtain and keep the American Heart Association Heartsaver AED certification, which includes CPR training and certification. Approximately eleven AED certification and/or recertification classes are conducted annually within the Police Department; however, prior to receiving this grant, these classes were held with borrowed equipment.
The protection and safety of the public are the fundamental responsibilities of the law enforcement mission. The rendering of medical aid required of law enforcement officers is greatly reduced by the arrival on scene of medical professionals with far greater training, availability, and response times that can provide a higher level of medical care than law enforcement is capable of; however, it is often law enforcement that arrives on scene first. It is imperative, for the safety of the public, that law enforcement have the ability to immediately take action with an injured patient or victim, as opposed to, standing by and waiting for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to arrive. The Heartsaver AED certification gives Officers this capability. We see this, directly, as part of our mission.
The Department is appreciative of the continued support of local organizations like the Williamsburg Community Foundation. During a time when Public Safety Departments are facing budget constraints throughout the Country, we are grateful for the support of these local organizations. In addition, we commend the members of the Foundation for their dedication to the community.