Criminals constantly update their skills and tools, and so should we. However, the costs to stay current are staggering and are often beyond the means of the City’s existing budget. Additional funding will allow NNPF to continue providing new and upgraded tools, enabling officers to perform at the highest level.
“Canon Virginia’s camera donation to the Newport News Police Department honors all law enforcement officers for their dedication and service to our city,” said Toru Nishizawa, President and CEO of Canon Virginia, Inc. “We are very proud to call the Virginia Peninsula home for more than 26 years and giving back to the community is a top priority for us. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing our contributions and involvement with the Newport News Police Department will contribute to keeping our employees and community safe.”
Cameras for Cops
The safety of our community is everybody’s priority. From businesses to citizens, we need your help! NNPF needs your generous donation to use to purchase cameras that will protect both officers and our citizens.
Axon Taser Body-Worn Cameras
Canon Virginia Camera & Surveillance Equipment
Canon, Inc. offered to donate cameras and lenses valued at approximately $69,000 to the Police Department. The equipment includes 350 Powershot cameras, 20 Rebel T3 cameras, 10 telephoto zoom lenses and one video camera.
Remember this scenario: It was a beautiful, sunny day in Boston on April 15, 2013 with hundreds of marathoners and thousands upon thousands of Bostonians and out-of-state visitors cheering on the novice, veteran and even professional runners as they near the finish line. Within just a few minutes of each other, two unexpected, life-changing events occurred. This date is memorialized as the Boston Marathon Bombing. The day when two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three bystanders, one a child, and wounding 260 others, many with life threatening injuries. News broadcasts showed the widespread hysteria but also how “hero citizens” ripped apart their own clothes to make tourniquets for victims with severed limbs and bandages for others with broken bones and deep cuts.
The City of Boston has since invested heavily to provide police officers with proper field trauma training and well-stocked trauma kits. Police departments nationwide have followed suit and now many news articles and broadcasts detail how police have been using trauma kits to save lives. Since the Boston Marathon Bombing, organizers for events, especially ones of this caliber, must now “prepare for the worst.” However, limited city budgets mean Newport News Police still rely on fire and EMT personnel for trauma care.
The Newport News Police Foundation established the Police Trauma Kit Initiative because of scenarios such as these. Please help us fund this important initiative to equip and train every officer in the Newport News, City of Hampton, Christopher Newport University, Patrick Henry Mall and Newport News Shipyard police departments with a trauma kit to help us make Hampton Roads a safer place to live, work and play.