Officers provide immediate assistance to ensure the situation they have been called for is stable before leaving the scene. However, many officers have the desire to help families and individuals beyond the official police call. Angels on Patrol gives police officers that opportunity. The result is supplemental support for the communities they serve.
Angels on Patrol moves families from crisis to stability by providing basic needs, such as groceries, clothing, help with utility payments, rental assistance, and unexpected funeral services. What differentiates Angels on Patrol from other organizations providing basic needs services is the lack of a waiting list. Once an officer determines a individual or family would benefit from AoP services, that officer completes an online application. A staff person responds within 2 business hours to the officer, securing information necessary to complete the application. Staff then contact the family or individual to arrange coordination of services. Once services are complete, clients and officers complete a quality satisfaction survey at 3-6 months post-referral to assess status of family life improvements, and ensure the family or individual has followed through on accessing community resources for long term help and case management.
This program has two components. The first component involves School Resource Officers who identify students who are at risk for gang involvement, substance abuse, poor academic achievement, families facing financial hardship, and/or truancy. These at risk behaviors or risk factors are addressed during Youth Enrichment Program activities in a safe and productive environment away from negative influences, while providing mentors as role models. Those role models assist the program participants in working through circumstances, activities, and case scenarios, with a focus on enabling success and achievement. Other program activities include exposure to social and educational experiences, a physical fitness program that teaches and reinforces non-violent conflict resolution through teamwork and communication skills, and engages parents and extended family members (when appropriate and productive) in the program where their input and ideas are welcomed and valued. The second component of the Youth Enrichment Program provides the funds for students, who would not otherwise have the resources, to attend extra-curricular activities. Those activities may include student government trips to Washington DC, band performances at Disneyland, or choir trips to major out of town performances. A majority of the students served attend Title 1 schools.
"I am honored to have been chosen as Glendale's "Angel of the Year," but the true "Angels" are the individuals who are a part of this organization. They have assisted me and many other officers on numerous occasions. Officers cannot do this job alone... When we all work together and we have the support of the communities and businesses there isn't anything we can't accomplish... That is Community Policing at its best.....
Thank you Angels on Patrol for being there when we call!!!
Sgt. Jeff Turney, PhD
Glendale Police Department
2016 Angel of the Year for Glendale PD
"I wanted to take this time to say thank you. Angels on Patrol helped me during a tough time in my life and has been a huge inspiration to me. I am still planning on giving back when I am able to. I wouldn't be where I am today if I had not gotten the help when I needed it. You have forever changed not only my life, but my son's as well. I can't wait to pay it forward. Thank you. Thank you. I will never forget what you guys did for me. Ever."