The Foothill-De Anza Police Department is dedicated to building campus and community partnerships with students, faculty, staff, and those that visit our college campuses.
Our programs are designed to encourage conversation, education, trust, participation and allow opportunities for engagement with officers, CSO’s and dispatchers. Overall crime prevention is best achieved by partnerships with the campus, community, and the police department. Here are some of our upcoming outreach programs from Foothill-De Anza Police Department:
Coffee With a Cop
- Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at Foothill (location TBA)
- Thursday, October 20, 2022 at De Anza (location TBA)
Building relationships. One cup at a time. Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other. The event is designed to bridge the gap between community and law enforcement, and encourage communication and positive interactions between police officers and the public.
Dates: Summer/Fall 2022 TBA; Wednesday or Thursday, once a month rotating between campus locations during Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter sessions.
Game Night (or a Game Day) community outreach program is hosted by Foothill De Anza CCD Police Department for DRC & DSPS staff and students at Foothill and De Anza colleges. The game night program invites special populations from our college community to engage in an all-inclusive, positive environment with uniformed police officers for fun, lighthearted activities that will help to build trust, mutual respect, and long-term collaborative partnerships. Game activities will be simple in nature. Some examples are:
• Checkers • Tic Tac Toe • Bingo • Corn hole • Battleship • Candy Land • Kickball • Creative activities • Crayons, coloring books
Know Your Rights
In this panel discussion, we invite legal experts and attorneys with FHDAPD to explore and describe various laws and what they require, understanding rights and responsibilities, and offer strategies for handling law enforcement interactions and encounters, while emphasizing learning and understanding on key issues.
Neighboring Agency Outreach
Dates: April 22, 2022
At Foothill De Anza Police Department, we welcome opportunities from neighboring agencies to support in their community outreach efforts. FHDAPD officers will be joining Mountain View Police Department Police Activities League (PAL) officers for their Youth Extravaganza event on Friday, April 22nd from 4 -7:30pm at Rengstorff Park. This carnival-style event will be promoting health and mental wellness for youth of all ages. There will be prizes for participation, with a picnic meal provided for everyone. The event is free for local Mountain View youth and families.
Shop with a Cop
Dates: Winter Holidays 2022, Annually TBA
Each year, Chief Acosta and our officers help to support and partner with our local Shop with a Cop nonprofit organization to provide hundreds of students a holiday shopping spree along with local south Bay Area police officers. For many of the children, this special opportunity becomes one of the only holiday experiences they will have. Shop with a Cop fosters continued mutual respect between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Through building trust in the community and changing the narrative, children see police officers through a different lens. These capacity-building programs also help at-risk youth achieve their fullest potential.
Community Town Hall Forum
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 2 - 4pm at De Anza Conference Room A/B
We are excited to welcome FHDA college community stakeholders to a town hall-style meeting forum. These forums can bring simple to complex issues open for discussion, address various concerns, and create a great opportunity for the police department to share important information. Town hall forums can build dialogue and trust between the community and police department, build and maintain partnerships, and continuous working relationships. We welcome college community groups and members the opportunity to learn about our latest projects, programs, ask questions, give feedback, and stay informed. Town Hall Forum meeting breakdown:
- Frequency; once per quarter
- Moderator or Facilitator present
- One topic at a time