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Supporting Officers' Wellness: Police Foundation Launch In Oxnard

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Our law enforcement officers are often at the front line of traumatic events, and a new Foundation – set up by Oxnard Police Department, aims to support officers’ wellbeing, as well as improve community relations. 

The non-profit has been established to provide wellness support to officers, as well as to bridge gaps in supporting community events.

A group of community members have come together with the Oxnard Police Department to form the Oxnard Police Community Foundation (OPCF). 

The OPCF will support critical programs that are not funded by the City of Oxnard, such as community engagement events and peer support following traumatic work-related incidents. 

Oxnard’s Chief of Police Jason Benites says ultimately it helps to increase public safety.

He told KCLU, "By promoting community partnerships that strengthens the police community relationship - that in turn creates additional communication, which lends toward building trust. 

"When he have a dynamic like that in a community," he said, "that makes a safer community because people are more likely to interact with the police."

Benites said," The other part of this is that if our officers' well-being is tended to, they're better officers. That lends towards them doing a better job." 

Policing through community engagement and partnerships is one of the ways the Oxnard Police Department is helping to reduce crime while making lasting connections between law enforcement and the public.

Many communities across the country are forming non-profit foundations to bridge funding gaps and assist law enforcement in acquiring the tools not covered in the regular budget.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award this year, and also won two further first place awards, for Lifestyle Feature and Personality Profile/Interview. Last year, Caroline won first place for Use Of Sound. She also won two Golden Mike Awards this year, for Best News Reporting and Best Entertainment Reporting, as well as a National Arts & Entertainment Award from LA Press Club for One-on-One interview. Caroline started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and she was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and is both an American and British citizen. Caroline lives in Agoura Hills with her daughter - her proudest production.
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