AC4P Policing Initiative
The Ponce Inlet Police Department is one of only a handful of law enforcement agencies in the nation to take part in a grassroots effort that began on a college campus and has evolved into an international “pay it forward” movement.
The movement first developed in the aftermath of the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech Tragedy, when student leaders and a VT professor initiated a cultural shift on campus – the Actively Caring for People Movement. Two thousand green actively caring wristbands were distributed across the Virginia Tech campus to individuals performing acts of caring with instructions to pay it forward. By passing on the wristband when a person observed someone else performing an act of kindness, it reinforced positive behavior, building the Virginia Tech community from its damaged aftermath.
What is AC4P Policing?
AC4P stands for “Actively Caring for People.” This process has been researched, implemented, and proven successful in various settings across our country and the world, from industry to educational and community settings. AC4P Policing brings this process to police officers around the country.
AC4P Policing hopes to bridge the divide between the community and law enforcement by training officers to deliver positive consequences in ways that help to cultivate interpersonal trust and actively caring behavior among police officers and the citizens they are hired to serve.
When a Ponce Inlet Police Officer observes a citizen actively caring for people in the community, the officer will provide the citizen with a uniquely serialized blue AC4P wristband to immediately recognize the citizen for their act of caring within the Town of Ponce Inlet. The officer will also document the reason the citizen was recognized and this act of caring will be shared through the Department’s various social media programs.
The Ponce Inlet Police Department then encourages each AC4P wristband recipient to “pay it forward” and transfer the wristband to another citizen whom a recipient witnesses actively caring for people in the community. To ensure that each original recipient of an AC4P wristband from the Ponce Inlet Police Department does not go without a wristband for their initial act of caring, the Department will provide a free replacement wristband to any recipient who “pays it forward.”
If the Ponce Inlet Police Department decides to share your story through our social media programs, we will only share your story and we will not release any of the contact information you voluntarily provide to us.
AC4P Wristband Replacement
The Ponce Inlet Police Department encourages AC4P wristband recipients to "pay it forward" by recognizing others for actively caring for people. To receive a free replacement AC4P wristband from the Ponce Inlet Police Department, you MUST provide a valid email address for a representative to contact you in order to provide you with a replacement AC4P wristband.