STAND T.A.L.L. is a project of the Sentinel Patriot Club, a North Carolina 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to raise awareness of the importance of good communications and relationships between law enforcement and members of the community, particularly our youth in underprivileged areas.
The funds we raise support various youth educational efforts such as tuition grants for college students entering a career in law enforcement through the Basic Law Enforcement Training class at the Criminal Justice Department of Blue Ridge Community College, to mentoring organizations like Camplify and S.T.A.R. Camp. Our financial support helps with the overhead of bringing police officers in as counselors on their own time, and helps defray costs for sports equipment, T-shirts, meals and events. These officers teach civics, good citizenship, and serve as role models, showing children the positive effects of mutual respect. These efforts lead to building bridges of better communications within the community now and in the future.
Funds raised are also donated to area law enforcement for educational advancement of active duty law enforcement that is not part of the department budgets. These training funds include classes at Billy Graham’s The Cove, dealing with couples’ stress management, recertification training for skills needed within the departments, and advanced classes for career officers dealing with the changing face of criminal activities such as human trafficking and the opioid epidemic.
Unrestricted funds may be provided by STAND T.A.L.L. to law enforcement for equipment replacement or replenishment requested by the departments as long as the requested item is not provided for in their community budgets, like our recent K-9 Grant to local law enforcement for protective dog vests and the acquisition of a new K-9 puppy for training.