We are excited to announce that the Bloomsburg Police Department is joining the list of Arconic Foundation recipients!
From 2008 – 2022, Arconic Foundation has provided over 1.8 million dollars to nonprofit and community organizations in and around the Bloomsburg area that focus on enhancing education, promoting environmental sustainability, and advancing social equity. The Bloomsburg Police Department was awarded a $33,000 grant through Arconic Foundation to implement ICAT (Integrating Communications, Assessment and Tactics) training for all officers in Bloomsburg and surrounding areas. ICAT was developed by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to provide officers with the mindset, skills, and abilities to effectively defuse volatile incidents in a crisis situation. Chief Scott Price with the Bloomsburg Police Department applied for the grant within his first five months of employment. The Town is grateful to have Chief Price on board with his background and the network connections he brings to the department that serves the community. The results of ICAT were empirically validated by Dr. Robin Engle, University of Cincinnati Research Institute, in a stepped wedge research analysis in Louisville (Louisville Metro Police) which demonstrated significant reductions in officer injuries, citizen injuries and complaints.
Bruce Schlichter, Plant Manager at the local Kawneer site, is originally from Bloomsburg. The site produces aluminum storefronts and entrance doors/frames that service commercial and retail customers as well as hospitals, and schools. The Bloomsburg plant produces about 90,000 doors/frames on an annual basis serving mainly the Unites States. Kawneer is part of Arconic Corporation that operates 21 manufacturing sites throughout the world. “Arconic is built on an extraordinary heritage of innovation that began with the founding of Alcoa in 1888.” https://www.arconic.com/history/.
Thanks to Arconic Foundation that we are able to offer this cutting-edge training to law enforcement partners throughout Columbia and Montour Counties by hosting “train-the-trainer” sessions in July 2022. A big thanks to Chief Leo Sokoloski, Bloomsburg University Police, for his support in coordinating an on-campus venue suitable for the training! As Bruce mentioned, it is wonderful to be investing in the local community and have local agencies work together. Thank you, Arconic Foundation!