Annual Report | 2017 was another great year at Code 3. Together with our donors, partners and supporters, we reached more than 10,615 individuals, including 3,000 youth and children in at-risk communities as well as 10 regional police departments. We also advanced our work in our three focused areas: addressing the national opioid epidemic, advocating on behalf of the needs of first responders severely injured in the line of duty and bringing cops and citizens together through impactful community outreach activities.
We would like to extend a special thanks to the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation for their continued support. We are also forever grateful to the men and women in uniform who risk their lives daily to ensure the safety and vitality of our communities, and for the cooperation and partnership of the local residents they serve.
Through the expansion of our signature Cops & Celebrities in Schools program, Code 3 is creating even more opportunities for celebrities to engage K-12 school-aged children in conversations about the role of local law enforcement in public safety. Last year, we had the honor of hosting several retired Redskins players including Joshua Symonette, Tre Johnson, and Brian Mitchell in three partner schools in Metropolitan DC. Altogether, the program reached 200 students and their families.
Each year, overdoses of heroin and opiates (such as oxycontin), kill more drug users than AIDS, hepatitis or homicide. To aid police and first responders in responding to this crisis, Code 3 has donated 500 medical kits containing the life-saving drug naxalone (also known as narcan kits), which reduces the effects of overdose. These kits are helpful not only in saving the lives of civilians, but also police who come into contact with deadly fentanyl.
This year, we’ve helped hundreds of students at Hutchison Elementary and their families, not only through our curriculum, but also through our annual coat drive and holiday dinner. The best part is that our program is having a measurable impact on students. A recent survey showed that the number of students who liked the police more than doubled as a result of the program, while the number of students who reported being scared of police decreased dramatically.