At Ultimate Excursions, we are pleased to give back to our local community whenever possible.
This year, we are pleased to once again donate to the Bedford Police Department. As one of Bedford’s finest organizations, the Bedford Police Department goes above and beyond the call of duty to proactively improve the lives of citizens while they protect and serve businesses, families and individuals.
Bedford, Texas is in Tarrant County, and thrives at the heart of the greater Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan area, where it offers its citizens the warm welcome of small town life with all the conveniences of modern city living. In this suburban city of just over 45,000 residents, the Bedford Police Department maintains a force of 80 officers and 56 civilian personnel to police the community. In addition, the department operates programs that help victims of crime and educates citizens on how to protect their homes and neighborhoods.
To address the growing needs of victims of domestic violence, the Bedford Police Department created the Repeat Victims Unit (RVU) in 2012. This vital program seeks to address the root causes of repeat domestic violence in the community and offers education, specialized support and community resources to break the cycle of violence and offer a helping hand toward recovery. The RVU also works closely with Tarrant County Mental Health to help find effective treatment and preventative measures to address the adversities experienced by those persons with untreated or undiagnosed mental illness. Together, the RVU and Tarrant County Mental Health coordinate community resources, counseling services through local mental health treatment centers to facilitate a speedy and healthy recover for individuals receiving services and their families. Through the RVU, officers are trained to recognize the symptoms of mental illness so they are better able to handle potentially perilous situations safely and confidently. This valuable partnership, as well as the involvement of other victim advocacy groups helps the Bedford Police Department in its efforts to work toward a future without violence.
To foster a sense of community and promote citizen involvement, the Bedford Police Department offers the popular Citizen Police Academy. The free, 12-week course gives participants a better sense of how the Bedford Police Department operates and encourages a proactive approach to community safety. Upon completion of the course, participants are offered the opportunity to join the Bedford Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association where they are able to engage in organizing activities and events to support the Bedford Police Department. Additionally, those who complete the Citizens Police Academy also have the option to join the Citizens on Patrol program to further serve the community and aid the efforts of the Bedford Police Department.
These valuable programs and other events and activities are sponsored in part from donations provided by Ultimate Excursions and others in the community. We are proud to have been able to support this great organization by funding this year’s Annual Awards Banquet which hosted over 200 employees, guests and city dignitaries. Ultimate Excursions would like to thank the many men and women who put their lives on the line each day for the safety of their community members, and will continue to offer our support to these organizations for years to come.