Butte College has operated a POST Certified Law Enforcement Academy for forty years. Over 5,000 graduates have gone forth, some already having completed stellar careers serving the interest of public safety. Unfortunately, during this period we lost fifteen of our graduates to acts of violence and other tragedies while in the performance of their duties. This is not acceptable. It is our goal at Butte College to do everything possible to provide law enforcement training that keeps people safe and alive.
Towards this end, the construction of a small “Scenario Village” contiguous to our Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) is critically important. This innovative training facility will provide a secure place where our cadets, as well as regional law enforcement personnel, can practice the skills necessary to preserve both personal and public safety. It is our goal to enhance the training opportunities for every law enforcement person who trains at our facility.
I am pleased to report that we have begun this project. Steps taken to date include obtaining College approval for use of land at our EVOC for creating the Scenario Village training facility. Students and instructors in our Heavy Equipment Operator courses have spent hundreds of hours grading the twelve building sites and roadway. Three small buildings have been constructed by students and instructors as part of existing job training programs. So, we have a foundation and a beginning. Now for the hard part… finding funding that will allow us to construct the remaining nine scenario buildings for use as an instrumental in structured setting, as well as sidewalk (concrete), roadway (asphalt) and utilities.
After thirty years as a law enforcement professional, combined with the good fortune to leave active duty with my health relatively intact, I now have the great privilege of helping train our future peace officers and ensuring that active duty peace officers receive outstanding training at Butte College. Linda and I have contributed towards this project and I am asking you to consider this too. Together we can achieve the goal of saving our fellow officer’s lives. I know that economic times are difficult, but I also know that a small tax deduction can be very helpful. So, I am asking you to consider making your tax deductable donation of $100; or, whatever you believe you can do, to support this life saving project.
We are pleased to tell you that the Scenario Village, supporting cadet and in-service officer training as well as safety, is accepting donations through the Annie B’s campaign sponsored by the Annie B’s North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF). By contributing to the Butte College Scenario Village project through Annie B’s, your grant will be supplemented with a percentage matching gift through the NVCF. Simply make your donation between now and September 30. Please make your check payable to Annie B’s/Butte College Foundation and mail it today to:
North Valley Community Foundation
3121 Cohasset Rd., Ste 8
Chico, CA 95973
If you would prefer to send your donation directly to Butte College, please simply make your check payable to the “Butte College Foundation” and indicate Scenario Village in the memo line, and return it to:
Butte College Foundation
3536 Butte Campus Drive
Oroville, CA 95965
Or, if you wish to make your donation directly through Paypal, please indicate Scenario Village in the memo field on the confirmation page while completing your transaction.
Butte College has a well earned reputation for being very careful with money. The same practices that have made Butte College the number one community college district in this state for wise spending and building; will apply to this important project that is currently lacking sufficient funding to proceed. Your help would be most appreciated.
Michael A. Dunbaugh, Dean
Chief of Police, Retired