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NOVA, Prince William police departments to host “Simulations and Discussion of Citizen-Police Interactions,” Sept. 9

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Northern Virginia Community College’s Police Department and the Prince William County Police Department will host for the second time a community-relations training session, “Safe Passage Home: Simulations and Discussion of Citizen-Police Interactions,” from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 at NOVA-Woodbridge Campus Lakeside Theatre, 2645 College Drive, Woodbridge. The purpose of the informative event is to build and maintain positive relationships and dialogue among citizens and local law enforcement. This event is free and open to the public.

Safe Passage Home: Simulations and Discussion of Citizen-Police Interactions training sessions will include:

  • The Realities of Police-Citizen Interactions
    NOVA Police 
  • Behind the Badge: Getting to Know Your Local Law Enforcement Officers
    Prince William County Police
  • Traffic Stop Simulations
    NOVA Police and PWC Police

Background

The traffic stop is one of the most common interactions people encounter with law enforcement.  Citizens and police officers can have diverging mindsets and assumptions based on the lack of awareness or understanding of each other’s perspectives. Communication issues due to cultural, personal experience and language barriers can also inadvertently impact the interaction between citizens and law enforcement. 

Northern Virginia Community College Police and Prince William County Police Department will provide an in-depth analysis of communication issues through training sessions and live simulations of traffic stops. A moderated question and answer segment will follow at the end of the program. The event is sponsored by NOVA-Woodbridge, Northern Virginia Community College Police, Prince William County Police Department and the Prince William County Public Schools’ Education Foundation SPARK (Supporting Partnerships and Resources for Kids).

Safe Passage Home: Simulations and Discussion of Citizen-Police Interactions will be held in the Lakeside Theatre, located on the first floor of the Seefeldt Building (WS). The event is free and open to the public, however registration is required. Refreshments will be provided. To register please visit, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safe-passage-home-perspectives-on-citizen-police-interactions-tickets-36491452918

 

Media Contact: Kristina Ogburn | 703.503.6338 | kogburn@nvcc.edu

 

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

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