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NOVA-Woodbridge to host panel on healthy police-community relations

A panel discussion will be held in the Lakeside Theatre of Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus, 15200 Neabsco Mills Road, Woodbridge, to examine how local law enforcement can engage citizens in positive approaches to community problem-solving. The event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The topic, “Healthy Police-Community Relations within a Human Rights Framework,” will focus on the five best practices that foster community and promote the dignity of human life.

Panelist include the following local state and government officials:

  • Detective Leandro Pena, Prince William County Police Department
  • James Peal, Coordinator, Prince William County Restorative Justice Program
  • George Fachner, Collaborative Reform Specialist/Community - Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office/U.S. Department of Justice
  • Noor Mir, Field Researcher/Organizer, Amnesty International USA
  • Dora Muhammad, Founder, The AWARE Project (Advocacy for Women's Activism, Rights and Empowerment)

The panel discussion is in conjunction with the works of artist and author Dora Muhammad’s photographic exhibit, “Respect for Life,” on display through Oct. 2 in the Atrium Gallery at NOVA-Woodbridge. Muhammad said the purpose of the event is to enhance the rich diversity of the student body of NOVA-Woodbridge which is reflective of the Prince William County population.

By using local, regional and national frameworks, the panelist conversation aims to:

  • Raise awareness of the Prince William County Police Department as a leading model of best practices.
  • Reinforce bridges of communication, respect and trust between the community and police.
  • Share relevant information on the latest research, policies, programs and advocacy initiatives.
  • Cultivate greater community understanding and investment in local public safety measures.

“Healthy Police-Community Relations within a Human Rights Framework,” will have limited seating availability. A moderated question and answer segment will follow at the end of the program. The event is free and open to the public, however registration is required. To register please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healthy-police-community-relations-within-a-human-rights-framework-panel-discussion-tickets-18478827671.

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



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.