To foster a healthy dialogue and relationship between residents and law enforcement, Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) Police Department is hosting a training event alongside the Prince William County Police Department.
The free training, called “Safe Passage Home: Perspectives on Citizen-Police Interactions” will be held on March 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the NOVA Woodbridge Campus at 2645 College Drive.
“The traffic stop is one of the most common interactions citizens 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, experiential and language barriers and predispositions can also inadvertently impact the interaction between citizens and law enforcement,” stated a release.
During the event there will be training sessions, live simulations of traffic stops, and a moderated question and answer segment.
The following are the planned training segments:
“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 Prince William County Police
To register for the event, click here.