Saturday, October 23, 2021
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sully at Bull Run Elementary School, 15301 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA 20121
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
At the Franconia Police Station, 6121 Franconia Rd Alexandria, VA 22310
In West Springfield at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 6942 Sydenstricker Rd, Springfield Va 22152
In Reston at Dogwood Elementary School, 12300 Glade Dr, Reston VA 20191
In McLean at George Marshall High School, Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043 (Traffic Stops only)
At the Mason Police Station, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003 (Traffic Stops only)
At the Fair Oaks Police Station, 12300 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22033 (Traffic Stops only)
In the Mt. Vernon district at Walt Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parkers Ln, Alexandria, VA 22306 (Traffic Stops only)
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Years of data tell us that people with disabilities are more likely to encounter law enforcement than typically developing peers, and more likely to struggle to navigate that interaction. We’re here to help you get ready for any police interactions so you feel safer and readier, and to give officers a chance to learn directly from people with disabilities and their families.
The Arc of Northern Virginia is partnering again with the Fairfax County Police Department and the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management to offer an opportunity for people with disabilities and their loved ones to practice emergency situations. For this event, participants can engage in a practice police stop with real officers AND/OR a practice subject stop.
For the practice traffic stops, the person with a disability can be the driver or passenger. The vehicle will be pulled over (or can just park and get into the car) in a parking lot. Officers will approach the car and run a practice stop. You can also have an officer in the car with you to help you navigate the stop.
For the practice subject stops, the person with a disability can practice any (or all) of the following- pretend to ask an officer for help, pretend an officer is approaching them to ask questions, pretending to approach an officer just to start a conversation. People can ask anything they want and practice as many times as they want.
Look to see that the location where you’re signing up has either traffic stops, subject stops, or both based upon what you’d like to practice. All events are 10/23/21 from 3-5 PM, other than the Sully Station stop which is 10/23/21 from 11 AM-1 PM. Have questions before you sign up? Email Lucy.Beadnell@TheArcofNOVA.org and we’re happy to help you.
Note that this event is open to anyone with any disability or general anxiety about police interactions, regardless of where they live.