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Saturday, July 18th ACPD Safety & Community Awareness Event, 9am-4pm at Kenmore Middle School.

posted Jun 19, 2015, 9:48 AM by Lilly Mancilla
The Arlington County Police Department’s Third District Team will be hosting the 2015 ACPD Safety and Community Awareness Event on Saturday July 18, 2015 at Kenmore Middle School from 9am – 4pm.
The three main activities at the event are the VIN Etching, the Distracted Driving Simulator, and 15 Minutes Behind the Badge.  There will also be FREE food and beverages, a moon bounce, and K9 demonstration.  
VIN Etching is a procedure where the unique vehicle identification number (VIN) on your vehicle is etched into all of the vehicle's windows through a chemical process.  This discourages car theft because to sell a stolen car, the thief generally will have to swap or alter the VIN.  The additional cost of replacing all the windows is a deterrent since it is easier for the thief to just move on and steal a different car.  Virginia State Police will be providing this service free of charge.  Anybody who gets their vehicle etched will receive a free carwash at Dave's Carwash for that vehicle.
Distracted Driving Simulator is another event run by the Virginia State Police.  Participants will have a chance to experience the difficulty of driving while impaired/distracted by the use of special goggles and/or engaging in additional activities while driving a golf cart through a cone course.
15 Minutes Behind the Badge is a brand new scenario-based event being designed by ACPD.  Participants in this event will attend a mini Police Academy and a roll call.  They will then be dispatched on a call, accompanied by a Field Training Officer (FTO), and will have a chance to experience a police/citizen interaction from the police side.  The participant will get to wear a ballistic vest and utility belt and will have equipment including a police radio and simulated weapons.  The FTO will discuss the situation afterward with the participant to learn their mindset and explain what a trained police officer may have observed or done differently.
Additional Activities will be a K-9 demonstration, a moon bounce for kids, and free food/drinks provided by Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, Coca-Cola, and Wegmans.  We are very excited about this event and hope to get a good turnout.