NOVA-Woodbridge hosts police interaction conference


NOVA-Woodbridge is hosting a training conference aimed at making traffic stops and other interactions with police safer for everyone.

Noting that the traffic stop is one of the most common interactions citizens have with law enforcement, the conference will address the “diverging mindsets and assumptions based on the lack of awareness or understanding of each other’s perspectives” among police and citizens. In a news release, NOVA said that, “Communication issues due to cultural, experiential and language barriers and predispositions can also inadvertently impact the interaction between citizens and law enforcement.”

The conference — “Safe Passage Home: Perspectives on Citizen-Police Interactions” — is being sponsored by the Northern Virginia Community College’s Police Department and the Prince William County Police Department. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at NOVA-Woodbridge Campus Lakeside Theatre, 2645 College Drive, Woodbridge. This event is free and open to the general public.

Safe Passage Home: Perspectives on 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


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 Education Foundation for Prince William County Public Schools (SPARK) Supporting Partnerships and Resources for Kids.

Safe Passage Home: Perspectives on 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. To register please visit



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