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One of the most common interactions citizens have with law enforcement officers is the traffic stop. Citizens and police often have diverging mindsets and assumptions during these situations. For instance, citizens may wonder if they are being profiled; they may view the stop as a personal affront or as an inconvenience; they may feel embarrassed; and may be worried about court costs and higher insurance rates.
The law enforcement officer, on the other hand, is largely concerned with safety: that of the driver and his or her own. Because it’s a possibility for officers to suffer life-threatening injuries or even death while conducting traffic stops, they are understandably cautious upon approaching a vehicle.
Lack of awareness or understanding of each other’s perspective; communication issues due to cultural experiential and language differences; and predispositions, both on the part of the officer and the citizen, can inadvertently cause a citizen-police interaction to deteriorate.
During Safe Passage Home, we will analyze and discuss these issues; act out traffic stops to explain what, how, and why police do what they do; and answer citizen questions and address concerns to bring a better understanding between citizens and police officers.
Registration Required: email@example.com
Event takes place at NVCC Woodbridge Campus, WS Building Lakeside Theater