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Program brings police, community together


August 17, 2016 | View PDF

Arlington police officers will be stopping by local businesses to have informal conversations with the public in a new program called Conversations with Cops.

“This is a chance for local businesses to invite a police officer into their business and bring the community in and ask questions,” said Arlington Police Chief Jonathan Ventura.

The next meeting is on Aug. 17, at 6:30 p.m., at A Path to Avalon, located at 437 N. Olympic Ave., Suite D.

The meeting after that will be on Aug. 25, at 2:30 p.m., at the Stilly Diner, located at 223 N. Olympic Ave.

The program sponsored by the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce and the Arlington Police Department in a new effort to help connect police officers to the public’s concerns.

Ventura said that the program is a continuation of the All-In campaign, which attempts to engage the public in getting involved with crime prevention in their communities.

The meetings are intended to help the public get to know some of the street-level officers in their neighborhoods.

“It’s a good chance to come out and meet the cops who actually work the road,” said Ventura.

The 30-minute stops will be helpful because there is no message or script for the officers to deliver, he said.

“This is just an officer stopping, getting out of the car and you can talk about football, you can talk about how fast you can go without getting a ticket or whatever you want to talk about,” said Ventura.

The Conversations with Cops meetings are short, Ventura said, but he hopes they will be frequent and regular around town.

“Thirty minutes isn’t enough time but we’re going to try and do one once a week, so if you can’t come to one then you can come to another,” he said.

He thanked local businesses for working with the police department with the new program.

“It’s a great honor for us to be invited into their business as their guest and to interact with the public and have those conversations,” he said.

For more information or to schedule a time to host a Conversations with Cops, you can e-mail


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