ACPD Hosts 4th Annual Pride with the Police Event

Published on June 04, 2024

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ARLINGTON, Va. – In recognition of Pride Month as well as the invaluable contributions of the LGBTQ+ communities in Arlington, the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD), including members of the LGBTQ+ Liaison Team and the Arlington Restaurant Initiative (ARI), are proud to announce the 4th annual Pride with the Police event at Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant. This informal opportunity gives community members the chance to discuss public safety concerns, ask questions and get to know the police and other County personnel who serve them while enjoying light refreshments and lawn games.

ACPD is committed to providing professional law enforcement services to Arlington’s diverse and inclusive community. Through the development of strong community partnerships, officers work to reduce incidence of crime and improve the overall quality of life in Arlington by making it a place where all people can live safely and without fear. Engagement events such as Pride with the Police provide a unique opportunity to strengthen these partnerships and hear directly from community members.

The 4th annual Pride with the Police event will take place on:

  • Thursday, June 27, 2024
  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant, located at 555 23rd Street S.

Participating Agencies

  • The Arlington County Police Department
  • The Arlington County Fire Department
  • The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office
  • Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management
  • Doorways
  • Safe Space

Arlington Recognized for LGBTQ+ Protections

Arlington received national recognition again from the Human Rights Campaign for its high standards of inclusiveness and protections of LGBTQ+ community members in 2023. Arlington scored 100 points out of 100 on the 12th annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI) for its laws barring discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation, for providing LGBTQ+ protections and transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits for County employees and for its leadership on equality and commitment to ensuring LGBTQ+ constituents are included in service programs.

Arlington earned top scores for its law enforcement efforts, including the reporting of hate crimes and engaging with LGBTQ+ communities in a thoughtful and respectful way. ACPD also earned high remarks for including a LGBTQ+ Liaison Team as part of our ongoing commitment to community policing, a philosophy and practice that seeks to involve everyone in the safety and welfare of our community.

About the LGBTQ+ Liaison Team and the Arlington Restaurant Initiative

LGBTQ+ Liaison Team

The LGBTQ+ Liaison Team is comprised of officers who provide liaison services to the LGBTQ+ communities. The team also serves as a training and advisement resource for the department where LGBTQ+ issues are concerned. Each team member is officially assigned to another component of the department and performs LGBTQ+ Liaison Team functions, in addition to their regularly assigned duties. Contact our LGBTQ+ Liaison Team at ACPDLGBTQ@arlingtonva.us.

Arlington Restaurant Initiative (ARI)

In an effort to increase safety for community members and to provide restaurant owners and staff, as well as special event staff, with resources to maximize their safety and viability, ACPD has partnered with County agencies to establish ARI. The goal of ARI is to raise the standards of restaurants that serve alcohol, streamline processes within the County Government, and maintain Arlington County as a safe destination for nightlife and entertainment. Contact members of the Arlington Restaurant Initiative at arirestaurant@arlingtonva.us or 703-228-1980.

 

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