Public Safety Block Party

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The Arlington County Public Safety Block Party, hosted by the Arlington County Police Department, Fire Department, Sheriff's Office, and the Office of Public Safety Communications Emergency Management, is a free, family-friendly event that provides community members the opportunity to get to know the men and women who protect and serve Arlington County, while enjoying interactive stations, safety demonstrations, entertainment, food and other summer activities. Visit our Facebook page to view previous photos from the event, which was last held in 2017. Arlington County's public safety personnel are excited to welcome you back to this fun and engaging community event. 

When: Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road) 

In addition to numerous attractions hosted by Arlington County's public safety agencies and our partners, free food and drink options will be provided by restaurants and private companies. Informational tables, hosted by partnering County departments and private organizations, will be distributing information and free promotional materials. Additionally, a raffle will be held periodically throughout the event where community members have the opportunity to win prizes donated by local businesses.  

Indoor Attractions

Behind the Badge

Back by popular demand, the ‘Behind the Badge’ experience allows participants to step into the role of a police officer as they engage in a simulated roll call and experience three live scenarios created by ACPD, two scenarios from the Sheriff’s Office and one scenario from the Emergency Communications Center. Please note that participants must be 18 years or older in order to take part in this experience.


This family-friendly area allows participants to try on uniforms and view equipment that first responders use on a daily basis, learn about fingerprinting, participate in activities such as rock climbing, jump in the moon bounce and play a virtual reality video game. Participants can also receive a complimentary hair cut so that they’re ready for back to school.

Adoptable Pet Station

Come and hang out with some of Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s (AWLA) available pets and learn more about how you can support shelter animals.

Information Tables

Stop by and meet with a variety of Arlington County Government departments and private organizations who will be distributing information and providing free giveaway items.

Outdoor Attractions

Distracted Driver Simulation

Conducted by members of the Virginia State Police, test your focus and learn about the dangerous effects of impaired driving as you navigate a golf cart through this cone course with special goggles to simulate intoxication.

Vehicle Expo

Explore vehicles used by law enforcement, firefighters and partner agencies to ensure public safety! Highlights include law enforcement specialty vehicles, fire trucks, police motorcycles, and even helicopters!

Police K9 Demonstrations

During these live demonstrations, K9 handlers will discuss and showcase some of the capabilities of their loyal canine partners.

Police Motorcycle Demonstrations

Meet some of the ACPD motor officers as they demonstrate the riding skills needed to perform their work.

Additional Attractions

The Block Party is a family-friendly community event! Attendees can expect a live DJ, raffle prizes, moon bounces, food options and much more!

Rain Plan

The rain date for the Public Safety Block Party is Sunday, August 28 at the same time and location.