REACH Partners with Arlington Police Department

Last week, REACH provided a presentation as part of their training with the Arlington Citizen’s Police Academy.  The Arlington Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy is a free, eight-week educational program designed to offer local residents and business owners an opportunity to learn more about the law and about the inner workings of the Arlington Police Department. Some of the topics they cover include: restorative justice programs, cybercrimes, identity theft, Emergency 911 systems, and domestic violence. Participants also have the opportunity for interactive training including a police ride along and simulated scenarios.

REACH Community Engagement Specialist Lauren Montanaro leading the training in Arlington.

Our Community Engagement Specialist, Lauren Montanaro, facilitated the training for 19 community members.  This training provided attendees with an overview of REACH’s definition of domestic violence, various forms of abuse including physical, emotional/verbal/psychological, sexual, financial, and cultural or identity, patterns of abusive relationships, and how to support someone they are concerned about.  Participants also had opportunities to ask questions, many of which focused on what qualifications were necessary for someone to obtain a restraining order, and how to support a survivor who wanted to connect with REACH.

Our prevention program and team of advocates work closely with the Arlington Police Department.  Three years ago, we provided domestic violence training to every officer in the department.  We value our partnership with the Arlington Police Department, and were excited to be invited back again this year to provide training on domestic violence to this year’s Citizen’s Police Academy. 

If you are interested in REACH facilitating a professional training or community conversation for your organization, please contact our Director of Prevention Programs, Jessica Teperow, at jessica@reachma.org.