ARLINGTON — Chief Julie Flaherty is please to share that the department will be hosting a “Peace and Pumpkins” pumpkin decorating event as part of this year’s National Faith & Blue Weekend.
Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon
Outdoors at the St. Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church, 4 Appleton St.
The event, hosted in partnership with St. Athanasius The Great Greek Orthodox Church is part of National Faith & Blue Weekend, an initiative which aims to facilitate safer and stronger communities by engaging law enforcement officers and local residents through the connections of houses of worship.
Children will be provided a mini pumpkin as well as googly eyes and paint to decorate their pumpkin. Arlington Police cruisers and the newly wrapped-in-pink police cruiser will also be present for a touch-a-truck opportunity.
“We are grateful to the St. Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church for partnering with us for this event,” Chief Flaherty said. “Arlington is fortunate to have a strong and diverse faith community, and we look forward to participating in the Faith & Blue Weekend this year. Events like this help foster connections between our officers and residents, and the positive relationships that are created can go a long way in enhancing the safety and wellbeing of our community.”
This event is free to attend, however registration is required to ensure enough pumpkins and decorating supplies are available. Click here to register.
About National Faith & Blue Weekend (NFBW):
National Faith & Blue Weekend (NFBW) is a collaborative initiative that builds bridges and breaks down biases through activities and outreach amongst law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve. It is based on the premise that strong communities are built on mutual respect, trust and understanding. Law enforcement entities and faith-based groups are key pillars of a local community, and when they work together, neighborhoods thrive.
NFBW is an expansion of the One Congregation One Precinct initiative (OneCOP), a program of MovementForward, Inc. which is a bridge-building, solutions-focused human & civil rights organization based in Atlanta, Georgia. NFBW organizers represent every major national law enforcement group and faith tradition in the United States of America. The effort is being co-convened by MovementForward, Inc.’s OneCOP initiative and the USDOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and is the most collaborative police-community engagement project in recent history. NFBW is sponsored by FirstNet Built with AT&T along with the Motorola Solutions Foundation and Wrap Technologies.