In the wake of killings in Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas, many of us are searching for ways to both support our law enforcement officers and ensure our own communities are places of justice as well as safety. Here in Arlington, I believe the community outpouring of support for the men and women who serve in the ACPD uniform reflects a level of trust that the Department has worked hard to establish.
In my time serving on the Board, I've watched our officers and community leaders seek to build the relationships that break down bias and misunderstanding, from the Crime Solvers program to the annual Gang Prevention Task Force Soccer Tournament. And learned how our Department leadership is commitment to the policy steps, like Crisis Intervention Training, implicit bias training and a Community Advisory Council, that can deescalate violence while protecting public safety.
Now, during such difficult times for law enforcement nationally, it's meaningful to see so many Arlingtonians share their support and thanks for our law enforcement team. On August 27th at Kenmore Middle School from 9 am to 4 pm, you can join officers at the annual ACPD Community Block Party, both to learn more about community policing and show your support.
Other updates for the month of July:
Transit Development Plan. Among the reasons I ran for County Board was my belief that Columbia Pike needed a strong advocate for a post-streetcar transportation plan. And although my colleagues and I had the opportunity to vote for a terrific ten-year Countywide Transit Development Plan yesterday, representing years of hard work and data analysis by our talented staff, I continue to believe we need more than just service enhancements on the Pike.
That's why I was proud to have shepherded through, to a 5-0 vote among my colleagues, guidance to pursue a more transformative vision. This guidance will allow us to continue the conversation about how transit can enable the Pike to realize its potential.
Meatless Mondays. On a lighter note, I'm pleased to be joining the Humane Society in promoting veggie Mondays, this week (and every week). Join me and Arlington's Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy in embracing delicious meat-free meal options next week at restaurants around Arlington, as I celebrate the Meatless Monday initiative that helps improve our health and lighten our environmental footprint.
As always, you can follow our work on the County Board and around the community on Facebook (@katiecristolforarlington) and Twitter (@kcristol).
P.s. A warm thanks to all who attended and participated in the First Annual Great Arlington Bake-Off on July 1st. We had great turn-out and some truly spectacular entries. Read about the event in the Sun Gazette.