PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) – Law enforcement and residents of Prince William County gathered for the first “Community Fair,” hosted by the County Police Department on Saturday.
“It started out as a ‘Let’s do a recruiting event’ and it led to, ‘Let’s get the entities out of Prince William County, show the community what their taxpayers’ money is for, and let’s go out and talk to their people. officers here, ”said Officer Dwayne Midthun of the Prince William County Police Department’s recruiting division.
The idea for the fair was created after the police department began participating in the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services’ investment in the community partnership and law enforcement initiative last year.
“The concept was to create a fair specific to Prince William County, which fosters lasting relationships with our diverse community by bringing together members of our law enforcement and citizens in a safe and trusting environment,” said the Chief. Peter Newsham.
A host of county agencies attended the event to speak to residents and provide information about their organizations. Food truck vendors, shows and animal adoptions also took place during the fair.
Midthun says the event is a way to highlight the work of the department, amid difficulties recruiting and retaining police in the region.
“We’ve been doing a community survey for a while and it happens every two years. We ask them, “How is your police department doing?” How’s your fire department? Since doing this, we’ve always had a 96% citizen approval rating, ”said Midthun.
Applications were accepted on-site for those interested in working for police, fire and rescue or public safety communications agencies.
If you would like to learn more about the Prince William County Police Department, visit their website.