Police Partner with Unified Prevention Coalition on "Striving for a Healthier Way" Youth Conference; April 13
Fairfax County Police Department
Public Information Office
4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Va. 22030
703-246-2253. TTY 703-204-2264. Fax 703-246-4253
April 2, 2013
Police Partner with Unified Prevention Coalition on
“Striving for a Healthier Way” Youth Conference; April 13
Fairfax County Police staff will engage middle school-aged students and their parents in the upcoming “Striving for a Healthier Way” Prevention Conference Saturday, April 13 at Falls Church High School. Organized by the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC), the meeting promotes healthy alternatives for youth to manage stress and to deter use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The community dialogue is open to all those interested in learning more about drug and alcohol prevention and diversion programs in Fairfax County.
“The Fairfax County Police Department is a vital partner with the Unified Prevention Coalition in working to prevent alcohol and other drug use during these transition years by supporting healthy teen growth,” said UPC Executive Director Diane Eckert. “Our police officers truly care for the safety and well-being of our youth.”
Leading workshops for middle school students will be Nancy Burke, the department’s athletic trainer, and Lucy Caldwell of the Public Information Office. Burke is nationally recognized and was recently inducted into the 2013 Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. She will conduct a “Stay Fit” session. Caldwell, a long-time communicator in the field of public safety, will lead a hands-on workshop that will focus on writing and how these skills may morph into a career.
Captain Bruce Ferguson, Commander of the Community Resources Division, and narcotics detective Sgt. James Cox of the Criminal Investigations Division will explain and address the current state of illicit drugs in Fairfax County today. Joining them will be Inova Fairfax Hospital’s Dr. William Hauda. School Resource Officer (SRO) at Jeb Stuart High School PFC Mario Colorado and the SRO for Irving Middle School PFC Sung Lee will lead similar workshops in Spanish and Korean, respectively.
One of the conference highlights will be PFC Brian Bowers and his narcotics K-9 Buster. They will demonstrate FCPD K-9 narcotics training capabilities throughout the morning. Canine teams work regular uniform patrol in their assigned district and respond to a variety of calls.
The conference also will feature an Ideas and Resource Fair, sharing information from community organizations and businesses. The event is partially funded by Virginia ABC and federal SAMHSA grants.
The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County is a nonprofit organization with more than 50 community partners working together to keep youth and young adults safe and drug-free.