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Students Ages 8-12: Become Chief for a Day with Winning Essay

Students are asked to submit their entries by July 21.

The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) is hosting a Chief-for-the-Day contest. Patch archive photo
The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) is hosting a Chief-for-the-Day contest. Patch archive photo

The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) is hosting a Chief-for-the-Day contest, and calling for submissions from students ages 8-12 from all Arlington County schools, according to a news release from the county.

Students are being asked to write an essay (maximum one page) answering the question “What does it mean to be a police officer?” The selected student will be picked up at his or her house on August 5, by a patrol car and driven to the ACPD to spend the day involved in fun-filled activities. Submissions will be reviewed by a group of ACPD personnel.

The selected candidate will participate in a swearing-in ceremony, go behind the scenes for a tour of the police station, participate in demos of hands-on police work, and have lunch with Arlington County Police Chief M. Douglas Scott. Students are asked to submit their entries by July 21. Please include name, age, address, phone number, and school.

The winner will be contacted and announced on the ACPD’s website. Your submission authorizes the ACPD to print your name and publish photos as the winning essay contestant. The legal guardian of the chosen student will be required to sign an authorization form.

Please submit entries to: Jessica Grisler, Media Relations/Public Affairs Office: jgrisler@arlingtonva.us


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