FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — In an effort to improve interactions between the police and the public during traffic stops, the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association has launched a new program dubbed Breaking Barriers.
The Breaking Barriers program includes the artwork shown above.
Working with civil rights organizations and youth from across Connecticut, the slogan and artwork were developed as the association develops the curriculum for this program.
Police in Connecticut conduct over 700,000 motor vehicle stops each year. It is by far the most likely encounter that the public might have with a police officers.
The association hopes that by working with driver’s education and community-based programs, police officers across Connecticut will become a part of the learning process for new drivers. They will teach drivers what to expect during a traffic stop.
The police and the public can work together to ensure that all motor vehicle stops are as safe and comfortable for all involved as possible, the association said.
The association will remind officers that while a traffic stop might be their fifth of the day, it might be the first time a motorist has ever been pulled over.
The association is reminding motorists that although traffic stops are something that police officers do with great frequency, they can also be an extremely dangerous task.
Remember, a police officer has no way of knowing who they are approaching during a traffic stop — mutual respect and understanding is key to safety for everyone, the association said.
Artwork for the contest was submitted by Connecticut students ages 14 to 18. The winners of the contest came from Ansonia and West Haven.
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