"We worked together during a time period where we were looking for a different approach to manage harm from one of our key business communities. The relationship-based approach, thoughtfulness, and most importantly ability to build partnership in collaboration with all parties was instrumental in creating a lasting legacy. Within a very short time all parties were brought together and created an approach that was beneficial to the affected business community, the county government, public safety, and the surrounding residential community. If you are looking to be better than yesterday, I highly recommend their approach to problem solving to help you understand your strengths and achieve the desired results."
Chief of Police, City of Hopewell, VA
"In both my past and current role as a board member and now Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Action Partner we are always seeking innovative solutions that enhance community health and safety. The work that Proactive Alliance does in the development of a relationship-based policing approach can be a conduit for law enforcement agencies seeking to bridge the gap between the law enforcement profession and the communities we serve."
Executive Director, Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP)
"During my tenure as chief of the Arlington County Police Department, we used a relationship-based approach developed by Molly Mastoras, MA, LPC and implemented by Master Police Officer (Ret.) Dimitrios Mastoras as the foundation for the nationally recognized Arlington Restaurant Initiative (ARI). This methodology developed into the Proactive Alliance relationship-based approach. This approach helped officers and county staff learn how to develop individual relationships and build trust with the community and businesses. ARI is a multi-agency, voluntary accreditation model to improve Arlington's nightlife areas' safety and economic viability. I would strongly recommend Proactive Alliance relationship-based policing to any agency looking to improve trust and collaboration among stakeholders to address long-standing issues in their community."
M. Jay Farr
Chief of Police (Ret.), Arlington County, VA
"We are excited to support Safe Night, as they provide guidance to the hospitality industry and municipalities to improve safety and vibrancy. We know the Proactive Alliance relationship-based approach, which is the foundation for the nationally recognized Arlington Restaurant Initiative can help many other cities."
Senior Vice President, Responsibility Initiatives, The Foundation For Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
"We built a relationship and you can't put a price tag on that. It's all about getting to know the people you are meant to serve and protect. I firmly believe if all police officers took the time to go to the community and get to know the people, it would make it a lot easier."
Head of Security, DT Arlington, VA
"City and county leaders should evaluate and implement the strategies they have employed to create positive change for their night life venues."
Darrin T. Grondel Ed.D.
Vice President of Traffic Safety and Government Relations, The Foundation For Advancing Alcohol Responsibility