Know Your Rights: Interacting with Law Enforcement

Know Your Rights brochureArlington Public Schools (APS) works in close partnership with the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) throughout the year to help ensure the safety of our students, schools and community. To foster positive relationships between students and law enforcement, each year we provide APS middle and high school students with guidance on interacting with officers and knowing their rights.

The student guide, “Know Your Rights: Your Guide to Interacting with Law Enforcement,” was developed by APS in collaboration with the ACPD and County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (CCPTA).  Key goals are to:

  • Emphasize that law enforcement officials are trusted members of our community;
  • Remind students to remain calm and respectful when interacting with law enforcement;
  • Suggest language that students can use to express their rights; and
  • Provide information regarding searches.

We will share this information with all middle and high school students and staff beginning next Thursday, February 21. This will be offered as an informational course on Canvas. As educators, we want to make sure our students know their 4th and 5th Amendment rights and have all the resources they need to develop positive relationships with all members of the community and become informed, civic-minded members of society.

We hope that this resource will encourage families to engage in conversations about expectations for their student(s) when interacting with law enforcement. Additional resources about juvenile interactions with law enforcement include:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Jeannette Allen, Director of Administrative Services at 703-228-6187 or


Know Your Rights: Your Guide to Interacting with Law Enforcement Flyer

Conocer tus Derechos: Tu Guia para Interactuar con las Autoridades