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Braddock Supervisor John Cook and McGruff Educate Students about Pedestrian Safety

The visit with students was part of a fall campaign by Cook's office in collaboration with the West Springfield District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department.

Master Police Officer J.T. Frey (right), Braddock District Supervisor John Cook hang out with McGruff the Crime Dog and Burke-area students. Photo Credit: John Cook's office.
Master Police Officer J.T. Frey (right), Braddock District Supervisor John Cook hang out with McGruff the Crime Dog and Burke-area students. Photo Credit: John Cook's office.
Braddock District Supervisor John Cook, Master Police Officer J.T. Frey with the West Springfield District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department had a little help from McGruff the crime dog on Wednesday when they hit the streets to discuss pedestrian safety tips with Burke-area students. 

Cook arranges such visit a few times in the fall around the time kids return to school, according to his office.

The Braddock District is no stranger to pedestrian safety initiatives. Earlier this year, the West Springfield District Station listed pedestrian safety as one of their major areas to focus on in 2013.

Capt. Joe Hill told Patch in February that officers planned to use an educational approach with residents to increase awareness about pedestrian safety and encourage motorists to stay alert when in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.

“We want to get people to stop running across the streets and use the crosswalks, especially near schools,” said Hill.

Tell us, Burke: Do you talk with your kid(s) about pedestrian safety? As a resident, do you find it difficult to safely cross particular intersections when you walk around the neighborhood? What do you think of the walkability of the community?

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