Arlington Restaurant Initiative
About the Program
In an effort to increase safety for citizens and to provide restaurant owners and staff, as well as special event staff, with resources to maximize their safety and viability, the Arlington County Police Department has partnered with County agencies to establish the Arlington Restaurant Initiative (ARI). The goal of ARI is to raise the standards of restaurants that serve alcohol, streamline processes within the County Government and maintain Arlington County as a safe destination for nightlife and entertainment.
Benefits of Participation
ARI was developed to increase the overall safety of customers, businesses and neighborhood residents in areas with nightlife and entertainment. Through a collaborative approach between government agencies and businesses, Arlington County will improve the strategies and standards of establishments serving alcohol while building positive community relations, reducing crime and recognizing responsible businesses.
Accredited Restaurants and Special Event Venues
Restaurants and special event venues that successfully complete the ARI accreditation process demonstrate their commitment to the safety of their patrons and the community. View the list of accredited restaurants and special event venues.
Outreach and Engagement
Arlington County Police and the Fire Marshal’s Office engage with patrons several times a year to increase awareness about drunk driving and alcohol safety. View a recap of recent engagement activities related to alcohol safety.
Resources and Literature
A library of materials, resources and academic studies supporting the program. Read more about the Arlington Restaurant Initiative.
Arlington Restaurant Initiative Toolkit for Law Enforcement Agencies
In 2019, ACPD published "The Arlington Restaurant Initiative: A Nightlife Policing Strategy to Improve Safety and Economic Viability," with the United States Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office. This publication describes ACPD's work to change its policing approach in the popular Clarendon nightlife area from a focus on enforcement to a focus on prevention. Read the full publication.