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Loudoun Crime Commission

Loudoun Crime Commission The Loudoun Crime Commission is a non-profit, charitable, membership organization, open to any concerned citizen, local business, educational institution.

Visit us at www.loudouncrimecommission.org We believe that "Fighting crime is every citizens business!" We have made this our motto. The Commission plays a special role within the Loudoun County community by supporting law enforcement and other organizations with anti-crime initiatives through its community based support. This support includes enhancing direct communications between citizens and l

Visit us at www.loudouncrimecommission.org We believe that "Fighting crime is every citizens business!" We have made this our motto. The Commission plays a special role within the Loudoun County community by supporting law enforcement and other organizations with anti-crime initiatives through its community based support. This support includes enhancing direct communications between citizens and l

Operating as usual

05/04/2022

Thank you to VA Revolution Sportsplex for inviting us to your Kids ‘N Cars event.

Deputy First Class Thomas, a Community Resource Officer with the Dulles South Station, had a great time talking with the kiddos.

#LCSO #inthecommunity

05/03/2022

#Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman was honored to be a guest presenter today at the United States Naval Academy.

He was invited by Political Science professor Andrew Miller, PhD, to teach a class on the current state of law enforcement and how international organized crime is being addressed.

04/29/2022

SRO Andrade enjoyed watching her former Harper Park Middle School_Official student John participate in the Heritage High School Unified Pride Track Meet this week! John did a great job at the meet!

Loudoun County Public Schools
National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO)

Photos from Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's post
04/27/2022

Photos from Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's post

Photos from Jason Miyares's post
04/26/2022

Photos from Jason Miyares's post

04/26/2022

Put on your 👟👟 and Join Team #LCSO to help raise money for Special Olympics Virginia!

Join Team LCSO for the 2022 Special Olympics Virginia Torch Run. This year’s Torch Run will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at 10 am at the John Champe High School Stadium. You can register to participate, purchase a t-shirt, and/or donate money to Special Olympics by going to https://www.specialolympicsva.org/2022-torch-run
1. Select the register button
2. Select “run with us”
3. Select “join a team”
4. Select “Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office”
5. When filling out the registration, in the section for the LETR Region – type “1”

The registration fee is $25 and includes a t-shirt. All proceeds go directly to the Virginia Special Olympics.

For more information please contact Rachel Burnett at [email protected] or Lindsay Sayre at [email protected]

04/26/2022

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for Coffee With a Cop!

Join your neighbors & police officers for coffee and conversation on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 from 9am to 11am at Weird Brothers Coffee ​(1601 Village Market Blvd SE #122).

No agenda, no speeches, and no PowerPoint presentation. Just coffee and a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know officers in your community.

Come with questions. We'll have answers and coffee!

Photos from Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's post
04/26/2022

Photos from Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's post

Photos from Purcellville Police Department's post
04/25/2022

Photos from Purcellville Police Department's post

04/25/2022

Leesburg Police Officers Honored at the 2022 Loudoun Chamber Valor Awards

Leesburg, VA (April 25, 2022) – Congratulations to Officer Jorge Castro and Officer Kyle Wagner for receiving Certificates of Valor and to Officer Austin Kallmayer, Officer Heather Maupin, former Officer Eric Zuzzi, former Officer Matthew Connell, and former Officer Allison Rawlings for receiving Unit Citations at the 37th annual Loudoun Chamber Valor Awards this afternoon. Additionally, congratulations to all of those awarded today! The Valor Awards recognize public safety professionals and civilians for their heroic efforts to save lives, despite their own personal risk.

Certificate of Valor:

On December 12, 2021, the Leesburg Police Department’s Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received an emergency phone call from the Loudoun Behavioral Health Facility (LAMPS) at Inova Cornwall Hospital in reference to an out-of-control patient.

Hospital staff relayed that a man was suffering from a psychotic episode and had armed himself with a weapon. It was additionally learned that the security officers and staff were unsuccessful in controlling the man as he had overturned a computerized diagnostics station and was actively punching holes in the wall, inflicting significant damage to the facility.

After arriving on the scene, Officer Kyle Wagner and Officer Jorge Castro quickly navigated the hallways of the hospital and accessed the behavioral health facility where the subject had trapped himself in a locked hallway corridor. Upon entering the corridor, the team of officers encountered the man that had armed himself with a piece of stainless-steel handrail with protruding screws that he had torn from the wall.

In response, Officer Wagner unholstered his Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) and placed it alongside his leg as he calmly approached the man and requested that he put his weapon down. In response, the man began advancing on Officer Wagner requesting to be shot and stating that he wanted to die.

To further continue his efforts in deescalating the tense situation, Officer Wagner continued speaking calmy with the man to establish a rapport while advancing towards him to close the distance in case the need to deploy his CEW arose.

As Officer Wagner closed the distance, the man eventually stopped and responded to Officer Wagner’s emphatic and reassuring message by suddenly throwing his weapon to the hospital floor. In response, Officer Castro quickly jumped into action and handcuffed the man while Officer Wagner maintained cover with his CEW.

As a result of their quick and calm response, recognition of the signs of a person experiencing an emotional crisis, their dedication to the deployment of crisis intervention de-escalation techniques, a tragic outcome was avoided. The man was able to be safely detained without the use of significant force and provided much needed mental health assistance.

Unit Citation:

On June 17, 2021, Leesburg Police Department Team One responded to the report of a fight in the area of Oakview Drive SE.

Upon arrival, Officer Zuzzi, who was alone, was confronted by an adult male in his underwear running down Rockbridge Drive. The subject was uncooperative and was quickly walking away from Officer Zuzzi towards a busy Sycolin Road.

As additional members of Team One, MPO Heather Maupin, PO III Mathew Connell, PO I Allison Rawlings, and PO II Austin Kallmayer, quickly arrived on the scene to assist this now combative and uncooperative subject.

They were able to successfully work together to contain and then detain the subject, using minimal force, as he continued to lunge towards the roadway and traffic of Sycolin Road. Officers were able to shut down traffic as the subject continued to make his way in that direction. They were able to assess the subject and determine that he was either experiencing a mental health crisis and/or was under the influence of drugs/alcohol.

In lieu of arrest, LCFR was summoned for evaluation, possible treatment, and transport to Inova Loudoun Hospital as units had initiated an Emergency Custody Order. All of Team One members showed outstanding collaboration and communication with the subject, and great personal restraint in attempting to deescalate the situation.

Congratulations Officer Castro, Officer Wagner, Officer Kallmayer, Officer Maupin, former Officer Zuzzi, former Officer Connell, and former Officer Rawlings!

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04/22/2022

Loudoun County Law Enforcement Partner with DEA for Nationwide Prescription Take-Back Day

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Leesburg Police Department, Middleburg Police Department, Purcellville Police Department have once again partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Loudoun County residents can discard potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at seven sites in the county:

Ashburn Station
20272 Savin Hill Drive, Ashburn, VA

Dulles South Public Safety Center
25216 Loudoun County Parkway, South Riding, VA

Eastern Loudoun Sheriff’s Station
46620 East Frederick Drive, Sterling, VA

Western Loudoun Station
47 W. Loudoun Street, Round Hill, VA

Town of Leesburg Police Department
65 Plaza Street, NE, Leesburg

Town of Middleburg Police Department
10 W. Marshall Street, Middleburg, VA (Middleburg Town Hall)

Town of Purcellville Police Department
125 Hirst Road, Suite 7-A Purcellville, VA

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS: Prescription medications, Over-The-Counter Medications, Medical Samples, Pet Medications, Vape Pens/E-Cigarettes (battery must be removed).

NON-ACCEPTABLE ITEMS: Needles, Epi-Pens, Thermometers, Batteries, IV Bags, Blood or Infectious Waste, Liquids, Gels, or Sprays.

Since the inception of the DEA take-back program in 2010, over 16,000 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medications have been collected in Loudoun County.

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Photos from Southern Police Institute (SPI)'s post
04/19/2022

Photos from Southern Police Institute (SPI)'s post

04/13/2022

Members of the #LCSO and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue leadership teams dropped into the Emergency Communications Center today to offer #Loudoun's Public Safety Telecommunicators a sweet treat (ice cream truck music included) to recognize their efforts for National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week! 🍨 🥄

Thank you to all of our telecommunicators in #Loudoun for your dedication and steadiness in your crucial #frontline role.

#headsetheroes #NPSTW2022

Photo (left to right): Lt. Col. Eric Prugh, Major Craig Schleiden, Sheriff Mike Chapman, Assistant Chief Travis Preau, Chief Keith Johnson, Deputy Chief of Communications Nicole Pickrell, Captain Tom Gilligan, and Captain TJ DeLitta.

04/13/2022

COFFEE WITH A COP EVENT

Join your neighbors & police officers for coffee and conversation on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 from 9am to 11am at Weird Brothers Coffee ​(1601 Village Market Blvd SE #122).

No agenda, no speeches, and no PowerPoint presentation. Just coffee and a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know officers in your community.

Come with questions. We'll have answers and coffee.

04/13/2022

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System announced today that the 34th Annual McGruff Safety Camp online registration form is now available. https://bit.ly/McGruffCamp2022.

Due to scheduled school renovations, this year’s camps will be held at two different locations. The first camp will be held June 27 – June 30 at Countryside Elementary School in Sterling, VA. The second camp will be held July 11-July 14 and will also be held at Countryside Elementary School. The third camp will be held July 18 – July 21 at Pinebrook Elementary School in Aldie, VA.

04/13/2022

As we continue to celebrate telecommunications staff during #NationalPublicSafetyTelecommunicatorsWeek, we take a look back at the history of telecommunications in #Loudoun County.

The way public safety dispatchers communicate with Loudoun Deputies today can be traced back nearly 70 years ago to a gift from popular radio personality, Arthur Godfrey.

In a letter dated November 22, 1952, Roger F. Powell, who served as Loudoun’s Sheriff from 1952 to 1959, informed then-County Chairman I.W. Baker that Arthur Godfrey had donated $2000 “to be used in installing a county police radio communication system.”

The revelation of Godfrey’s name was controversial at the time as the radio personality had asked for his contribution to remain anonymous. Sheriff Powell was forced to release the radio star's name after some supervisors declared there would be no budget increase requests for the Sheriff unless the identity of the donor was revealed. “No money for an extra man until you talk,” the board demanded according to one local newspaper.

Godfrey, who started his radio career in Baltimore in 1929, later joined Washington D.C.’s NBC affiliate. In 1942 his morning show could be heard on CBS’ flagship station, WABC in New York. Back in Loudoun County, Godfrey purchased the Beacon Hill Estate west of Leesburg, Virginia, and commuted by plane from his farm to studios in New York City every Sunday night. Godfrey would affectionately refer to his land as ‘the old cow pasture’ on his radio show.

In the revelation letter to the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Powell stated that he discussed with Godfrey issues within the Sheriff’s Office and the fact that two county tragedies had recently taken place: a robbery and shooting in Hillsboro and the Fox family murders. Powell told Godfrey that he would like to have a county police system “whereby all the emergency units, such as fire departments, rescue squads, and the game warden could be tied together as more efficient operating units”. Mr. Godfrey asked, “What will it cost?”

According to the letter, initial estimates for the radio system were in the range of $1200. In response to the figure Godfrey said, “one thousand or two thousand dollars, get busy, don’t let any moss grow on it. I’ll do that much for my people of Loudoun County.”

The cost rose to $1600 before Godfrey donated a total of $2000 stating “we don’t want any dead spots in the system; (get) the kind of equipment that will do the job right.” Less than a month later on December 18, 1952, a headline in the Loudoun News proclaimed “Loudoun County Police Radio Station Goes On Air Today”.

Only a few years later, Godfrey continued his goodwill with the donation of a small portion of his land off of Old Waterford Road near Leesburg. The land was used by the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office to build a radio tower; greatly increasing the agency’s communications capabilities. Robert W. Legard, who served as Loudoun County Sheriff from 1964 to 1979, worked with Hankey’s Radio in Frederick, MD to erect a tower on the land. The tower broadcasted two low-band channels, one for the Sheriff’s Office and one for Loudoun County Fire and Rescue.

Godfrey was instrumental in the implementation of the public safety radio system in Loudoun County, but his goodwill did not end with the Sheriff’s Office. Over the years Godfrey donated an ambulance and the financing for an entire wing for Loudoun County Hospital. In 1960 Godfrey donated $200,000 from the sale of his 'old cow pasture' for the development of an airport. The area is now known as Leesburg Executive Airport, Town of Leesburg, Virginia at Godfrey Field.

Arthur Godfrey passed away in New York in 1983 and is buried in Union Cemetery only a few miles from his former Leesburg home.
#NPSTW2022 #headsetheroes

Photo: Loudoun County Sheriff Roger Powell uses the radio equipment donated by Arthur Godfrey. Sheriff Powell served Loudoun County from Jan. 1, 1952 to Dec. 31, 1959.

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04/09/2022

YOUTH OPPORTUNITY!!! YOUTH OPPORTUNITY!!!!
Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program
Since 1989, The Virginia American Legion and the Virginia State Police have conducted a week-long hands-on event for rising high school seniors (male & female) at the VSP Training Academy. Those interested in a law enforcement career get a small glimpse of the varied training a trooper experiences. The next Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program at the academy is scheduled for Sunday, June 26 to Friday, July 1, 2022
The Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program is an intensive five-day session in which young men and women are exposed to almost every facet of law enforcement. During the instruction at the academy, the students will receive orientation to criminal investigation, patrol techniques, accident and crime scene investigation, firearms safety and marksmanship. The cadets will also learn about the history of policing, the drug problems facing all Virginians today, and the State Police recruitment process.
The Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program consists of vigorous training along with both practical and classroom instruction. This includes a variety of “hands on” training pertaining to law enforcement. Practical Training includes: Water safety and life saving techniques; Vehicle Operator improvement on the Academy vehicle driving range and skid pan; Weapons safety training and marksmanship on the firing range; Observation of working Patrol and Drug K-9’s; and Impaired driving demonstration. In addition to the classroom and practical experience, cadets will also have the opportunity to visit the Governor’s Mansion, the Virginia War Memorial, and have lunch at a local American Legion Post.
Post 293 POC: Sergeant Andrew Missler at (703) 727-4110 (W)
Further information and applications can be found at:
https://valegion.org/.../youth-cadet-law-enforcement.../
https://valegion.org/.../2019YouthCadetLawEnforcementAppl...
https://valegion.org/.../2021/10/YCLE-Brochure-10122021.pdf
Completed applications, with Biography and DMV documentation attached, should be submitted to the local Post Commander by April 23, 2022, who shall rank boys and girls according to preference and submit all applications to the Department of VA Headquarters by May 7, 2022.

Photos from Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's post
04/07/2022

Photos from Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's post

04/06/2022

Congratulations to Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Deputy First Class Chris Shore on your retirement from LCSO after nearly 23 years in law enforcement! DFC Shore was an officer with #LPD prior to joining #LCSO.

04/05/2022

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04/04/2022

Leesburg Man Charged in Overnight Shooting Death

Leesburg, VA (April 4, 2022) – On Monday, April 4, 2022 shortly before 2:30 A.M., the Leesburg Police Department Emergency Communications Center received a call for service for a suspicious event at an apartment located in the 0-99 block of Fort Evans Road NE. Leesburg Police Officers responded and located an adult male in the apartment with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was declared deceased at the scene. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The suspect, Nelson Coronado Jr, 21, of Leesburg, remained on scene. He was taken into custody without incident and has been charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Coronado remains held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond. A firearm was recovered from the scene. Through the investigation it has been determined that Coronado was the sole suspect, and that the victim and suspect were known to each other.

The incident remains under investigation by the Leesburg Police Department Criminal Investigation Section. Anyone who has additional information about the incident is asked to contact Detective M. Pereira at 703-771-4500 or at [email protected]. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call the Leesburg Crime Line at 703-443-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent using TIPSUBMIT via text. Text 274637 (CRIMES) and begin your message with LPDTIP.

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#FraudFriday - This afternoon, members of the LCSO attended the Loudoun Crime Commission meeting and learned about cyber security. The guest speaker Mark Grantz, Vice President at PNC Bank, talked about cyber security for your home and small business. Here are a couple of suggestions that he provided to help protect your home network. 💻Change the default name and password of your home network. 💻Limit access to your wireless network. 💻Create a home guest network. 💻Turn on WiFi network encryption. 💻Turn on your router firewall. 💻Turn off your WiFi network when you leave home. 💻Update your router's firmware. 💻Disable remote access. Please visit FTC.gov for more tips!
Retired DEA Special Agent Terry Cole, Assistant Regional Director for Mexico, briefed the Loudoun Crime Commission today in Ashburn concerning the current drug threat facing the United States. Mr. Cole detailed the drug organizations, their personal security forces, and the myriad of politics surrounding Mexico’s drug trade. Pictured with Terry Cole and Sheriff Chapman are former DEA Special Agents Marty Pracht and Richie Fiano - who also served as LCSO’s Major in charge of Criminal investigations.
Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman joined Leesburg Police Department, Leesburg VA Chief Greg Brown, Middleburg Police Department Department Chief AJ Panebianco, Purcellville Police Department Deputy Chief Dave Dailey, and Virginia State Police Captain J-P. N. Koushel for the 9th Annual Loudoun Crime Commission State of Law Enforcement in #Loudoun County Forum. Sheriff Chapman highlighted the LCSO’s efforts to combat crime, including local, state and federal partnerships He noted that Loudoun County saw a 32% decrease in the county’s crime rate between 2012 and 2018. This reduction in crime continues despite the continued growth of Loudoun, which saw over 66-thousand new residents during the same time period. Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reported the lowest crime rate in Northern Virginia according to the 2019 Annual Report on Crime and Crime Control released by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). Loudoun also saw the second lowest crime rates in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Region Preliminary numbers indicate the continued decrease in serious crime, with Part 1 crimes decreasing 4% and violent crime down 8% in 2019 compared to 2018. This past year we initiated several public safety campaigns and programs to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents. As the safety of our schools is a top priority, we announced the availability of a free downloadable app called Safe2Talk. The app can be used by students, parents, teachers, and residents to anonymously report safety concerns in our schools so they can be immediately addressed. As news headlines broke regarding a surge in va**ng-related illnesses, we released an informational video in an effort to educate the public on the potential health concerns with these devices among our youth. The campaign included the continuation of a series of educational forums on va**ng with Loudoun County Public Schools throughout the county. After years of urging the Virginia General Assembly to amend the Improper Driving statute language, we successfully improved a serious gap in the Virginia Motor Code. By amending traffic ordinances at the local level, our deputies now have the discretion to issue a summons instead of Reckless Driving – a Class 1 misdemeanor - when investigating a minor crash. Previously, the charge of Reckless Driving could only be reduced to Improper Driving, a less serious charge, by a judge or at the request of the Commonwealth Attorney. The amendments relieve our deputies of the current state code constraints and provide drivers a much fairer legal recourse. Through the great work of our deputies and civilian staff, we continue to receive local, state and national recognition. This year, Deputy First Class Colin Whittington was named the Virginia Deputy Sheriff of the Year by the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association. He is the third LCSO deputy to receive this recognition in the past five years. Sheriff Chapman notes his work on several committees at the national level, including Vice-President of Homeland Security for the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA), Chairman for Homeland Security for the National Sheriffs’ Association, and on the D.A.R.E. Executive Law Enforcement Advisory Board. There were also a number of firsts in 2019 for the LCSO: We were the first agency in Northern Virginia to receive training in Sources of Strength, an evidence-led youth su***de prevention program. The program is conducted by the Ryan Bartel Foundation founded by the Bartel family after their son’s tragic death by su***de at age 17 when he was a senior at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville. We also held the first-ever three-day Advanced Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) in the Commonwealth of Virginia in October. We have become a leader both regionally and nationally in CIT training with personnel from across the country and overseas traveling to participate in our training. The LCSO CIT program has trained over 600 personnel from the local, state, and federal levels. We continue to be overwhelmed by your generous support in several giving campaigns. This fall, we once-again participated in No-Shave November. Loudoun residents helped us raise over $24,000 for cancer research and prevention. We were the highest fundraising law enforcement agency as part of No-Shave.org. In the past three years, Loudoun residents have helped us raise over $55,000 for cancer research and prevention. Residents also helped us collect over 2500 toys for our annual Santa Ride for Cole’s Closet for children who are hospitalized during the holidays. This is the largest number of toys we have ever collected and the largest donation ever received by Cole’s Closet.