The Loudoun Crime Commission is a non-profit, charitable, membership organization, open to any conce
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 law enforcement through social networking pr
ograms, luncheons, and other events with law enforcement, business, citizens, media and government agency involvement. The LCC also provides direct and indirect support to police agencies that include material and financial assistance for education, training and equipment (on a case by case basis). By linking these disparate groups together with a single focus of fighting crime, we can make a positive difference in the communication level between these groups and in understanding how to work together better in Loudoun County. In all activities, the Loudoun Crime Commission shall remain politically neutral, neither supporting nor disparaging any political party.
Yesterday, the Leesburg Police Department and Loudoun County Sheriff's Office joined Loudoun County Public Schools for a meeting at Stone Bridge High School where back-to-school safety objectives and best practices were reviewed.
The Leesburg Police Department looks forward to providing a safe and secure learning environment for each of our students, teachers, and school staff this and every year. We thank and for joining us in this shared mission.
We hope our students enjoy their last few days of summer break and we look forward to seeing you at school next Thursday!
SAVE THE DATE: We're excited to announce our 1st ever Pizza with the Police!
Join your neighbors & police officers for lunch and casual conversation on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at La Villa Roma Restaurant & Pizzeria (305 East Market Street).
There will be no agenda, no speeches, and no PowerPoint presentation. Just delicious pizza and a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know officers in your community.
Come with questions. We'll have answers and pizza!
Congratulations to Vihaan Kshetrapal from Waxpool Elementary School for being selected as the August 2023 D.A.R.E. contest winner.
Each year, the LCSO selects 13 drawings from over 6,400 submissions. The drawings are created during the school year as part of the D.A.R.E. program.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) is celebrating its 35th year of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program in Loudoun County Public Schools this school year. Since 1987, D.A.R.E. has been taught to fifth-grade students by specially trained LCSO deputies, and in 2012, the program was expanded to middle schools.
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Please join us tomorrow night from 6pm to 8pm for our annual National Night Out event. The event will be held at the Middleburg Community Center.
See you there.
We look forward to seeing you at our annual National Night Out event TOMORROW, Tuesday, August 1, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Douglass Community Center located at 407 E Market St, Leesburg.
National Night Out is open to the public, and all Town residents are invited to participate in this annual police-community building event.
We will have free refreshments, activities for children, and music. Also, Target has donated two bicycles to be raffled off for free at the event!
Congratulations and welcome aboard.
It’s official! Welcome to the LPD family Chief Pirnat!
We are currently accepting applications for the positions of Police Office Manager (civilian) through 7/21/2023.
If you want to join a progressive and innovative police agency in the D.C. area, we want you! The Town of Leesburg strongly encourages innovation, promotes career development, and offers excellent benefits to employees, including membership to the Town's full-service recreation center, retirement benefits through the Virginia Retirement System and MissionSquare, affordable health insurance, and numerous other fringe benefits.
Learn more and apply at: www.leesburgva.gov/jobs.
Join your neighbors, Leesburg police officers, & Loudoun County Sheriff's Office deputies for coffee and conversation on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 from 9am to 11am at SimplyBe Coffee (208 Church Street SE).
No agenda, no speeches, and no PowerPoint presentation. Just coffee and a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know officers & deputies in your community.
Come with questions. We'll have answers and coffee!
LCSO Congratulates Captain Bryan Wacker on Graduating from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) is pleased to announce the recent graduation of Captain Bryan Wacker from the prestigious School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University. Captain Wacker successfully completed the rigorous twenty-one-week Staff and Command program, along with 20 other professionals and students from around the nation.
The SPSC delivers comprehensive upper-level college instruction in areas such as Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Organizational Behavior, Applied Statistics, Planning and Policy Development, Budgeting, and Resource Allocation. This curriculum challenges students with written examinations, projects, presentations, and other valuable academic and practical tools.
The SPSC is part of Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety. Established in 1936, the Center has been at the forefront of providing exceptional education and training for the law enforcement community. Initially focusing on expanding university-based education for law enforcement, the Center has since grown to offer a diverse range of courses and programs in Police Training, Management, and Executive Development.
Many graduates of the SPSC have gone on to achieve significant leadership positions within their respective agencies, demonstrating the program's effectiveness in cultivating exceptional law enforcement professionals. Captain Wacker’s completion of the program is expected to bring significant value to the LCSO.
Northern Virginia Veterans -
Free food the first Sunday of every month at Bourbon Boulevard in Chantilly, VA!
Congratulations and good luck in your future endeavors.
, Virginia's MOVE OVER LAW is changing on July 1, 2023.
Currently, drivers must change lanes or slow down for vehicles on the side of the road with blue, red, or amber lights. Beginning July 1, 2023, this will be expanded to require drivers to or for stopped vehicles with activated hazard warning signal flashers, displayed caution signs, or properly lit flares or torches.
A violation will be classified as a Class 1 Misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $2,500.
UPDATE: Leesburg Police Make Arrest in May Gunfire Investigation
Leesburg, VA (June 28, 2023) – Jairo Amaya-Sorto, 18, of Leesburg, was taken into custody yesterday evening in the 0-99 block of Plaza Street NE on Leesburg Police Department warrants charging him with willful discharge of a firearm in a public place, possession of a firearm by an undocumented individual, two counts of destruction of property, and possession of a controlled substance. He was additionally served an unrelated warrant from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. Amaya-Sorto remains held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.
The LPD charges stem from a shooting that occurred on Monday, May 29. 2023, shortly after 5:30 PM. The Leesburg Police Department Emergency Communications Center had received a report of a male discharging a firearm in the 100 block of Meadows Lane NE and also in the parking lot of an adjoining property in the 800 block of Edwards Ferry Road NE. Leesburg Police Officers immediately responded, however, were unable to locate the suspect at that time. Two vehicles were located with damage from the gunfire in a parking lot located in the 800 block of Edwards Ferry Road NE; however, no injuries have been reported.
Jairo Amaya-Sorto was identified as the sole suspect in this investigation.
The shooting remains under investigation by the Leesburg Police Department Criminal Investigation Section. Anyone who has information about the incident or who has exterior surveillance of the incident is asked to contact Detective C. Hill 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).
Original News Release:
Leesburg Police Investigate Report of Gunfire
Leesburg, VA (May 30, 2023) – On Monday, May 29. 2023, shortly after 5:30 PM, the Leesburg Police Department Emergency Communications Center received a report of a male discharging a firearm in the 100 block of Meadows Lane NE and also in the parking lot of an adjoining property in the 800 block of Edwards Ferry Road NE. Leesburg Police Officers immediately responded, however, were unable to locate the suspect. Two vehicles were located with damage from the gunfire in a parking lot located in the 800 block of Edwards Ferry Road NE; however, no injuries have been reported.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late teens or early twenties carrying a handgun.
The incident remains under investigation by the Leesburg Police Department Criminal Investigation Section. Anyone who has information about the incident or who has exterior surveillance of the incident is asked to contact Detective C. Hill 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).
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Congratulations to Sydney, who is the 2023 recipient of the Loudoun County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (LCDSA) 1757 Scholarship Program award.
Sheriff Mike Chapman and LCDSA President Joshua Lowder presented Sydney with a scholarship check today in recognition of her outstanding academic performance, extracurricular achievements, community service, and leadership.
The LCDSA is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1989 and is dedicated to supporting the men and women of the LCSO and Loudoun County high school seniors who aspire to pursue a degree in law enforcement or another public service-related field.
Congratulations Sydney, and best wishes on your next journey as you head to college!
Happy Father’s Day to all of the USCP hero dads and father figures! One day isn’t enough to celebrate all that you sacrifice for you and your families.💙
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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!
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
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.