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Diverse citizen group in Fairfax County, VA focused on building positive relationships between public safety agencies and communities to advance collaboration and outreach.

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11/15/2021

Sincere condolences to the family & friends of PO Michael Chandler, who died tragically on Saturday after being shot in the line of duty. As a show of support to The Town of Big Stone Gap & law enforcement everywhere, #FCPD officers will wear mourning bands though the day of the funeral.

11/12/2021

Fairfax County police officers bring water for each shift, but they can quickly go through it when deployed to an extended incident such as a traffic crash or a search for a missing person. Having water available for these incidents is important. Thanks Vellum Mortgage, Inc. for their recent donation of water, which will be distributed to our District Stations to support the officers that keep our communities safe.

Photos from Fairfax County Police Department's post
10/28/2021

Photos from Fairfax County Police Department's post

10/17/2021

Last night, Chief Kevin Davis and Deputy Chief Brian Reilly joined officers, families and friends at the 33rd Annual Candlelight Vigil to honor law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. We are eternally grateful for your service.

10/16/2021

Detectives with our Organized Crime and Intelligence Bureau are warning unsuspecting motorists of vehicle registrations being illegally sold involving the issuance of temporary Texas state license plates.

Detectives want vehicle owners to be aware of vehicle registration laws which can be found on the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website, or by clicking https://bit.ly/3dpRjfC. Detectives also want to ensure that business owners are aware of Virginia Code Section 46.2-1508, https://bit.ly/3qDUh4g, that does not allow businesses to operate as a dealer without a proper license.

Anyone with information about these illegal license plates being distributed is asked to make a report to police by calling the non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. In many instances, it may be legal to possess this, therefore, it is not necessary to call the non-emergency number if you see cars with the Texas temporary registration.

Los detectives de nuestro Buro de Inteligencia y Crimen Organizado están advirtiendo a los conductores desprevenidos de vehículos que se venden ilegalmente y que involucran la emisión de placas temporales del estado de Texas.

Los detectives quieren que los propietarios de vehículos estén al tanto de las leyes de registro de vehículos que se pueden encontrar en el sitio Web del Departamento de vehículos de Virginia (DMV) o haciendo clic en https://bit.ly/3dpRjfC. Los detectives quieren asegurarse de que los dueños de negocios conozcan la sección 46.2-1508 del código de Virginia, https://bit.ly/3qDUh4g; que no permite que las empresas operen como distribuidores sin una licencia adecuada

Cualquier persona que tenga información sobre la distribución de estas placas ilegales debe informara la Policía llamando al numero que no es para emergencias 703-691-2131. En muchos casos puede ser legal tener estas placas, por lo tanto, no es necesario llamar al numero que no es de emergencias si observa un automóvil con placas temporales del estado de Texas.

10/15/2021

As we close out Hispanic Heritage month, we're highlighting Second Lieutenant Carlos Lama. Listen to our podcast to find out more about Lieutenant Lama and why he chose a career in law enforcement. https://bit.ly/3Axy9wn
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Lieutenant Lama was born in the beach town of Barahona in the Dominican Republic and moved to the New York City when he was 2 years old. He lived in the Harlem section of New York City in the 1970s during the height of the crack epidemic. His mother worked in a sewing factory while his father held various laboring jobs to support him and his younger brother.

In the 1980s, Lieutenant Lama’s parents decided to move back to the Dominican Republic due to high drug crimes, and gang violence in New York City at the time. Lieutenant Lama completed high school in the Dominica Republic and moved back to New York City in 1992 by himself. He attended NYC Tech College in Brooklyn and worked on his Associate Degree of Art Design and Computer Graphics. In 1995, he began his career as a police officer in New York City until 2000, when he was hired by FCPD.

Lieutenant Lama served as a patrol officer in the Fair Oaks Station and Franconia Station. During that time, he obtained his Bachelor of Science from Bluefield College. From 2007-2014, Lieutenant Lama was an FCPD gang detective working with the FBI. In 2014, Lieutenant Lama was promoted to sergeant and was assigned to our Internal Affairs Bureau. In 2015, Lieutenant Lama was transferred to the Mt. Vernon District Station as a squad supervisor. In 2017, he was promoted to his current rank and remains in Mt. Vernon as a squad supervisor. We’re proud to have Lieutenant Lama serve in our community. Listen to the podcast to find out how his upbringing positively affected his ability to engage with our community.

10/08/2021

Noemi Romero is a Victim Services Specialist for the Fairfax County Police Department and currently assigned to work out of our Public Safety Headquarters. Noemi has worked as a Victim Services Specialist since October 2013. On February 2017, she was promoted to be the first Spanish Speaking Victim Services Specialist and her current role entails working with our Major Crimes Bureau with victims who are Spanish speaking. Listen to her podcast and read below to find out more about Noemi and how she contributes to FCPD and our community.

https://bit.ly/3A0TQVb

Noemi’s parents immigrated to the United States from Peru in 1990. They left behind their country, their language, their culture, careers, friends, and family, all to give Noemi a better future. They worked long hours, many times having to work double shifts. Growing up, Noemi’s parents made sure she spoke Spanish at home and English at school. Noemi’s parents depended a lot on her to help them with translating their needs and wants to English Speakers. “It was always a good feeling to know that I was able to help them.”

Education was always a priority in Noemi’s family, so after graduating high school, Noemi went to Marymount University where she received my bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Social Behavioral Science. She then received her master’s from the University of Maryland. Walking across the stage to receive her master’s diploma and having her parents and her daughter cheer for her was one of the happiest moments in Noemi’s life. Noemi knew in that moment, that her parent’s hard work and sacrifice was all worth it, she knew she was making them proud, and most of all she knew that her daughter now had someone to look up to.

Noemi’s father was a detective in Peru. He was a part of the Policia de Investigations del Peru (PIP). She grew up hearing his stories about how the community trusted him and all the advocating he had to do just to get justice served. At a young age, she knew she wanted to be a part of law enforcement and help the Hispanic community. Since working out of the Fairfax County Mason District Police Station from 2013-2017, she has been honored to be able use her skills, to be someone they can trust, to be the bridge between them and their detective or commonwealth attorney, and to have the opportunity to validate their feelings and reassure their fears. Working for the Fairfax County Police Department as one of their Spanish speaking Victim Services Specialist and having the opportunity to help my community is a true privilege.

Photos from Fairfax County Police Department's post
10/07/2021

Photos from Fairfax County Police Department's post

10/06/2021

Our officers and numerous public safety partners had the honor and privilege to greet Honor Flight Chicago Operation HerStory at Dulles International Airport this morning. This special flight brought 114 women who served in the Vietnam War, Korean War and WWII to the D.C. area for the day. We are beyond grateful for your service to our Country!

10/06/2021

Yesterday afternoon a community member stopped to help a woman who had a flat tire on Burke Lake Road. As they called roadside assistance, our officers pulled up and happily changed her tire. We are grateful to serve a community so willing to help others!

10/05/2021

Anyone lucky enough to find the pot of gold at the end of this beautiful rainbow? One of our flight officers was able to catch this photo at the Manassas Airport this evening!
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#FCPD #PotOfGold #Rainbows #Helicopter #Fairfax1 #LawEnforcement #Police #FirstResponders

Our condolences to the family.  Thank you, Captain Sisk, for your seevice to the community.
10/03/2021

Our condolences to the family. Thank you, Captain Sisk, for your seevice to the community.

Building trust!!
10/01/2021

Building trust!!

Our Franconia District Station’s Neighborhood Patrol Unit teamed up with a local Boy Scout Troop for a bike rodeo last week. Over 40 children joined our officers at St. John’s Lutheran Church to learn all about bike safety and show off their skills. Thanks for having us!

This is what they do.  Compassionate and caring.
09/22/2021

This is what they do. Compassionate and caring.

This picture says a thousand words.

A North Carolina officer comforted a 1-year-old boy found in the car with his heroin-overdosed parents. STORY >>> https://bit.ly/3nT4Sts

09/17/2021

Chief Davis alongside fellow officers and our Fire and Rescue partners paid our respects for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss. Thank you for your service to our Country.
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#FCPD #Hero

09/10/2021

Our Financial Crimes Unit culminated an extensive and collaborative investigation into a gift card scam with the Sept. 1 arrest of Jiale Li, 26, of Blacksburg. Li was involved in a phone scam where individuals would pretend to be working for the Internal Revenue Services, Social Security Administration, Microsoft, or the Drug Enforcement Administration. Victims were told that they would need to purchase a gift card to stay out of jail or to fix their account. Li would use the gift cards to purchase more gift cards then sell the gift cards at a discounted rate of their value.

Detectives have identified hundreds of victims in almost all 50 states. Li purchased more than $500 thousand worth of gift cards using the gift cards that were originally obtained from the victims. At the time of his arrest, Li was in possession of over $176,000 in laundered gift cards. This was a successful joint investigation carried out by our detectives, the FBI Organized Crime Squad, and extensive investigative assistance provided by Walmart Global Investigation Team. Li was charged with three counts of obtaining money by false pretense and money laundering. He is being held without bond at the adult detention center.

Remember these scam stopping tips:
• Slow down! Ask yourself, does this seem legitimate?
• Scammers often make their caller ID appear real to try and trick you.
• If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from a law enforcement agency telling you there is a warrant out for your arrest and demands payment to resolve the warrant, STOP!
• Federal and local law enforcement departments will not ask you for money or payment in the form of gift cards to avoid arrest.
• When in doubt, do not provide any form of payment and find a way to contact the company directly.
• If someone calls you offering tech support or claiming your computer has a virus, hang up.
• If they are asking for payment with gift cards of any kind, it is likely a scam.
• If you believe you or a loved one have been scammed, file a report with our Financial Crimes Online Reporting (FiCOR) system - https://bit.ly/2U8hVXE
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#CrimePrevention #scams #police #FinancialCrimes #Prevention

09/09/2021

We're incredibly excited to announce a new program—in partnership with The Dispute Resolution Center—that's been nearly a year in the making. Effective today, we’ll give crime survivors in a broad array of cases a choice to engage in restorative justice as an alternative to the criminal system.

Here’s the background. When a case is prosecuted, it’s the *State* that is prosecuting. And though we do our best to coordinate with crime survivors, survivors often want something different than the criminal legal system can provide.

Often, survivors want answers: “Why did you do this to me?” “How do I know you won't do it again?” But our adversarial system disincentivizes defendants from answering those questions—or accepting responsibility. After all, when they do that, they’re pleading guilty.

In many cases, survivor-centered restorative justice offers a better way.

If, and only if, survivors opt for restorative justice, the survivor and person who committed harm work with a trained facilitator to reach an individualized solution for how the survivor can be made whole.

Restorative justice consists of three primary elements:

✅ The person who committed harm must acknowledge harm done.
✅The person who committed harm must take responsibility.
✅The parties must work together on a plan in which amends can be made—and ensure harm won't reoccur.

Survivors in other jurisdictions report a *much* higher degree of satisfaction with restorative justice than the traditional criminal legal system. And when given the choice, 90% of survivors opt for restorative justice as an alternative! (Yes, 90%).

Under the program announced today, survivors will be given the *option* to use restorative justice as an alternative to the traditional criminal system. If they opt for the traditional criminal system, we’ll prosecute the case in the normal course.

But if the survivor chooses to engage in restorative justice, we’ll “hold” charges—and not file them—while our partners at the Dispute Resolution Center engage in a restorative justice process with the survivor and person who committed harm.

If—and only if—the parties (1) reach a plan through which amends can be made; (2) that plan is followed; and (3) the would-be defendant is not accused of any new crimes in 18 months, we will dismiss all charges.

A couple caveats: Our mission is to protect public safety. Thus, cases that present a public safety risk (gun violence, etc) will not be eligible for restorative justice. Nor will cases involving sexual assault, intimate-partner violence, or victimization of children.

And as emphasized, *nobody* will be forced to engage in restorative justice. Restorative justice will only be pursued if the crime survivor affirmatively expresses a desire to pursue it.

We stand with survivors. And standing with survivors means listening to them.

In the long run, we hope this program will re-center survivors in the process, ensure real healing and accountability—and ultimately, protect public safety.

The data from other jurisdictions suggests it will have precisely this effect. But one other point bears emphasis.

The biggest issue the criminal system faces is not an inability to “solve” crimes, or obtain convictions. Rather, the biggest issue we face is that *most crimes are never reported*—including just 42% of assaultive crimes and 36% of property crimes.

There are a number of reasons for that, but one is that involvement in the criminal system can be re-traumatizing and disempowering for victims. If survivors know there’s a different path, it’s our hope that more crime will be reported—and more harm can be addressed.

Again, standing with survivors means listening to them, providing options, and centering them. That's what this program is about. And we're incredibly grateful to our partners at the Dispute Resolution Center (as well as innumerable community partners) who have done months of work to put this program together. .

Read our full policy here.
https://www.washtenaw.org/DocumentCenter/View/22245/Restorative-Justice-Policy?bidId=

This is not available for viewing. Get a better insight to the plans the Fairfax County chief of police, Kevin Davis, ha...
08/08/2021

This is not available for viewing. Get a better insight to the plans the Fairfax County chief of police, Kevin Davis, has. A very lively discussion. I hope you can take the time to watch it and share it with others as we need to know what is happening in the county in which we live.

Smart Sustainability 🔊 The future of policing in Fairfax County 🚓

🔺Kevin Davis: Chief of Fairfax County Police Department
🔺Shirley Ginwright: Committee Chair of Communities of Trust

LIVE TV, Sunday, July 25 at 6:30pm EST, Channel 10/DC - NoVa area; Livestream at ➡ urban2050.org/tv-shows.

#SmartSustainability #fairfaxva #police

Another way tonstay informed and get involved.  Your input and thoughts are important to ensuring the policies include w...
06/12/2021

Another way tonstay informed and get involved. Your input and thoughts are important to ensuring the policies include what we need, as a community. This was a very lively discussion on when, why and how our Police Department should pursue a vehicle. These are usually high chase pursuits. Let your voice be heard. Thanks to the Fairfax County Police Department team that host at this meeting.

Members of our pursuit policy review committee hosted a virtual town-hall meeting last night to promote public awareness and collect community feedback about this important policy initiative. If you missed the meeting, please visit https://bit.ly/3cDml2G.

If you’d like to make a comment, have ideas or suggestions, please submit them online by visiting https://bit.ly/3whNU9g.

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