Chief Penn Shares Video Message About Service Changes – Official Arlington County Virginia Government Site

Posted on March 29, 2022

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD), like most law enforcement agencies, has experienced a significant reduction in its workforce due to attrition, retirements and agents looking for other opportunities. While our department’s commitment to providing professional law enforcement services and working collaboratively with our community to support public safety remains unwavering, this reduction in the number of officers will change the way we deliver services. to the community.

It is imperative that we make service adjustments to prioritize our workload in line with key ministry initiatives in crime prevention and control, community engagement, transportation security, and wellness and safety. employees. Our goal is to facilitate a sustainable work-life balance for officers while focusing our investigation and response efforts on more serious criminal incidents and community concerns. In order to achieve this objective, we have reassigned certain assignments to prioritize the response to basic services, which has included the need to leave certain specialist positions unfilled.

“Arlington remains a safe place to live, work and visit and the incredibly dedicated and professional men and women of the Arlington County Police Department work every day to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve,” said said Chef Andy Penn. . “I am confident that despite our service adjustments, we will continue to work in partnership with the community and remain proactive in ensuring public safety.”

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LOOK: Chief Penn shares message about service changes

Main impacts on services

Our top priority remains the safety of the Arlington community. Officers will continue to respond to ongoing crimes and emergency calls if there is a threat to life, health or property. It is anticipated that the community will notice service impacts in the following areas:

  • Late reports of applicable non-emergency criminal activity will be reported using the online reporting system or by telephone (703-228-4300) instead of an in-person response from the officer. This is a change initiated during the pandemic and will continue to ensure the best use of available resources. All submissions to the online reporting system are reviewed by an officer and once approved, an official Arlington County Police Department report number will be issued.
  • Priority investigative follow-up on crimes against persons and serious property crimes.
  • Reduced investigative follow-up on some property crimes, especially when the incident lacks solvency factors. Here are examples of reduced survey tracking:
    • Scam reports when no identifiable suspect exists. CALT will continue to run education campaigns on common scams and share information on financial crime prevention.
    • Late reports of hit and run collisions without credit factors.

Despite these adjustments, we remain committed to:

  • Maintain operational readiness and readiness to respond to any public safety incident that occurs in Arlington
  • Ensuring traffic flow in the county while conducting transportation safety education and enforcement campaigns
  • Engage and build partnerships with those we serve
  • Proactively recruit qualified candidates to join future academy courses with the ultimate goal of bringing the department back to full strength as soon as possible.

For more information and resources on the police department’s shifts and reallocation of resources, please visit our website.

Engage with ACPD

CSPA remains committed to communicating effectively to ensure public trust. Members of our Command Staff and Engagement Division are available if you have additional questions or would like to arrange a small group discussion. The public is also encouraged to visit our engagement page for a variety of resources available to stay informed about police activities, engagement events, road closures and safety campaigns.

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