Police Department Releases 2021 Annual Report – Official Arlington County Virginia Government Site

Posted on June 13, 2022



ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department announces the release of the 2021 Annual Report. The report showcases the accomplishments of the Department and its staff throughout the year in support of our key crime prevention and control initiatives. crime, transportation safety and community engagement.

“It was, and continues to be, my greatest professional honor to be selected to serve as Chief of Police and lead the dedicated men and women of the Arlington County Police Department,” said chef Andy Penn. “2021 brought unique challenges as we continued to navigate the uncertainty of a global pandemic. Throughout the year, ACPD sworn and civilian staff remained resilient and rose to each new challenge while continuing to provide the highest quality policing services. I am incredibly proud of the work they do every day in service to our community. I also recognize that we are at our best when we work collaboratively with the community and I appreciate everyone who has engaged with us throughout the year to make us the best we can be.

The annual report is the Ministry’s official release of crime and collision statistics for the previous year and provides an overview of multi-year trends in both categories. Year-end crime statistics are submitted to the Virginia State Police in March, based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) format. Investigation updates, as well as reclassification of cases, can take place throughout the year, making the data dynamic as changes are made. The most recent data, which may not match what is included in this report, is available on the Virginia State Police website.

The overall crime rate in Arlington County, reported as Group A offenses, increased 4.8% in 2021 from the previous year. The total number of offenses, as well as the violent crime rate (offences per 100,000 people) remain below the 2021 Virginia average and below the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report.

The NIBRS divides Group A offenses into three categories: crimes against persons, crimes against property, and crimes against society. Reported crimes against persons increased by 24% in 2021 compared to 2020 totals, with the main drivers being the increase in common and aggravated assaults. Reported property crimes increased by 7.4% compared to 2020, with the main drivers being fraud and theft. Reported crimes against society were down 24% from 2020 totals. Group B arrests increased slightly from the previous year, but remained within the standard range of five-year trends.

Annual Report Highlights

  • Advancing the Officer Wellness Program to support employee physical and mental health
  • Engaging the community in the future of policing in Arlington
  • Recognizing the officers for their response at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021
  • Remembering those who have been lost and a look at the ministry’s preparedness efforts on the 20e Anniversary of the September 11 attacks
  • Addressing the Persistent Opioid Crisis Through Collaborative Efforts Focused on Support, Resources, and Education
  • Keeping all road users safe through transportation safety initiatives and programs
  • Established the Community Engagement Division to reinforce the CSPA’s commitment to working collaboratively with our diverse and inclusive community to ensure the safety of all who live, work and visit Arlington
  • Review of internal affairs reports

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