Veteran Police Officer first African American Female to Retire
Fairfax County Police Department
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News Release: 026/LHC
January 26, 2012
Veteran Police Officer first African American Female to Retire from the Fairfax County Police Department
Agency Makes Strides in Diverse Hiring
A West Virginia native, the youngest of seven, Annie Mack-Evans grew up knowing that her life’s calling was to “Do all you can do and leave the outcome to God.”
Mack-Evans joined the Fairfax County Police Department in 1984, after graduating from Fairmont State College. She recognized that her future must be shaped around her essential core values; teaching, coaching, mentoring and helping others.
As her career as an FCPD officer now ebbs, she recognizes that she was fortunate and blessed to have been able to serve in those capacities over the past 28 years.
As a “teacher” within the FCPD, Annie taught First Aid, Defensive Tactics, Radar/LIDAR, Rape Aggression Defense and a host of other courses. She’s worked in traffic safety education, served as a school resource officer, instructed school safety patrols across the county, and been a squad leader and recruit training instructor at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. Her last stop with the FCPD began in 2002 and lasted until 2012 in Human Resources Recruitment, where she drew aspiring police officers to the agency and taught them about what made her department special, unique and different. She nurtured partnerships with the nine criminal justice academies housed within the Fairfax County Public Schools, recognizing that these students were the hope and future of the FCPD. The diverse look of these students is something Mack-Evans and her recruitment unit colleagues worked hard to attract to the agency.
“We recognize the importance of our agency to reflect an appropriate, diverse make-up of individuals. Even though I am only the first black woman officer to retire from the agency, my legacy I leave behind shows there will be many others to follow,” says Mack-Evans. “In addition to so many others; the first Korean, Vietnamese and Middle Eastern officers will follow me.”
Presently, the FCPD is comprised of approximately 1,315 sworn staff. Of those, black females make up just 1.21 percent. Mack-Evans and her colleagues recognize that many cultures and ethnicities may hold a bias against family members becoming officers based on experiences they or their families had in other parts of the world. “We’ve still got a long way to go to help build minority candidate interest in the FCPD. We have top quality personnel but we are always on the lookout for more.”
“For someone who is looking for a career where they can truly impact the lives of others and want to feel like they’ve made a difference, there’s no better place than the FCPD.”
Annie Mack-Evans Assisting FCPD candidates in the classroom Mack-Evans and recruitment colleagues are on the road