Year in Review - Franconia Police District


Fairfax County Police Department
Franconia District Station

6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310
703-922-0889. TTY 703-204-2264. Fax 703-719-6436
Date Released 01/09/12
Contact: Officer Eddy Azcárate / 703-922-0889
Information Bulletin: Year in Review

Year in Review
Franconia Police District

                The Franconia District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department has had a year to remember. Overall crime has dropped and traffic behavior is changing; providing a safer environment for all of us. Overall crime dropped nearly 7% in 2011 as compared to 2010. We had several cases which contributed to those lower numbers. A GPS theft ring was busted in February and a prescription fraud task force was established early in the year and re-established later in the summer. A Business Watch was created following a series of stolen lawn care equipment in the Lorton area. Our Ghost Cruiser was out nearly every day in 2011which has shown to slow motorist. Our Traffic Enforcement Officer has written over 2700 citations this year and our Parking Enforcement Officer was busy in our neighborhoods helping to maintain the county’s code on parking restrictions. Our Franconia residents had their moment as well when a citizen helped catch a driver speeding. Another resident called the police for suspicious activity and two arrests were made.

                Throughout the year, greater emphasis was placed on communicating with the residents of the Franconia Police District. The station web page has been updated more frequently and an e-mail subscription was established to get information directly to those interested. We currently have 500 subscriptions and hope to break 1000 in 2012. In June, officers along with the station commanders began a series of “ Walking Tours”. These tours continued with warm welcome until the weather turned cold. A total of five communities were visited; you can expect to see officers in your “hood” in 2012. The year ended strong with our second annual “ Fill the Wagon” food drive. The response this year was outstanding, and we hope to see an even greater turnout next year. A free service provided by the officers at the Franconia Station is Child Safety Seat Inspections; 478 seats were inspected in 2011.

                The officers at the station have continued to better themselves to assist the public. We have received additional training to increase our understanding of emotionally disturbed persons and issues regarding homelessness. We have improved our communication with other agencies such as the Department of Family Services through the Community Action Advisory Board. We gained valuable refresher training on traffic safety topics such as driving while intoxicated, moped and pedestrian laws.

                Looking ahead to 2012, the Franconia Station will focus on continuing the downward movement of crime in our Police Service Areas (PSA’s) by utilizing tools such as crime analysis as well as the knowledge and skills of our officers and detectives assigned to our neighborhoods. Soon, communities will be able to check our website for a Walk and Talk page which will show where we will be in 2012 and when. We will monitor closely the effects of BRAC on our highways as well as any changes which occur at the Springfield Mall in 2012 – both major projects in our district. Captain Bennett is committed to providing our community with exceptional police service through the use of creative approaches, coordination with our Department and County resources, strong communication and community involvement. Remember to check out our website for up to date information, as well as our street sign in front of our police station for seasonal and timely messages. To ensure you receive the most up to date information, please sign up to our Email Subscription to receive emails from our Crime Prevention Officer throughout the year. Remember, “Crime Prevention Starts with You – Get Involved.”




To request this information in an alternate format, call the Franconia District Station at 703.922.0889.  TTY 703-204-2264






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