Our District's Supporting Cast
Fairfax County Police Department
Our District’s Supporting Cast
“It was my second day of training. We responded with lights and siren to a scene of an armed robbery. I was guarding the perimeter armed with a shotgun, hearing the helicopter overhead and the K9 officer on the radio giving chase to the bad guy. I thought, Wow, this is real and I’m an Auxiliary”. From another volunteer officer, “On my first night on the street with a Field Training Instructor, we made a felony traffic stop and apprehended two homicide suspects who had a body in the trunk of their vehicle!”
Life as an Auxiliary Police Officer (APO) with the Fairfax County Police Department may not be quite that interesting every day, but it sure grabbed the attention of Auxiliary Officers Ben Migliaccio and Thomas Oliver, who were happy to share their experiences. Fortunately, the Franconia Station has 16 APOs who volunteer their time to supplement the officers of this district. Their contributions to the officers and citizens of Franconia are immeasurable and include, traffic control at accident scenes and major events, crime prevention training and home security surveys, DWI checkpoints, cruiser displays for children, backing up patrol officers, and much, much more.
That’s right, they volunteer. Their primary professions range from software engineer, to sales, to retired military members and more. Just to highlight a few, Auxiliary Officer Anthony Butera is a retired physician who trained numerous officers here at the station in prescription drug laws and violations. APO Curtis Velasquez is an active duty United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and pilot. He has completed over 1000 hours of volunteer time, including providing guidance to other Auxiliary officers in active shooter training, since returning from a tour in Afghanistan in February 2011.
You can distinguish an Auxiliary officer from a paid officer as they wear a dark colored uniform and their patch identifies them as such. Many of them have said they became APOs because they felt a need to give something back to their communities and contribute to a greater cause. Without their service, many of the ways we serve the community would not be possible. The officers of the Franconia District Station are honored to receive their support and dedication. In 2011, Fairfax County Auxiliary officers marked 1,000,000 hours of volunteer service. Lead Auxiliary for Franconia, Athena Caul, has over 5,000 hours alone.
If you are interested in becoming an Auxiliary Police Officer or learning more about the program, click the blue words above or check the link at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/jobs/auxiliarypoliceofficer.htm.
To request this information in an alternate format, call the Franconia District Station at 703.922.0889. TTY 711