Sully District News


October 2014

Officer: PFC T.M. Gerhard

Address: 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, Virginia, 20151

Email: FCPDSulCPO@fairfaxcounty.gov

Phone number: 703-814-7051, TTY 711

About your Crime Prevention Unit

Under PFC Gerhard's direction, the Crime Prevention Section at the Sully District Station is focused on fostering a close relationship with the community.

The Sully District Crime Prevention Office thanks you in advance for your patience during our current budget struggles. With the reduction of the Crime Prevention Staff and the elimination of the School Education Officer, we cannot continue to provide presentations and / or public appearances like we have in the past. We will continue to focus on our Neighborhood Watch Communities, our liaisons with other homeowners groups and associations, and our partnership with the Citizens Advisory Committee. Requests for others activities will be handled on a case by case basis and we will continue to do our best to deliver superior services in a timely manner.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. (second Wednesday of every month)

Topic: Celebrate National Preparedness Month! The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management will be at CAC to talk about Fairfax Alerts, making an emergency preparednes kit and making an emergency plan! Join us to win a free emergency car kit! Questions? 703-814-7051 or fcpdsulcpo@fairfaxcounty.gov

Location: 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, Virginia 20151

Contact: Citizens' Advisory Committee Chair, Leslie Jenuleson: DLJenuleson@verizon.net


Car Seat Checks

Car Seat Installation


The Sully District Station conducts car seat inspections twice a month from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. We encourage parents to install the seat prior to arriving. Officers will inspect the car seat as well as provide education on how to properly fit your child in your car seat. This free service is on a first come, first serve basis as only the first thirty five vehicles will be inspected so we can ensure every parent receives the proper training. Please contact the Sully District Station at 703-814-7000 x5140 for upcoming inspection dates. Cancellations may occur last minute due to inclement weather!

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014


Neighborhood Watch Training

Please contact the Crime Prevention office at 703-814-7051 or email FCPDSulCPO@Fairfaxcounty.gov to arrange a training date for your group or to learn about how to get Neighborhood Watch started in your community!

Every adult plays an important role in addressing bullying and making schools safe. What is bulling? The U.S. Department of Health defines bullying as an aggressive behavior that is intended to cause harm or distress, occurs repeatedly over time and involves an imbalance of power or strength. Bullying happens in many different ways. From physical bullying, verbal bullying, emotional bullying, sexual bullying and cyberbullying. Bullying has been happening for decades, but has recently been brought to the forefront of our society's consciousness. Tragedies in schools across the country have led to increased awareness and scientific research into the psychological damages caused by bullying. Never think of bullying as just "kids being kids". Bullying is a serious problem. Every child deserves to grow up in a safe and comfortable school environment. Remember, children are often reluctant to talk to adults about bullying because they are ashamed. Praise your child for being brave enough to tell you what is going on. Practice what you child can say to a bully and that it is okay to report it to a trusted adult. Remember to ask questions. By engaging your child you can find out where it happened, who was involved and what happened. Comfort your child by offering verbal support as well as non-verbal support (nodding your head). If the bullying continues, be prepared to inform the school to prevent further harm. Be open to working with school authorities and/or teachers to address the issue. Together we can stop bullying!

FREE Senior Seminars! Arm yourself with valuable information that will help prevent crimes against you! Seminars will be presented by Officers and Detectives of the Fairfax County Police Department. Seminars begin at 12:30 P.M. and will last approximately 30-45 minutes. Please join us at the Sully Senior Center, 5690 Sully Road, Centreville, Virginia. Questions? Please contact PFC Tara Gerhard at 703-814-7051 or FCPDSULCPO@fairfaxcounty.gov with questions.

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014: Personal Safety and Crime Prevention
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014: Financial Crimes Prevention
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014: Cons and Scams Prevention

As children take to the streets on Halloween to trick-or-treat, their risk of being injured by motorists increases greatly. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year. Because excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, parents must be even more alert. Here are some tips for helping keep young ones safe on Halloween:

Parents: Ensure an adult or responsible individual is available to supervise children under 12 years old. Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow. Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes. Teach children to only stop at well-lit houses and to never enter a strangers home or garage. Establish a time for your child to return home. Tell children not to eat their treats until they get home. Review trick-or-treating safety precautions with your children. Make sure Halloween costumes are flame-retardant and visible with reflective material.

Trick-or-Treaters: Wear disguises that don't obstruct your vision. Avoid facemasks and use nontoxic face paint. Watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping. Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries. Keep it in your treat buckets to free up a hand. Never shine the light into anyone's eyes or at on-coming drivers. Stay on sidewalks or grass. Look both ways and listen for approaching traffic. Cross streets only at the corner. Do not cross streets between vehicles or mid-block. Trick-or-treat in a group if an adult cannot go with you. Tell your parents where you are going!

 


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