West Springfield District Station Weekly Information Bulletin


Due to personnel changes, the weekly section, for some time, will not be updated on a regular basis. You can find current information for the department on our blog at http://fcpdnews.wordpress.com/.

Week of May 4, 2015

MPO Frey and McGruff Phone number:  703-644-5026, TTY 711

Address: 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152

About your Crime Prevention Officer

MPO J.T. Frey is completing his 27th year with the police department. J.T. has been assigned to the West Springfield District Station for his entire career. For 14 years, J.T. was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Section and his primary focus was the investigation of property crimes.

Under J.T.’s direction, the Crime Prevention Section at the West Springfield District Station is focused on Neighborhood Watch training and community education.

The West Springfield District Crime Prevention Office also thanks you in advance for your patience during the budget woes. 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 and all elementary and middle school related events, whether public or private have been put on hold . 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 Council. Requests for others activities will be handled on a case by case basis and we will continue to do our best to deliver our services in a timely manner.

Citizen's Advisory Committee Meetings

Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm  --  No meetings during July and August!

Topic/Speaker: Presentation from the Fairfax County Police Department Crash Reconstruction Unit.

Contact: wscacmailbox@gmail.com 

  

Citizens' Police Academy -- Register NLT July 10.

Interested in learning more about your police department?  The Citezens' Police Academy is a 10-week educational program hosted free of charge for individuals who live or work in Fairfax County.  It is designed to give participants a glimpse behind the badge, as well as providing information about training, policies, and the many units and divisions within the Fairfax County Police Department.

The next session will be held September 10 - November 14, 2015.  All classes will occur on Thursday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., except the last class.  The last class will be held on Saturday, November 14 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Class locations will rotate to various police facilities around Fairfax County.  Classes are a combination of lectures, tours, and hands-on activities.  All participants must attend at least eight of the ten weeks.  Class size is limited and all participants must undergo a background check.  For more information, or to register, click the link above.

 

Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)

Congratulations are in order for two of our West Springfield VIPS.  John Bauer has achieved 12,000 hours of volunteer service.  This is equivalent to six full-time years of work!  Additionally, Phil Schroeder has been chosen the VIPS Person of the Year.  Their awards will be presented by the Chief of Police at the Government Center on may 15.  Many thanks to both of these gentlemen for their dedication and service to the West Springfield station and the VIPS program.

 

Upcoming Neighborhood Watch Training:

Thursday, May 28th, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Pohick Library Conference Room sponsored by Edgewater Community.

 

Car Seat Checks
May 14, 21
June 11, 18
5 - 9 p.m. at the West Springfield Station
By appointment only!
To schedule an appointment, please call 703-644-7377, TTY 711 and press 0 at the recording. 


View daily Fairfax County crime reports.


Crime Prevention Tips:

DO YOU KNOW ...  

Why you should file your income tax returns as soon as possible?  In addition to making your tax preparer happy, and hopefully insuring a rapid refund, you will reduce the chance that someone will file a false return in your name.  This is an ever increasing crime, and should it happen to you, it will cause a lot of time and headaches to get them straightened out.  It is best to file electronically.  Never put a tax return, or anything containing personal information in your mailbox.  Put it in a US Postal mailbox, preferably one at the Post Office. 

What is a fast growing nationwide crime, and who is responsible for its growth?  Teen Sex Trafficking is on the rise nationwide and here in Fairfax County, as well.   Teens are being manipulated and trapped into selling sex between the time the school day ends and before they go home for dinner.  In most instances, parents are unaware of this illegal activity.  Sex trafficking is defined as the act of forcing anyone under the age of eighteen to participate in a sexual act, either for money or anything of value.  Victims are both male and female.  Gangs are getting into this crime, because it requires few startup costs, and the risks of being caught are minimal.  If caught, there is virtually no evidence, such as guns or drugs.  (To learn more about this crime, go to justaskva.org.)

What to do if you have a relative or are the caregiver of a person who wanders?  The Sheriff's Office has a program called Project Lifesaver.  The program is free, and clients include youths all the way to senior citizens.  The individual is fitted with an anklet, or bracelet, which contains a tiny transmitter.  This sends out a silent signal twenty four hours a day.  Once a wearer is confirmed as missing, the Sheriff's Office is notified, and specially trained deputies respond with tracking equipment, capable of receiving the transmitter's signal up to a mile or more away.  Tracking is usually one hundred percent successful, and the person being tracked is usually found within 30 minutes of the commencement of the track.  For information on the Project Lifesaver program, click on www.fairfaxcounty.gov/sheriff/lifesaver.htm.

That residents are still leaving valuables in their vehicles and leaving them unlocked?  Despite continued urging, folks are not locking their vehicle doors at all times, and they continue to leave things of value in both locked and unlocked vehicles.  This practice is an open invitation for thieves to rifle through an unlocked car, or break into a locked one.  Please do yourself, and the police department, a big favor by keeping your vehicle locked and removing anything of value.

That you should always take your keys and lock your vehicle while pumping gas?
 It only takes a second for a thief to slip behind the wheel and take off with your vehicle, in some cases leaving you standing there with the pump handle in your hand.  Short of taking off with your vehicle, a thief can open a door or reach in through an open window and be gone with a laptop, a purse, a cell phone or any other item of value, while your attention is focused on the gas pump. 


Remember:  As always, if you hear or see something, say something!!  Call the non-emergency police number at (703) 691-2131 immediately or 911 if appropriate.


 


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