NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 - City of Alexandria

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A publication of the Alexandria Police Department                                                                                Summer 2010

2     Message from the Chief               ALEXANDRIA OPTIMIST CLUB
3     Special Olympics Torch Run
                                          On June 23, at 12:13 A.M., Police
4     National Night Out                  received a call for a car crash. The
                                          caller reported the car was on fire
6     FBI Academy Graduate                with the occupant trapped inside.

6     Hack Office Number Change           Officer Humberto “Alex” Trapero
      Officers Take Youth to              and Sergeant Christopher Flood
8                                         were first to arrive on the scene.
      Nationals Game
                                          They found a car in a yard,
      Crime Statistics                    smashed against a tree with the       Officer Trapero and Sergeant
8                                         car’s engine was fully engulfed in    Flood stand with Lieutenant
                                          flames. The fire was creeping         Mark Bergin as they wait to
9     Years of Service Awards
                                          outside and crawling up the driver’s receive their award.
11 Police Department in Action            side of the car. The driver was
                                          visible through the smoke, but was not moving.
12 Retirements
                                          Without regard for their own safety, Officer Trapero and Sergeant
                                          Flood approached the heat and growing flames to rescue the driver.
ACCESS ALEXANDRIA                         They discovered the car doors were locked. The driver was not
                                          responsive. Officer Trapero retrieved a pry bar from his cruiser and
The goal of Access Alexandria is to       smashed through the passenger side window. Together, Officer
engage the community in various           Trapero and Sergeant Flood dragged the unconscious driver out the
platforms, including social media         passenger door. As they removed the driver, a small explosion threw
websites where people are                 debris which hit Officer Trapero on the head and back. However, this
participating in rapidly increasing       did not stop him or Sergeant Flood from moving the driver to safety
numbers. The objective is to strengthen   behind some cars parked nearby.
City responsiveness and transparency
by using multiple tools to inform the
community about City events, programs,    After the driver had been transported to Inova Alexandria Hospital,
services, emergencies and more.           Sergeant Flood noticed he had sustained minor burns to his face and
                                          Officer Trapero found lacerations on one of his arms. Neither chose to
•Follow the City on Twitter               report these injuries, considering them to be insignificant. Their injuries,
  (AlexandriaVAGov)                       however, were proof of the danger they overcame. They deliberately
•Join us on Facebook                      placed themselves at great personal risk to rescue a stranger in need.
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•Sign up for eNews Alerts at              For their brave and selfless acts, Sergeant Flood and Officer Trapero               were honored by the Alexandria Optimist Club on July 28 in a
                                          ceremony held at Belle Haven Country Club.
                                                         The Alexandria Police Department is an accredited law enforcement agency and meets the high
                                                                          Standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies

Now that we are officially halfway through the year,        visitors. These relationships are important to us and
it is a good time to look back at the first six months of   are our greatest asset. On page 8 you will read of
2010 and reflect on the effectiveness of our Police         one example in which officers took the time to take
Service. Violent crime remains down. Additionally, the      30 Alexandria Youth to a Nationals game. This
Police Department and residents continue to enjoy           exemplifies how the Alexandria Police Department
historic 43 year lows in crime throughout the City.         strives to create new and lasting relationships in the
                                                            hopes of creating a greater and safer Alexandria.
While we are proud of these historic lows, we know
there is more we can do to improve the quality of life      Peace,
for residents and visitors. Everyday, members of our
department strive to develop new and innovative
ways to identify, track and combat crime.

However, we know that combating crime is only part
of creating a better community. Our ability to              Earl L. Cook
improve the quality of life heavily depends on our          Chief of Police
relationships with residents, business owners and
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On June 10, the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run,
benefiting Special Olympics, passed through the
Northern Virginia area. The run began at the Iwo
Jima Memorial in Arlington County at 9:30 A.M. and
ended at the Prince William County line on Richmond
Highway around 3:30 P.M.

At 10:20 A.M., the Flame of Hope arrived in
Alexandria. Runners from the Police Department,
Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office were handed
the torch at the marina at Daingerfield Island by
runners from Arlington County. They carried it for
four miles to Jones Point Park. Here the torch was
passed to runners from Fairfax County.

The next day, the Flame of Hope continued its              Runners in this year’s Special Olympics Torch Run
journey through Virginia. At 10 A.M. officers from         completed a four mile course from the marina at
the Richmond area gathered at the State Capitol            Daingerfield Island to Jones Point Park.
and ran the final leg. At 7:45 P.M., the officers
passed the Flame of Hope to a Special Olympics
athlete, who lit the Olympic Cauldron and officially
opened this year’s games.

By the end of its journey, more than 2,000 officers
carried the Flame of Hope over more than 1,900
miles across Virginia. Arlington County Police,
Arlington Sheriff’s Office, Falls Church Police, Fairfax
City Police, Fairfax County Police, Fairfax County
Sheriff’s Office, Herndon Police, Loudon County
Sheriff’s Office, Metro Washington Airport Authority,
NOVA Community College Police, Pentagon Police,
Prince William County Police, Prince William’s
Sheriff’s Office, United States Park Police, Vienna
Police, Army C.I.D., Fort Belvoir Military Police and
Quantico Military Police all participated.                 The runners’ route took them down Royal Street
                                                           and past City Hall.

    Deputy Chief Eddie Reyes and son, Christian            Officer Eric Barnes
    Deputy Chief Cleveland Spruill                         Officer Jeff Harrington
    Sergeant Shahram Fard                                  Jody Donaldson
    Sergeant Chris Ware                                    Rian Duke
    Sergeant Chris Flood                                   Jackie Soliz
    Detective Betty Sixsmith                               Deputy Sheriff Earlene
    Detective Orlando Santiago                             Captain Dottie Pope
    Detective Victor Ignacio                               Captain Wendy Webb
    Officer Misti Johnson                                  Rose Barnes
    Officer Bruni Confresi-Toro                            Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Shelby Caputo
    Officer Richard Magnum                                 George Mason University Police Officer Emily Ross
    Officer Garry Ground and wife, Allie

SUMMER 2010                                                                        Page 3 | ALEXANDRIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
On Tuesday, August 3, from 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.,
City officials partnered with Alexandria Police to
celebrate the 27th Annual National Night Out. The
special celebration was part of a nationwide crime
and drug prevention effort sponsored by the
National Association of Town Watch (NATW).

To heighten awareness of crime prevention, residents
in more than 27 Alexandria neighborhoods turned on
their porch lights, hosted neighborhood cook-outs and
sponsored block parties in support of National Night
Out. Mayor William D. Euille, City Manager James
K. Hartmann, members of City Council and Chief of
Police Earl Cook reaffirmed the City’s commitment to
fighting crime by visiting residents throughout the
                                                        K-9 Officer Carlos Rolon and Ajax entertain a
                                                        group of children at Charles Houston Recreation
McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog, the K-9 Unit, Bike
Patrol Unit and Motor Unit toured neighborhoods         Center.
and offered special demonstrations.

National Night Out, a year-long community building
campaign, is designed to:

•   Heighten crime prevention awareness;
•   Generate support for, and participation in, local
    anti-crime programs;
•   Strengthen neighborhood spirit and law
    enforcement-community partnerships;
•   Send a message to criminals letting them know
    that neighborhoods are organized and fighting

“National Night Out is an opportunity for the police
department to strengthen our relationship with the      K-9 Sergeant Cindy Scott stops to tie a child’s shoe
community and thank the residents for their vigilance   during National Night Out.
and their dedication to keeping Alexandria a safe
place to live, work and visit,” says Chief Cook.

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                              Alexandria Police are asking for the public’s help in
                              identifying the suspect from a robbery that occurred on
                              July 18 in the 5200 block of Seminary Road.

                              At approximately 10:00 P.M., the victim was robbed.
                              The suspect stole the victim’s purse and ran south across
                              Seminary Road. The suspect may be involved in a
                              landscaping business.

                              The suspect is described as a white male, 5’7” to 5’9” and weighing 150 lbs. to
                              170 lbs.

                              A reward up to $1,000.00 is being offered for the suspect’s identity. Detectives
                              would like to remind the public that they can remain anonymous. If you have any
                              information concerning this case, please contact Detective Tom Buckley at

     Proceeds help fund scholarships for Alexandria kids to attend the Alexandria Police Youth Camp

                         Saturday, September 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.
      Live from the Riverfront Stage at Camp Kekoka on Indian Creek in Northern Neck, Virginia

   The Kekoka Music Festival features live acoustic
   rock and country blues from original artists Jonas
   Smith, Robbin Thompson, Jenny Owens Young,
   Colleen Burke, Mary and the Janes, Wes Charlton,
   and Jim Wright. Come by land or sea, rain or

   Tickets are $25, under 12 free. Advanced tickets
   only- available online

   Cabin rental and Tent Campsites are available on
   site. Reserve via the website. Delicious local            help give a kid the summer of a lifetime.
   seafood, BBQ, burgers, and various beverages
   available for purchase. Fabulous music, great
   food, good times for outdoor concert lovers of all        For more information about Camp Kekoka and
   ages. Feel free to bring umbrellas, chairs, blankets,     the Kekoka Music Festival, visit the website
   and kids but please leave coolers and pets at             at, email
   home. Let the sweet sounds of live music and    , or call 804 435-
   festival camaraderie enrich your soul while you           3616.

SUMMER 2010                                                                         Page 5 | ALEXANDRIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
                                  The Alexandria Police      Sergeant in 1979 and worked in Patrol,
                                  Department is pleased to   Communications and Internal Investigations before
                                  announce that Captain      being promoted to Lieutenant in 1989. In his rank as
                                  William Johnson recently   Lieutenant, Johnson worked in Patrol and at different
                                  graduated from the         times, was Commander of Special Operations,
                                  241st session of the FBI   Vice/Narcotics and Internal Investigations. He was
                                  National Academy in        promoted to his current rank of Captain in 2004 and
                                  Quantico, Virginia.        served as Patrol Commander before being promoted
                                                             to the Commander of the Criminal Investigations
                             Johnson was one of 260          Section in 2006.
                             law enforcement officers
                             who graduated on June           Internationally known for its academic excellence, the
                             18, 2010 from the 10–           FBI National Academy program, held at the FBI
                             week training program.          Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced
                             The most recent session         investigative, management and fitness training for
                             included men and women          selected officers who have proven records as
from local county and state agencies, the District of        professionals within their agencies. Training for the
Columbia, 25 countries, four military organizations          program is provided by the FBI Academy
and four federal civilian organizations.                     instructional staff, special agents and other staff
Johnson is a 35-year veteran of the Police                   members holding advanced degrees, many of whom
Department. He started his career in 1975 as an              are recognized internationally in their fields of
officer in the Patrol Bureau. He was promoted to             expertise.

                       Did You Know…
  The number for the Hack Inspector’s Office has changed. As of
  July 20, 2010, the new number is 703.746.6240.

  The primary responsibility of the Hack Inspector’s Office is
  enforcement and regulation of taxi companies, taxi drivers and
  taxi cabs operating in the City of Alexandria and Ronald
  Reagan National Airport under City license.

  The Hack Inspectors process applications and conduct
  background investigations of taxi driver applicants. The Office
  maintains files and records applicants and drivers and issues
  credentials to taxi drivers. The City taxi industry supports over
  1,000 active drivers.

  The Hack Inspector’s Office also investigates complaints reported
  by customers. It conducts vehicle inspections, verifies the accuracy                                          of
  meters installed in taxi cabs and completes the licensing process
  for taxi cabs.

  The Hack Inspector’s Office has a staff of three Hack Inspectors
  and one Clerical Assistant.

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On Thursday, July 29, members of the Alexandria
Police Department's COPS (Community Oriented
Policing Service) Unit took 30 Alexandria youth to
the Washington Nationals Game in Washington, DC.
The tickets were donated by the Washington
Nationals to the Alexandria Police Youth Camp and
the Camp donated them for the COPS Officers to
take the kids to the game. All of the kids were from
the following neighborhoods; James Bland, Andrew
Adkins and Hopkins Tancil.

The children were able to witness the Nationals beat
the Atlanta Braves 5-3, despite having an hour and a
half rain delay. It was a fun day for all.                                 Officers and 30 Alexandria Youth posed for a
                                                                           group picture before going to the Nationals Game.
The Potomac Riverboat Company provided
transportation to and from the Waterfront in                              This is a great example of our partnership with the
Alexandria and Nationals Park in Washington, DC.                          community and with our local area businesses.

OFFENSE                                                   2009                           2010                          % CHANGE

Homicide                                                                  2                               2                                 0%

Rape                                                                      7                               8                              14.29

Robbery                                                                 54                              64                               18.52

Aggravated Assault                                                      51                              60                               17.65

Burglary                                                               151                            133                               -11.92

Larceny                                                             1,348                           1,348                                      0

Auto Theft                                                             163                            153                                 -6.13

Total                                                                1,776                          1,768                              -0.45%

*Crime statistics are for the period of January 1 through June 30, 2010, and are compared to the same period of the previous year. The numbers in
the chart are raw and unverified. They are not the final crime statistic values for 2010 and may be changed by our review process.

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On June 24, employees of the Police Department
were honored for their years of service to the City.
The ceremony, held at the George Washington
Masonic Memorial, recognized employees from
departments throughout the City of Alexandria for
their tireless and dedicated work.

                                                       Chief Cook receives his 30 years of service award.

Officer Gary Ground served as the ceremony’s
official photographer. Here he takes a picture of
Vice Mayor Kerry Donley, City Manager James
Hartmann and Mayor William D. Euille giving a
City employee his award.
                                                       City employees line up to receive their 10 year

Thomas Buckley                12/21/1989        20      Edward Abell                 9/4/1979             30
Stanley Bullock               3/15/2004         5       Raul Aleman                  12/28/1989           20
Steven Carr                   8/29/1994         15      Ray Allen                    11/30/1994           15
Sean Casey                    7/19/2004         5       Bartholomew Bailey           5/2/1994             15
Brad Cecchetti                7/19/2004         5       Donna Barnes                 7/17/1989            20
David Chamnaiphol             12/6/2004         5       Welton Barnes                7/12/2004            5
Chawanna Charity-Roberts      3/27/1989         20      Jason Bell                   7/26/1999            10
Earl Cook                     1/9/1979          30      Michael Booth                12/28/1989           20
Jason Coxwell                 7/19/2004         5       Melvin Brooks                1/15/1999            10
David Cutting                 8/29/1994         15      Burke Brownfeld              5/24/2004            5
Paula Czarnowsky              6/22/1979         30      Cheryl Davis                 7/6/1989             20

SUMMER 2010                                                                  Page 9 | ALEXANDRIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
Christine Deibes                 12/20/2004   5    Frank McGrigg        7/7/1989       20
Gwendolyn Diggs                  1/15/1999    10   Edward Milner        1/21/1989      20
Oliver Dunn                      1/20/2004    5    John Nasibi          6/26/1989      20
William Ebling                   12/1/2004    5
                                                   Michael Nugent       1/20/2004      5
Irwin Ellman                     7/16/1984    25
                                                   Charles Pak          4/28/1989      20
Linda Erwin                      7/23/1984    25
                                                   Sang Pak             5/2/1994       15
Bennie Evans                     12/3/1994    15
                                                   Betty Jean Palmer    3/12/1979      30
Christopher Flood                3/17/1989    20
                                                   Daniel Plank         7/19/2004      5
Gerald Ford                      8/29/1994    15
James Fowler                     3/7/1994     15   Sherry Proctor       1/15/1979      30

Tuesdale Fuller                  1/26/2004    5    Ford Rhee            1/20/2004      5
Richard Garcia                   7/19/2004    5    Frank Riley          7/18/2004      5
Dianne Gittins                   10/2/1989    20   Charlotte Ross       10/26/1964     45
Sadie Gordon                     9/7/2004     5    Monte Rosson         11/6/1969      40
Anthony Gorham                   7/12/1999    10   Wilbur Salas         12/27/1994     15
Joseph Green                     8/29/1994    15
                                                   Derek Santos         5/24/2004      5
Thomas Ground                    1/20/2004    5
                                                   Gerald Schratz       6/21/2004      5
Sandra Hein                      8/31/1989    20
                                                   Daniel Schultz       3/17/1989      20
William Hein                     4/28/1989    20   Luis Segura          7/19/2004      5
Simone Henderson                 1/12/2004    5    Nejat Sharifi        7/6/2004       5
Ashley Hildebrandt               3/22/2004    5    Neal Sharma          12/21/1989     20
David Hoffmaster                 7/9/1979     30   Betty Sixsmith       1/15/1999      10
Tamara Hooper                    5/15/1989    20   Christian Stanton    7/12/1999      10
Lemeul Houston                   7/12/1999    10   KathrynMarie Stern   1/15/1999      10
Harry Hughes                     2/2/2004     5    Jason Story          1/20/2004      5
Cynthia Hurley                   7/19/2004    5    Patricia Sutton      9/11/1979      30
Dale Johnson                     3/1/2004     5    Judy Taylor          4/13/1989      20
Michael Jones                    5/14/1979    30   Brian Thompson       8/31/1989      20
Anton Keith                      7/19/2004    5    Ian Torrance         7/19/2004      5
Harry Kruckow                    3/15/2004    5    Juan Torres          3/17/1989      20
Shawn Lasher                     3/22/2004    5    Matthew Weinert      3/15/2004      5
Leslie Lewis                     5/17/1999    10   Seth Weinstein       7/12/1999      10
Shuet Lui                        1/12/2004    5    Verndel White        9/5/1989       20
Philip Maddox                    6/25/1979    30   Matthew Wilson       7/19/2004      5
Deborah Manns                    2/11/1989    20   Angela Wrenn         7/26/1999      10
Esmond Marvray                   1/20/2004    5    Alma Zepeda          1/20/2004      5
Curtis McClish                   12/21/1989   20
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Deputy Chief Cleveland Spruill carries the
Flame of Hope during the Law Enforcement
Torch Run.

                                                 Officer Chuck Seckler shows off the
                                                 Special Operation Team’s vehicle during
                                                 National Night out on August 3.

Lieutenant Len Fouch, Officers William Taylor,
Keith Burkholder, Nick Esposito, Captain
Tammy Hooper, Sergeant Monica Lisle,
Officers Matt Wilson and Christian Stanton
prepare to take 30 Alexandria Youth to a
National game on July 29.

                                                 Deputy Chief Eddie Reyes, PIO Jody
The Motor Unit went to events throughout the     Donaldson and Secretary Rian Duke gear
City during National Night Out.
SUMMER 2010                                      up for the Law Enforcement Torch Run on
                                                               Page 11 | ALEXANDRIA POLICE DEPART-
                                                 June 10.
                                                       ALEXANDRIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
                                                                   MISSION AND VALUES
 Alexandria Police
 Department                              The mission of the Alexandria Police Department is to provide competent, courteous,
 2003 Mill Road                          professional and community-oriented police services. We are committed to maintain-
                                         ing and enhancing a strong and productive partnership with the community to con-
 Alexandria, VA 22314                    tinue to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in all of Alexandria’s neighbor-
 703.838.4444                            hoods. We are dedicated to protecting life and property while assuring fair and equal
                                         treatment to everyone.

                                         Central to the Department’s mission are the values that guide its work and decisions.
 Ashley Hildebrandt                      We, the men and women of the Alexandria Police Department, value:
                                         • Human Life
                                         • Dignity
 Ashley Hildebrandt
                                         • Integrity
 Officer Judy Taylor
                                         • Laws and Constitution
 We’re on the Web!                       • Excellence                   • Accountability
 Police                                  • Cooperation
                                         • Problem-solving
                                         • Ourselves

             The Alexandria Police Department honors its family fighting for our country overseas: Ji Tam

2010 RETIREMENTS                                                   SERGEANT DAVE SHEPHERD
Gregg Shields                                                      RETIRES AFTER 40 YEARS
Willie McMeans
                                                                   Sergeant David Shepherd retired August 2 after
Keith Wilhoit                                                      serving 40 years with the Alexandria Police
Amy Flenniken                                                      Department.
Amanda Brown
Jerry Schratz                                                      For his years of service and unwavering dedication
Susan McCall                                                       to this department, we thank Sergeant Shepherd and
David Shepherd                                                     wish him luck throughout his future endeavors.

                                                                   (left) Sergeant Shepherd as a cadet in 1969 (right)
                                                                   Sergeant Shepherd, 40 years later, during his
                                                                   retirement luncheon.
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