A publication of the Alexandria Police Department Summer 2010
INSIDE THIS EDITION OFFICERS HONORED BY
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.
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.
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
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www.alexandriava.gov/enews 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
MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
EARL L. COOK, CHIEF OF P O L I C E
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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SPECIAL OLYMPICS TORCH RUN
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.
LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN FOR THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS PARTICIPANTS
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
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ALEXANDRIA CELEBRATES NATIONAL
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
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and law
• 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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POLICE SEEK HELP TO IDENTIFY SUSPECT
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
The suspect is described as a white male, 5’7” to 5’9” and weighing 150 lbs. to
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
ANNOUNCING THE 1ST ANNUAL KEKOKA MUSIC FESTIVAL
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 www.kekokamusicfestival.org, email
home. Let the sweet sounds of live music and firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 804 435-
festival camaraderie enrich your soul while you 3616.
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FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY GRADUATE
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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OFFICERS TAKE ALEXANDRIA YOUTH TO
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.
PART 1 CRIME STATISTICS
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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YEARS OF SERVICE AWARDS
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
POLICE DEPARTMENT HONOREES
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
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YEARS OF SERVICE AWARDS (continued)
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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POLICE DEPARTMENT IN ACTION
Deputy Chief Cleveland Spruill carries the
Flame of Hope during the Law Enforcement
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
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ALEXANDRIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
MISSION AND VALUES
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
Officer Judy Taylor
• Laws and Constitution
We’re on the Web! • Excellence
www.alexandriava.gov/ • Accountability
Police • Cooperation
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
Sergeant David Shepherd retired August 2 after
Keith Wilhoit serving 40 years with the Alexandria Police
Amy Flenniken Department.
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
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