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Community Information Newsletter
June 2004

Fairfax County Police
Franconia District Station
6121 Franconia Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22310

Franconia Station (703) 922-0889
Crime Prevention Office (703) 922-8263

CITIZENS' ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The 2004 Franconia Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) Executive Board Members:

Chair: Sue Hotto (703) 354-1988 (sue.hotto@gallaudet.edu)
1st Vice Chair: Jose Saul Rubio (703) 541-1026
2nd Vice Chair: Dave Thompson (703) 922-5062
Secretary: Elizabeth Rodriguez (703) 339-4718
Treasurer: Glenn Bilger (703) 960-2956
Past Chairs: Martha Pickard (703) 339-7051
Beverly Cherkis (703) 971-2326
Chief’s Council: Woody Betts (703) 971-0520
Norm Cherkis (703) 971-2326

POLICE OFFICER OF THE MONTH

Each month the Franconia CAC recognizes an officer for his or her outstanding performance and dedication. This month we would like to recognize Officers Kim Wright, Scott Collins and Roger Henriquez.

On April 11, 2004, these officers responded to a robbery that occurred at the intersection of Franconia Road and Willowfield Way. Upon arrival, Officers Wright and Collins spoke with the two victims, a male and a female. The couple advised that they were approached by three men who implied they had a weapon and demanded money. The female victim indicated that she had no money and began screaming. The male victim began yelling at the suspects who then fled on foot. The male victim ran after the subjects for a short distance but then lost sight of them.

After obtaining a description of the suspects, Officer Wright broadcast a lookout to surrounding units. Officer Henriquez located three men walking on Franconia Road near Fleet Drive who matched the description of the lookout. Officer Henriquez confronted the subjects and detained them. Further investigation revealed that the suspects had committed the robbery. Officers Wright, Collins and Henriquez should be commended for their superior performance in handling this case. Their quick response on this call resulted in the immediate arrests of three robbery suspects.

September is National Preparedness Month and Fairfax Prepares Month

The Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council has asked the Board of Supervisors to proclaim September as "Fairfax Prepares" month. The council helps coordinate and promote the county’s four citizen corps programs: Neighborhood Watch, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Medical Reserve Team (MRC), as well as those of the American Red Cross and other organizations.

The United States Department of Homeland Security has designated September as "National Preparedness Month" and is asking Americans to get a kit, make a plan and be informed. (www.Ready.gov)

September is the third anniversary of 9/11 and the first anniversary of Hurricane Isabel. The images of Hurricane Charlie’s destructive path are fresh. This is a good time to evaluate how our communities can be better prepared for all kinds of emergencies – terrorism, technical, health, crime, weather and accidents.

The County’s Citizen Corps Council would like to encourage you and your Neighborhood Watch organization to join with your neighbors in observing Fairfax Prepares month and with millions of people across the country for National Preparedness month by planning your own programs that could include:

Sponsoring a Family/Neighborhood Preparedness Night to:

  • Learn about making a emergency supply kit;

  • Learn about making a family/neighborhood communication plan; and,

  • Be informed about the different kinds of threats.

Joining and encouraging participation in one of the County’s Citizen Corps volunteer programs to update first-aid and other emergency preparedness skills.

Being prepared to sign up for the County’s Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN) coming in October.

The council or your Neighborhood Watch coordinator can help you with speakers for your event, where to download or obtain brochures, and other information you may need.

For more information, please visit the County’s Citizen Corps Web site at www.fairfaxcountycitizencorps.org. You can also call our partners at Volunteer Fairfax at 703-324-3460. Other resources include http://www.usaonwatch.org/resource/fema.aspx

If all of us do our part in September and the months ahead, we will have a strong, safe and ready Fairfax County.

A SPECIAL VIRGINIA LICENSE PLATE

The Virginia Sheriffs' Institute is supporting the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) through a special Virginia license plate offered through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. The plate will provide funding to commemorate Virginia's fallen law enforcement heroes and support the NLEOMF.  If you live in Virginia, be sure to sign up soon, because at least 350 prepaid applications need to be submitted to the office of the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute by December 31, 2004, in order to develop and issue this special plate. 

Below please find the link for the special plate application.  The application along with a check made payable to the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute should be sent to the Institute's address - 701 East Franklin Street, Suite 706, Richmond, VA 23219.  If you have any questions, please e-mail us at dharms@virginiasheriffs.org or visit the NLEOMF's website at www.nleomf.com.

License Plate Application   ( www.virginiasheriffs.org/vsi/news/index.htm )

POLICE DEPARTMENT SERVICES

MATURE OPERATOR’S DRIVER IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (MODIP)

The Fairfax County Police Department offers residents 55 years of age and older enrollment in the Mature Operator’s Driver Improvement Program (MODIP). This eight-hour course, which provides safe driving information, is sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and is presented by certified Fairfax County Auxiliary Police Officers. Upon completion of this course, drivers are eligible for the Virginia State mandated insurance premium reduction (check with individual insurance carriers for the amount). The classes are held the second Saturday of each month at the Franconia District Station. The next MODIP class will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2004, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration is required and can be done by calling the MODIP reservations line at (703) 924-6588. The cost for this course is $10.00 per person for books and materials.

SEXUAL ASSAULT FREE AND EMPOWERED (SAFE)

In the United States a woman is assaulted every six minutes. Three out of four women will experience at least one violent crime in their lifetimes. Could you effectively defend yourself if attacked? S.A.F.E. is a women’s self-defense program that teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. The program begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance. It then progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. To learn more about S.A.F.E. or to sign up for the course, please call (703) 246-7806.

STATION SERVICES

EYE ON CRIME NEWSLETTER and WEEKLY CRIME REPORT

If you are interested in being on our mailing list or upcoming e-mail list for the Eye on Crime Newsletter or on the e-mail list for the Weekly Crime Report, please call or e-mail the crime prevention office.

HOME SECURITY ASSESSMENTS

If you would like to have a free home security assessment, please call or e-mail the Crime Prevention Office to set up an appointment.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH TRAINING

If you are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch in your community, or if you would like to receive training on how to safely perform Neighborhood Watch duties, please consider attending the next Neighborhood Watch class on September 22, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. The class will be held in the community room at the Franconia District Station. Future classes will be scheduled as needed. Please call or e-mail the crime prevention office if you are interested in attending this class or if you have any questions.

VEHICLE VIN ETCHING

If you would like to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) etched into the windows of your vehicle to reduce the risk of vehicle theft, please call or e-mail the Crime Prevention Office to schedule an appointment.

Station Commander, Captain Jim Morris fracapt@fairfaxcounty.gov
Assistant Commander, Lieutenant Butch Gamble fracapt@fairfaxcounty.gov
Crime Prevention Officers Sheri Cooke & Phil Edwards fracpo@fairfaxcounty.gov

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