Chief’s Message to the Community on Crossing Guards

Dear Community Members,

I have received a great deal of feedback from the community and your local Board of Supervisors members regarding traffic congestion in and around certain schools since the start of the school year. I share your concerns over the safety of your children, pedestrians, and commuters in these areas and have discussed these issues with the Board of Supervisors.

I want to share with you that the Police Department is taking action to address the immediate safety and congestion concerns at all schools. I have directed extra police personnel to staff specific locations in and around schools where traffic direction and control is clearly needed to support the safe crossing of children while maintaining a balance of efficient traffic flow.

In addition, our long-term strategic solution includes developing a plan to increase the job duties and training of certain crossing guard positions. This would allow some crossing guard positions to direct and control traffic, in addition to crossing children.

As your Chief of Police, I am committed to providing additional staffing at any school requiring support. We will continue assessing critical areas throughout the county and work closely with the community, including your local Board of Supervisor member, to improve safety for our schoolchildren while mitigating traffic flow issues.

We welcome your input. Your local district station commander and I will continue to follow-up on your concerns.  Should you questions or suggestions please contact me.

Sincerely,

Colonel Edwin C. Roessler, Jr.

Chief of Police

Fairfax County Police Department

 

(8/25/14) School Crossing Guard Trainings Underway

Mason Police District – Traffic Safety Officers are meeting with all Fairfax County school crossing guards and providing a “best practices safety training” this week.

The training is being held to update the almost 100 crossing guards on clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities, as well as to provide new uniforms and equipment including new stop sign paddles.

Topics covered by the updated training include: proper use of the traffic whistle, working with school safety patrols, best practices on the safe crossing of children, a review of braking distance information and responding to emergencies. Guards are given opportunities to ask questions and discuss crossing issues they’ve experienced. Many of the guards have served their communities for decades, but have not had an opportunity to attend updated trainings. Motorists who are ignore crossing guard signals or comply with safety measures near schools may be reported to uniformed officers.

The primary job of the crossing guard is to supervise the safe crossing of school children, to and from school, including:

  • To direct school children and other pedestrians, when necessary, to safely cross the street without unreasonable delay.
  • To control vehicular traffic as needed to assure a safe crossing for school children.
  • To deter school children and pedestrians from committing unlawful and unsafe acts at the school crossing.
  • To inform motorists, through proper hand signals, that pedestrians are about to use the crossing and have the right-of-way.

As a reminder, Fairfax County schools resume Tuesday, September 2, and motorists are asked to be mindful of students in their neighborhoods and build in extra commuting time.

For more information on School Crossing Guard employment, see http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/jobs/school-crossing-guard.htm.

The Daily Police Blotter for September 18, 2014

This report is published every weekday, except county holidays. The information in each report covers significant criminal incidents generally from the day before; reports published on Monday cover the preceding Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Some incidents may appear a day or two after the occurrence.

The report contains selected crimes, including animal-related incidents and property crimes. The information is organized by police district station. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in Fairfax County in the stated time frame.

Note: Information contained in the Daily Blotter is generally based on initial reports made to the police department. Follow-up investigations may reveal different or additional information.

 

ALCOHOL ENFORCEMENT

DIRECTED PATROL, 09/17/14. Officers from the Sully, Reston and Fair Oaks Police Districts patrolled the county searching for drunk drivers. One driver was charged with DWI and thirty-eight summonses issued.

 

SULLY DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

5700 block of Barrymore Road, cash from vehicle.

12800 block of Chapel Street, property from vehicle.

14900 block of Greymont Drive, merchandise from business.

 

MOUNT VERNON DISTRICT STATION

BURGLARY, 8200 block of, 09/17/14. A resident reported someone entered the residence and took property.

LARCENIES:

8400 block of Frye Road, beverages from business.

8500 block of Richmond Highway, phone from business.

2500 block of Sherwood Hall Lane, purse from library.

3300 block of Southgate Drive, phone from vehicle.

STOLEN VEHICLES:

8100 block of Norwood Drive, 1995 Honda Accord.

 

MCLEAN DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

1900 block of Chain Bridge Road, phone from vehicle.

1900 block of Chain Bridge Road, electronic equipment from business.

2800 block of Hunter Road, property from residence.

2000 block of International Drive, merchandise from business.

2900 block of Modano Court, wallet from residence. 

 

MASON DISTRICT STATION

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 3000 block of Patrick Henry Drive, 09/17/14. 1:39 a.m. The victim was walking on the sidewalk when a man exposed himself. Bay D. Peters was arrested and charged with Indecent Exposure.

LARCENIES:
6500 block of Columbia Pike, equipment from vehicle.

5700 block of Leesburg Pike, electronic equipment from business.

3500 block of South Jefferson Street, purse from business.

 

RESTON DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

9800 block of Faust Drive, purse from vehicle.

1800 block of Michael Faraday Drive, wallet from business.

12200 block of Sunset Hills Road, license plates from vehicle.

 

FRANCONIA DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES: 

7600 block of Hayfield Road, phone from school.

 

WEST SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT STATION

BURGLARY, 7800 block of, 09/17/14. A resident reported someone entered the residence and took property.

LARCENIES:

9500 block of Burdett Road, phone from business.

7800 block of Harrowgate Circle, property from residence.

8900 block of Highgrove Court, cash and property from vehicles.

10200 block of Leslie Court, property from residence.

7300 block of Little River Turnpike, wallet from business.

9600 block of Mason Bluff Court, wallet from vehicle.

6200 block of Rolling Road, phones from business.

8300 block of Terra Grande Avenue, property from residence. 

STOLEN VEHICLES:

9200 block of Cardinal Forest Lane, 1998 Honda Civic CRX.

 

FAIR OAKS DISTRICT STATION

None reported.

 

UPDATE: One Week Later; No Additional Large Cat/Cougar Sightings

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Animal Services Division has continued to monitor Riverside Elementary School and the immediate area as a precautionary measure based on last week’s reports of a possible cougar sighting.

To date, there has been no documented evidence of a cougar based on field investigation. Trail cameras were installed in proximity to the school to monitor wildlife presence.

Additionally, Animal Control Officers have patrolled the property on foot looking for evidence of animal activity consistent with a cougar.

Currently, the investigation has only documented the presence of white-tailed deer, fox, and domestic dogs.

If residents encounter wildlife or animal-related safety concerns, please call the police non-emergency line at (703) 691-2131 to be connected with Animal Control. If this is a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

If you have potentially related information or photographic evidence to the animal sighting last week, send to fcpdwildliferesources@fairfaxcounty.gov  with contact information.

9/12/14 UPDATE: No Additional Cougar Sightings

Animal Control Officers and personnel from the Animal Services Division have been in the Mount Vernon Road area throughout the day. They have neither received nor observed any additional signs of large cat activity, nor received any reports of sightings. They have reviewed footage from surveillance cameras that were placed in the area overnight and there was nothing suspicious present. Additionally, the agency has been in contact with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and made them aware of the possible sightings.

Officials will continue to monitor the situation. Animal Services staff reminds residents: If you see this animal, do not approach it. Get to a safe location and call the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. An animal control officer will be dispatched.

9/11/14 Possible Cougar Sighting in Fairfax County Precautions Being Taken

Over the past 48 hours, Fairfax County Animal Control has received two reports of early-morning sightings of a large cat, possibly a cougar, near Riverside Elementary School on Old Mount Vernon Road in Alexandria. Animal Control Officers searched the area of the reported sightings but found no evidence confirming the presence of the animal.

The cat was described sand or orange color and was estimated to be the size of a large dog with a tail equal to the length of its body.

The Police Department’s Wildlife Management Specialist is working with Animal Control to set up wildlife cameras around the area and animal control officers will be patrolling the area tonight and early tomorrow morning, in case the animal is still in the area. Teachers and parents at this school have been made aware and are taking precautions to ensure that children are kept safe.

If you see this animal, do not approach it. Get to a safe location and call the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. An animal control officer will be dispatched.

Read more about cougars in our region: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/information/?s=050112

The Daily Police Blotter for September 17, 2014

This report is published every weekday, except county holidays. The information in each report covers significant criminal incidents generally from the day before; reports published on Monday cover the preceding Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Some incidents may appear a day or two after the occurrence.

The report contains selected crimes, including animal-related incidents and property crimes. The information is organized by police district station. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in Fairfax County in the stated time frame.

Note: Information contained in the Daily Blotter is generally based on initial reports made to the police department. Follow-up investigations may reveal different or additional information.

 

ALCOHOL ENFORCEMENT

There will be a SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT Saturday night, September 20, 2014, in the Franconia Police District.

 

SULLY DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

12700 block of Chapel Street, property from vehicle.

12600 block of Water Street, property from vehicle.

 

MOUNT VERNON DISTRICT STATION

None reported.

 

MCLEAN DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

1900 block of Chain Bridge Road, phone from business.

11200 block of James Swart Circle, wallet from business.

7500 block of Leesburg Pike, merchandise from business.

2900 block of Prosperity Avenue, equipment from vehicle.

 

MASON DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:
6100 block of Arlington Boulevard, purse from business.

4100 block of Hummer Road, beverages from business.

6300 block of Lincolnia Road, bicycle from residence.

 

RESTON DISTRICT STATION

BURGLARY, 2100 block of Monaghan Drive, 09/16/14. A resident reported someone entered the residence and took property.

LARCENIES:

11600 block of Plaza America Drive, electronic device from business.

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, bicycle from business.

 

FRANCONIA DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

9000 block of Marie Court, wallet from vehicle.

 

WEST SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT STATION

None reported.

 

FAIR OAKS DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

13300 block of Franklin Farm Road, merchandise from business.

 

Robbery Suspect Arrested, Domestic Dog Shot

Around 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, a 20-year man was in a parked car with several other individuals in the 11500 block of Fairfax Station Road. Someone in the car displayed a handgun and took money and property from the victim. The victim then exited the car and the suspects drove away. The victim then contacted police. There were no injuries.

Following investigative leads, police located a suspect in this robbery at a residence in the 4100 block of Morrisons Way. The suspect was contacted by phone and he came outside to surrender. While placing the suspect in custody a pit bull dog exited the house and charged the officers. One of the officers then shot the dog. After completing the arrest, officers were able to contain the wounded dog and transport it to a local veterinarian clinic. The dog is expected to recover.

This case remains under active investigation at this time.

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