Suspicious Death in Culmore Area

Around 2:07 a.m. on Monday, September 1, police were called to the 6000 block of Bellview Drive in the Culmore area, for a report of a suspicious person. Upon arrival, police discovered the body of an adult male in a parking lot with trauma to the upper body. Police are investigating this as a suspicious death, however there is nothing to indicate any threat to the general public. The exact manner and cause of death will be determined the Office of the Medical Examiner.

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Back-To-School Safety Reminders

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Fairfax County Police urge motorists to be extra vigilant for pedestrians and bicyclists as county schools resume classes Tuesday, September 2.

Commuters should expect increased congestion throughout the week and build time into their schedules to accommodate for the traditionally heavy time period. Residents may also notice police officers posted in school zones and near bus stops helping ensure pedestrian safety as well as safe loading and unloading of students.

Along with our traffic safety partners at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), police ask residents to remember that fewer hours of daylight make it harder for motorists to see children. Nationally, more school-age pedestrians are killed between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. than any other times of day.

Other back-to-school safety tips from NHTSA include the following:

School Bus: School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Even so, kids need to be especially careful around the school bus “danger zone” – 10 feet in front, 10 feet behind, and on each side of the bus. Kids should:

  • Wait five giant steps from the road and when the school bus arrives, wait until the driver says to board.
  • When boarding the school bus, quickly find a seat, sit facing the front and do what the school bus driver says to do.
  • When exiting the bus, look out for cars. When off the bus, take 5 giant steps from the school bus.
  • Look left-right-left to make sure no cars are coming and wait for the driver to signal it’s safe to cross.

Walking: Pedestrians 10 years old and younger should be accompanied by an adult or young adult on their way to and from school. Kids should:

  • Walk on the sidewalk and if there is none, walk facing traffic.
  • Not push or shove others when you walk.
  • When crossing the street, look left-right-left for cars. Do not cross if a car is coming and use a crosswalk if available.

Biking: The two best protections when biking to and from school are a properly fitted bicycle helmet and a good grasp of traffic safety rules. Kids should:

  • Always wear a helmet and make sure to buckle the chin strap.
  • Ride along streets with low traffic volume and at lower speeds.
  • Always ride in the same direction as traffic, and stop at all stop signs and signals.
  • Never use headphones or cell phones while riding.

Car: Children should always ride in the back seat. Children in the front seat are 40 percent more likely to be injured in crashes.

Police remind drivers that when bus lights and stop signs are activated, vehicles must stop in both directions, unless they are separated from the bus by a median.

In 2013, there were a total of 9,587 motor vehicle crashes in Fairfax County. Please drive with care.

Traffic safety is a high priority for the Fairfax County Police Department. To learn more about traffic safety issues contact Master Police Officer Allie Eggers at 703-280-0530.

Police Motorcycle Safety Competition Results Posted

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Thank you to all who joined us at the 35th Annual Mid-Atlantic Police Motorcycle Competition last weekend at the Dulles Expo Center. Your presence and support was very much appreciated by all.

The Fairfax County Police Motor Squad, visiting agencies, and the public helped to raise $7,500. for the Make A Wish foundation.

Due to hard work, ongoing training, dedicated efforts and consistent teamwork, FCPD competition results of Fairfax County Police Motor officers was impressive, including:

  • Overall Award
    • 1st Place “Mr. Rodeo”: MPO Kevin Palizzi
    • 4th Place: Sgt. John Harris
  • Overall Award (over 50yo)
    • 2nd Place: Sgt. John Harris
  • Overall Team Award
    • 1st Place: MPO Brian Plaugher, PFC Rick Mattison, MPO Kevin Palizzi, Sgt. John Harris
  • Division II Expert – Timed Run:
    • 1st Place: MPO Brian Plaugher
    • 2nd Place: PFC Rick Mattison
    • 3rd Place: MPO Kevin Palizzi
  • Team Slow-Ride:
    • 1st Place: PFC Harold Morris, MPO Brian Plaugher, MPO Scott Bates, MPO Chad Burrow
    • 2nd Place: MPO Kevin Palizzi, PFC Brandon McAleese, Sgt. John Harris, PFC Rick Mattison
    • 4th Place: PFC Charles Wolfert, Sgt. Joe Ankers, PFC Dan Horton, PFC Bill Brett
    • 5th Place: PFC Ben Kushner, PFC Charles Reinhard, MPO Dan Rosario, PFC Mark Pollard
  • Partner Ride:
    • 1st Place: MPO Chad Burrow / MPO Kevin Palizzi
    • 2nd Place: PFC Harold Morris / PFC Brandon McAleese
    • 3rd Place: MPO Scott Bates / MPO Brian Plaugher
    • 4th Place: PFC Charles Reinhard / PFC Charles Wolfert
    • 5th Place: Sgt. John Harris / PFC Rick Mattison
  • Challenge Ride:
    • 1st Place: MPO Kevin Palizzi
    • 2nd Place: PFC Charles Wolfert
    • 3rd Place: PFC Charles Reinhard
    • 5th Place: MPO Scott Bates

 

Hope to see all of you next year.

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Police Motorcycle Safety Competition at the Dulles Expo Center

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Take the family to the Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly 20151, this Friday and Saturday and see officers from the Fairfax County Police Motor Squad participate with motorcycle officers from around the country and Canada as they display their skills and abilities in the oldest, longest running police motorcycle safety competition in the nation. The event is free and open to the public. The “Challenge Ride” begins at noon on Friday. The competition begins at 7:30 on Saturday and continues throughout the day. There will be vendors on site. Funds raised will be donated to Make a Wish Foundation. For more Information go to www.mapmrc.com.

The Mid-Atlantic Police Motorcycle Rodeo was the “brain child” of Corporal A.D. Johnson, a motorcycle police officer with the Prince George’s County Police Department, Prince George’s County Maryland. In 1979, the first rodeo was held, to enhance the skills and working relationships of the motorcycle officers in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Tragically in 1982, Corporal Johnson was killed in an on-duty motorcycle accident. In the spirit of Corporal A.D. Johnson, the organization continues today, heading into its 34th year of operation.

The rodeos have continued throughout the years, through the efforts of many dedicated volunteers—mostly police officers, but also many civilians, whose help has made it possible. As the rodeo grew, it became apparent that the committee would need to grow as well, to handle the increasing demands placed upon it. Many new agencies became interested in participating, and the committee was asked to assist with establishing other training events in the United States and Canada. The committee was incorporated in 1988 as The Mid-Atlantic Police Motorcycle Riding Committee, Inc. with its emphasis on increasing the “safe” operation of police motorcycles and enhancing the skills of individual officers.

The Mid-Atlantic Police Motorcycle Riding Committee, Inc. (MAPMRC, Inc.) continues to be dedicated to increasing “inter-departmental” communications between police agencies everywhere. It is the desire of the MAPMRC, Inc. to provide better service to the public, not only through encouraging safer motorcycle operation, but also with providing an avenue through which officers would have personal contacts with other officers in various areas, providing an invaluable investigative resource.

In 1998, the committee voted to take on COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.) as our main charity. In 2013 we adopted the Make A Wish charity.  Through our annual police motorcycle training event held each year and with the raffle of a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, and with the support of other donations, the MAPMRC has been able to donate over $255,000 to COPS and $5,000 to the Make A Wish Foundation. It would not be possible without your support!

In the future, the Mid-Atlantic Police Motorcycle Riding Committee, Inc. hopes to continue to grow and to be of service to motorcycle police officers at large, promoting safe riding skills and increased cooperation between agencies.

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The Daily Police Blotter for August 29, 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.

SULLY DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

4300 block of Chantilly Shopping Center, merchandise from business.

6400 block of Clifton Road, laptop and property from vehicle.

13200 block of Johnny Moore Lane, badge from vehicle.

STOLEN VEHICLES:

13900 block of Barnsley Place, 2003 Ford Econoline.

 

MOUNT VERNON DISTRICT STATION

ROBBERY, 6400 block of Richmond Highway, 08/28/14, 11:49 a.m. The victim was walking when she was approached from behind by a man. The suspect took property from the victim. The victim did not require rescue. The suspect was described as black, 18 to 20 years of age, and about 5 feet 8 inches tall.

LARCENIES:

Mohawk Lane/Washington Avenue, bicycle from residence.

7600 block of Richmond Highway, merchandise from business.

7700 block of Richmond Highway, materials from business.

 

MCLEAN DISTRICT STATION

BURGLARY, 6800 block of Lupine Lane, 08/28/14. A resident reported someone entered the residence and took property.

LARCENIES:

7300 block of Lee Highway, wallet from vehicle.

7600 block of Matera Street, purse from vehicle.

1900 block of Old Gallows Road, wallet from business.

2200 block of Pimmit Drive, wallet from vehicle.

STOLEN VEHICLES:

8200 block of Peridot Drive, 2008 Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle

 

MASON DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

5800 block of Crossroads Center, purse from vehicle.

3300 block of Gallows Road, cash from business.

3400 block of Spring Lane, property from vehicle.

 

RESTON DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

1900 block of Belmont Ridge Court, laptop from vehicle.

 

FRANCONIA DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

6100 block of Castletown Way, property from vehicle.

5800 block of Kingstowne Center, merchandise from business.

6000 block of Knights Ridge Way, cash from business.

Waldren Drive/Whitly Way, license plate from vehicle.

 

WEST SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

Bauer Drive/Burling Wood Drive, license plate from vehicle.

 

FAIR OAKS DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

13800 block of Redskin Drive, property from business.

 

Neighborhood Speeding Campaign Kicks Off

“Slow Down: You Live Here. We Live Here”

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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, FCPD leaders and dozens of homeowner association and Neighborhood Watch residents gathered today to kick off a new community-wide speed initiative at the FCPD driver training track in Chantilly.

The new campaign “Slow Down: You Live Here. We Live Here” effort aims to make people more alert of the dangers of neighborhood speeding. Funds have been allocated to address the speed issue from educational and enforcement perspectives.

The Police Department is purchasing eight new radar messaging signs that will be deployed across problem speed spots in the County. These devices alert a motorist as to the speed they are traveling and are designed for increased awareness and education. They will be mounted to posted speed limit signs. Additional campaign elements include a new neighborhood toolkit, to include 082814Speed1

yard signs with the campaign logo and a series of public service announcement videos for residents to show and share. More information may be found on a new, interactive webpage, http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/slowdown/

At today’s kickoff, there were a series of demonstrations which depicted how a driver’s response time and distance are impacted by a vehicle’s speed. Media and attendees had the opportunity to drive and ride in cars traveling at 25, 35, 45 or 55 mph. They became aware of the necessary, but often unrealized, skills required for drivers to avoid striking typical unforeseen neighborhood hazards such as bicyclists, animals, or children that may suddenly dart into their path. The point of the exercise? Speed matters.

The comprehensive campaign also included a communitywide speed perception survey. Of the 2,185 responses, over 80% agreed that speed is a problem in their neighborhoods and 77% felt that people are driving too fast. 80% are worried about speeding cars striking neighborhood children. More survey results can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-57QHJVZ8/.

Additionally, the Police Department launched roadway speed calculations at various spots on neighborhood roadways across the county between June 30 and August 6. Results showed that there were portions of area roadways where well over 50% of motorists were traveling more than 10 mph over posted speed limits.

Braddock District Supervisor, John C. Cook, spearheaded the effort as a result of many years of concerns he received from concerned residents in the communities he serves. “This is about making our neighborhoods safer,” said Cook. “We are hoping for voluntary compliance with speed and traffic laws, as well as a better understanding of how we can work together to combat neighborhood speeding.” Cook proposed a Board Matter on June 19, 2012 that was co-sponsored by Supervisors Hyland and McKay to look into possible ways to help curb neighborhood speeding. Approximately $150,000. was allocated to the campaign.

Look for more information, coming to your neighborhood soon. Remember, “Slow Down: You Live Here. We Live Here.”

Media kick off of new neighborhood speed campaign.

Media kick off of new neighborhood speed campaign.