Overall, Virginia experienced a 1.9 percent decrease in violent crime offenses compared to 2019. There were 15,713 violent crime offenses reported in 2020 compared to 16,018 violent crime offenses in 2019.
Following a nationwide search, Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz announced his pick for the top law enforcement officer in Arlington County — Chief Charles “Andy” Penn. Penn has served as the Acting Chief of Police over the past nine months, following the retirement of Chief Murray "Jay" Farr.
Brown's career includes 45 years of public service in law enforcement, safety oversight, and public policy. He joined the Alexandria Police Department (APD) at the start of 2017.