Archive June 2021

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VSP's Annual "Crime in Virginia" Report Now Available

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.

Arlington County Manager Appoints New Police Chief, Deputy Chief

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.

Alexandria Police Chief Michael L. Brown Announces Retirement

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.

Since the nose doesn’t know pot is now legal, K-9s retire

Virginia police dogs are being "forced into early retirement" due to new laws legalizing marijuana and banning stops and searches based only on its smell.

Harrisonburg announces Kelley Warner as Chief of Police

Warner is currently the Deputy Chief of Police for the Abington Township (Pa.) Police Department, and will start as chief in the Friendly City this summer.