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Arlington names Dan Cone as new Deputy Chief of Police


August 17, 2016 | View PDF

Courtesy of the city of Arlington

the White House this August as part of a briefing on 21st Century Policing.

Longtime Arlington resident and police officer Dan Cone has become the newest Deputy Chief of Police in Arlington after he was sworn in this August.

Cone's family moved to the Arlington area in the late '80s and he has been with the community since then, including graduating from Arlington High School.

"I grew up here," he said. "When I knew I wanted to get into law enforcement I thought it would be good to work where I grew up," he said.

He has been with the Arlington Police Department since April 2000.

That local connection also helps him stay engaged with the community, he said.

"In policing, you have to be passionate about your community, it's part of the driving force behind the work," said Cone.

Former Deputy Chief of Police Jonathan Ventura is now the Police Chief for the department and he said that the department has been promoting from within with this recent round of department changes.

"Several recent chiefs have come to Arlington with great professional experience but have been criticized for not knowing the community," he said.

Locals like Cone can bring their experience and knowledge to the position, said Ventura.

"Dan has ideas to make this community a better place, and now has the backing and support to implement these ideas," he said.

In his years in the police department, Cone said that he has enjoyed the supportive people and the "small, but growing" community.

"There are lots of community members here that go out of their way to help others, which you don't always see in other communities," he said.

Ventura said that Cone makes a lot of effort to improve the community around him, including through community meetings, helping to organize the recent "Smokey Point Clean Up" and taking on challenging department roles like supervising detectives or being part of the Proactive Anti-Crime Team.

Across his career Cone has served as patrol officer, collision investigator, field training officer, detective sergeant, patrol sergeant and field training sergeant.

"Dan has shown strong leadership qualities and has a solid track record of making sound decisions, even when it has not been popular. He holds high standards for himself and expects the same from those he works with," said Ventura.

Cone hopes that the department will progress forward with new solutions to the drug epidemic and other problems under his leadership.

"I hope to collaborate with Chief Ventura with continuing new approaches to policing," he said.

"We are both always willing to try new ways of combating the heroin and drug epidemic," he said.

Ventura said he doesn't need a "yes man" in a deputy chief, and thinks Cone will provide solid judgment and advice.

"Dan and I have not always agreed on every issue, but I know we both desire the same outcomes; a safe and prosperous community as well as a diverse, healthy and professional police force," he said.

Ventura said he is optimistic about the future of the department.

"The next few months will be a bit bumpy as we transition into the new structure of this recent department reorganization, but we are excited above moving forward stronger," said Ventura.


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