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APD has positive impact on community

 

January 24, 2018 | View PDF

With nearly 30 personnel responsible for the protection of more than 19,000 people, the Arlington Police Department responds to tens of thousands of incidents throughout the year.

Led by Chief Jonathan Ventura and Deputy Chief Dan Cone, the Arlington Police Department at the beginning of 2018 is comprised of a police services manager, four patrol sergeants, one detective sergeant, 11 officers, 2 K-9 units, two detectives, one School Resource Officer, three police support technicians and one police support officer.

The Arlington Police Department in 2016, which is the most recent year information is available, responded to 27,402 incidents, issued 1,655 tacked processed 4,182 pieces of evidence and filled more than 800 public records requests.

The number of incidents reported to the police has increased in recent years. In 2012 when the city's population was just more than 18,000 people, the police responded to 23,218 incidents. In 2016 when the city's population was 19,019, the police responded to 27,402 incidents, which is an 18 percent increase.

Detectives handled 119 cases in 2016, which is up from 41 cases in 2015. Of note, detectives in 2016 investigated an arson of a historic building in downtown Arlington. They discovered the fire was the result of a domestic violence incident and a 53-year-old woman pled guilty.

In addition to patrol officers and detectives, the Arlington Police Department has other units that serve the community.

The Arlington Police Department has two canine units. One canine, Oso, is trained to detect illegal substances and to track fleeing suspects. The other canine, Tara, is the department's narcotics detection canine. The canine units are also responsible for security at the airport and for public relations. In a public relations role, they partner with the Arlington School District in its Books Before Bedtime, Trunk or Treat and the school kickoff assembly.

Police Department officials are hoping to reactivate the traffic unit and the Proactive Anti-crime Team in 2018. The Proactive Anti-crime Team was scaled back in 2016 due to staffing shortages.

Thanks to a partnership between law enforcement and the school district, a School Resource Officer covers the district's two high schools, two middle schools and two elementary schools. The SRO helps with the Arlington Drug Awareness Coalition, which focuses on drug awareness as a way to prevent drug abuse.

Arlington has a dedicated team of volunteers that help the Police Department. A group of 17 volunteers have logged more than 3,000 hours of service and they have been a visible presence at virtually every event in the community.

Whether its protecting the public, participating in community events or helping out at local schools, officers in the Arlington Police Department have been a positive influence on every aspect of the community.

 

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