Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Law enforcement officials, Alexandria schools officials held panel discussion on school safety Tuesday night.
Alexandria City Public Schools has made changes in safety precautions following the December school massacre in Newtown, Conn., when 20 children and six staff members were killed. “We have done some site safety assessments on several of our schools,” Wendy Brown, assistant director of facilities, occupation health, safety and risk management for ACPS, said during a Tuesday night school safety panel discussion at T.C. Williams High School. “And we have implemented several changes.” Brown said she was not at liberty to publicly discuss all the changes. Panelist and ACPS Superintendent Morton Sherman added, “What I learned years ago, and what I learned again after Newtown, is the best way to secure a school is to have interaction, make sure …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Alexandria police fatally shot Taft Sellers, 30, after responding to a domestic disturbance Feb. 18.
Alexandria’s police chief says he doesn’t yet know how many officers fired their weapons or how many shots were fired in the Feb. 18 police shooting of a man on Duke Street. Police shot and killed Taft Sellers, 30, of Alexandria after responding to a domestic disturbance. Witnesses told Patch they heard multiple shots fired. On Monday, Police Chief Earl Cook told reporters that officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave, per departmental policy. Police know how many officers responded to the scene, but Cook said he doesn’t know how many discharged their weapons, pending the outcome of ballistics tests and the ongoing investigation. Cook told reporters he has faith in his officers. “My presumption is, my …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Alexandria's Fire and Police departments along with the Sheriff's Office and the Department of Community and Human Services recognized officers and others for their exemplary work.
Four first responders on Thursday were honored for their exemplary performance after graduating from a training program designed to better equip them with necessary skills when they interact with individuals exhibiting behavioral health issues. Alexandria Police Officer Bennie Evans said at the awards ceremony that the Crisis Intervention Team program gave him a certain satisfaction in his job: “I can always write a ticket. I can always take someone to jail, but can I solve a problem?” Evans, who was noted for his work with the city’s homeless population, also was part of the Alexandria delegation that attended the National CIT Conference last year. He was singled out for helping a particular Alexandrian, who had been homeless for years, …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Event will be held Tuesday evening in Market Square.
Alexandria will host a 9-11 remembrance ceremony on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Market Square. The purpose of the commemoration is to remember those who died, and pay tribute to those in the community and in uniform "who responded on 9-11 without fear, acted without hesitation and gave their lives to save others," according to a statement by the city. The ceremony will feature remarks from Mayor Bill Euille, Alexandria Undersheriff Tony Davis, Police Chief Earl Cook, and Fire Chief Adam Thiel. The tribute includes the “Return to Quarters” bell-ringing ceremony and a musical tribute. After the tribute, Alexandria City Council will begin its regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting at 7 p.m. in City Hall.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Modern facility also houses city's new Department of Emergency Communications.
The Alexandria Police Department officially pulled back the curtain on its new headquarters Wednesday morning during a ceremony at the $81 million building located at 3600 Wheeler Avenue. Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille called the bold new structure “an iconic building” along the lines of City Hall and the George Washington Masonic Memorial. The 124,000-square foot, four-story building will house 441 police employees and 55 workers of the city’s Department of Emergency Communications, a new office established this year that consolidates the emergency communications functions of the police and the fire departments. “This modern, world-class facility reflects the efforts of many people,” Acting City Manager Bruce Johnson said, adding that he …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Police department recognized for receiving Department of Justice grant worth more than $850,000.
Vice President Joe Biden made a visit to the yet-to-be-opened new Alexandria Police Department headquarters on Wheeler Avenue Thursday to discuss President Obama’s jobs bill and what it could do for public safety workers. The police department was also recognized for receiving a grant from the Department of Justice totaling more than $850,000 to go toward hiring four new officers. “You got it because you deserved it and you need it,” Biden told a crowd comprised mostly of law enforcement and city officials. “You received this grant so you can begin to make good on the cuts that have been made to the state and county.” Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook said the department has had to make cuts in recent years to its domestic violence unit …