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Police Department News

The Public can now research and access current information about incidents reported to Fairfax County Police with a new tool called the “Police Incident Viewer.” The tool is an add-on to Fairfax County’s online mapping application called “My Neighborhood.”

The mapped police incidents are described as:

  • Assault: Unwanted touching by one person upon

another with the intent to inflict harm.

  • Burglary: Unlawful entry of a residential or

commercial structure to commit another crime such as arson, assault, destruction, larceny, murder, rape or robbery.

  • Destruction: Damage to another person’s

property (excluding vehicles).

  • Drug Offense: distribution, possession or

possession with the intent to distribute narcotics and/or marijuana.

  • Larceny: Unlawful taking, carrying, leading or

riding away of property with the intent to deprive the owner of the item.

  • Noise Violation: Any unnecessary noise that

interferes with another person’s quality of life.

  • Robbery: Confrontation where suspect takes or

attempts to take anything of value from a person or persons by force, threat of force or violence and/or intimidation if the victim does not comply.

  • Peeping: Peering into a residence, not one’s

own, while on private property.

  • Prowling: A person roaming an area with

unlawful intentions.

  • Sex Offence: Offence of a sexual nature;

includes (but not limited to) indecent exposure, rape and sexual battery.

  • Stolen Vehicle/Recovered Stolen Vehicle:

Theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle/recovery of a motor vehicle previously reported stolen.

  • Vehicle Tampering: The act of committing

damage to a vehicle belonging to another person without the owner’s consent.

Residents can conduct research by accessing the “My Neighborhood” application and clicking on the Incident Mapping” under “Quick Links.” This online application is not a police complaint form. Please call 911 in the case of an emergency.

Domestic Abuse Assistance is Available for People and Their Pets

The “Someplace Safe” program provides temporary protection for domestic violence victims to assist in processing what has happened, to access resources and possible courses of action, support and encouragement. Domestic violence victims will be offered comfort, counseling, assessment of needs, referral to available resources and information regarding criminal and civil procedures. Someplace Safe is available 24-hours a day, and should victims need overnight accommodations, they will be housed at a safe location. For more information about Someplace Safe, call the Victim Witness Unit at 703-246-2141 or the Fairfax County Police non- emergency number at 703-691-2131.

For domestic violence victims, the issue of what to do with a pet in the home may prevent a person from leaving an unsafe situation. Many shelters that assist domestic violence victims help people, but are unable to provide a place for pets. The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is working with the Victim Services Section of the Police Department to formalize a Safe Haven program for pets in at-risk homes where domestic violence occurs. The Safe Haven program is designed to provide temporary shelter for pets at no cost to the family. Meanwhile, Victim Services works with the family to find an alternative, long-term residence for family members and the pet.

The domestic abuse HOTLINE is also available through the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board Victim Assistance Network. They are located at 8350 Richmond Highway, #507, Alexandria, Virginia, 22309, and are near a Metrobus route. The 24 hour phone numbers are 703-360-7272 and 703-360-7273, TTY 711.

Middle Potomac Final Draft Plan Workshop Thursday, November 29 at 6 p.m. at Longfellow Middle School 2000 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church

Residents are invited to attend the Middle Potomac Watersheds Workshop to provide input on the final draft of the watershed management plan for our five community streams: Pimmit Run, Turkey Run, Scotts Run, Dead Run and Bull Neck Run. More information is available by emailing Marissa Soule at middlepotomac@virginia.edu or by calling 703- 820-3840 x 2110, TTY 711.

_________________________________________________________________________ Providence Online 2007 November Edition page 3

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