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New Arlington Police Officers Sworn In

by ARLnow.com June 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm 5,433 69 Comments

Thirteen new Arlington County police officers were sworn in this afternoon at Kenmore Middle School.

The recruits — eight male, five female — pledged an oath and were given their badges. The ceremony followed the recruits’ graduation from a regional police academy. They will now undergo nearly half a year of field training before becoming full officers.

The ceremony included a speech from Arlington County Police Chief M. Douglas Scott. The swearing in was conducted by Arlington Clerk of the Circuit Court Paul Ferguson. Loved ones of the new officers helped to pin the badges on their uniforms while other friends and family members in the audience applauded.

After the swearing in, the event continued with a ceremony for 12 police department members who have received promotions.

Also recognized was Officer Ronald Grannis, who received the Departmental Purple Star after being seriously injured in a crash with an impaired driver on July 20, 2011. Grannis “spent over a month in the hospital and has battled through over ten surgeries while continuing to fight to return to full duty,” according to police.

  • CSJ

    I thought we had too many officers – crime is down, and the numbers of officers in Courthouse/Clarendon texting on personal phones is up.

  • Tray_Wick

    “Now go fill your QUOTA”

    • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

      Tray, for the 100th time. They’re not quotas, they’re “proactivity expectations.”

  • Autoexec.bat

    “Congratulations, officers! Now all you report to S. Eads and S. 18th Sts. immediately! Those no-turn-on-red signs won’t enforce themselves! Ten-hut!”

    • WeiQiang

      These signs, sir, are the reason that my property taxes aren’t 10% higher.

    • J

      People driving through that intersection appear to have an unusually high illiteracy rate.

      • WeiQiang

        One thing they DON’T have is a Zone 1 parking permit.

        • CourthouseChris

          That’s some of the most specific elitism I’ve seen in a while. Good work.

        • J

          That light used to have a No Turn on Red When Pedestrians are present, which most people took to mean, No Turn on Red If There’s a Pedestrian right in front of your car. So many close calls walking to the Metro each morning. So many horns from pissed off drivers when someone correctly yielded the right of way to pedestrians. It warms my heart every time someone gets a ticket there, even though I no longer live there.

          I have no idea who these people were, but you’re right, they weren’t locals.

          • Postfontaine

            probably from MD

          • WeiQiang

            J: Seeing it every weekday morning [don’t hate on me, Jerome] and on weekends, I think they are just commuters, tourists, and other transients who don’t see or won’t obey the sign. You can imagine any driver getting to that intersection who is just frustrated at being lost trying to get to or from DCA, just leaving Crys City … or CostCo … or the parking lot that is 395 in the morning. It’s not rocket surgery, but folks just keep generating revenue.

            PostFontaine: yeah, um. no.

          • Ali

            The problem is now pedestrians and cars have only 20 or so seconds or so to cross/turn so it hasn’t alleviated the issue much. Cars try to turn with the light but even a handful of pedestrians will make you miss it. I still see close calls even with the no turn signs.

          • Ali

            Sorry to repeat my “problem is” terminology. I’ve lived in the neighborhood for 6 years and am just tired of all the stupid intersections.

    • Ali

      The problem is that Eads and 15th needs a lot more attention – namely a left turn signal.

  • HollaArl

    To all those ACPD haters. If someone yelled “Man with gun” you all would run away. These men and women, run towards him. Stay safe ACPD – majority of us appreciate what you do for us.

    • CrystalMikey

      Exactly!

    • esmith69

      Agree completely, congrats to the new officers.

      If people actually stopped excessively speeding and/or otherwise breaking the law, I think the general opinion of law enforcement would improve dramatically.

      Take responsibility for breaking the law (however miniscule you may think the offense was) and start respecting these people who lay down their lives everyday to protect the rest of us.

  • Southeast Ben

    Trev has been warned.

  • EatingTacosTonight

    Congratulations to the new officers!

    • BreakPause02

      Congrats as well!

  • Jerry

    congrats! Proud.

  • Noisecomplaint

    Good luck officers! Be careful trying to do real police work, fighting real crime is not on your monthly “expectation” report and will not be looked at favorably.

  • congrats! now chase down all these pervs dangling their lil’ wieners at our kiddies & neighbors! plz.

    *howls & calls ‘shotgun’ to ride w/ new police officers*

    • LAPD

      You first to volunteer for the new SWAT: Small Weenie Apprehension Team ?

      • excellent acronym! *howls & puts on SWAT “projectile”-proof vest & helmet*

  • Noonan

    Paul Ferguson has giant shoes.

    • nom de guerre

      Those are clown shoes, bro.

      • WeiQiang

        *applause*

    • FrenchyB

      Does anyone else remember Paul Ferguson’s sports call-in show on the cable access station? It rated a 10 on the Unintentional Comedy Scale.

  • BreakPause02

    Woah, so their stand issue uniform isn’t that military vest that they wear all the time, but rather a blue shirt and tie!

    If only they worse this more often instead of dressing up for combat on the mean streets of Arlington.

    • Here’s the answer

      Of course nobody expects you to understand, but those exterior vests are for OSHA standards. They allow equipment to be removed from the belt and transfered to the vest, making it easier on their back. So no, they are not to look cool or tough.

    • NPD Blue

      The streets of Arlington might not seem mean … but the armed criminals that victimize the citizens are !

      That vest is made of ballistic material that protects the officer from weapons…. some agencies wear them under the uniform.

      ” A Retired Law Enforcement Officer”

      • WeiQiang

        NPD … hope you got through your career without [many] scars.

        I think that BP02 was half-kidding. My own memory is that ACPD officers used to wear the vests under their shirts. Now, I’ve noticed a marked difference in that most if not all officers I see wear them on top.

        There is a difference in perception to observers … about the nature of the area in which the officers are seen, perhaps about the predisposition of the officers, or other reasonable concerns.

        • Roger

          Wearing a ballistic vest on the outside does give off a certain perception to observers and I don’t think it is a good one. The average policeman on patrol shouldn’t look like he is headed to war.

          To be fair, a vest on the outside alone doesn’t necessarily give that impression, but once you start throwing in cargo pants and other more tactical gear, the line between looking like an officer of the law and soldier quickly starts to blur to your average civilian.

          • bob

            The reason for the migration to exterior ballistic vests instead of the traditional under-the-shirt vests is studies that have shown a transfer of the weight of much of the gear to the vest from the traditional belt is extremely beneficial to long-term back health. In the end, it will save the taxpayers $$ in disability claims and retirements (the vest themselves aren’t any more expensive than the other). It is a decidedly more “tactical” look, but that isn’t the intent. Surprisingly, Britain and Canada have been years ahead of this curve in using the exterior vests- two countries not known for more aggressive law enforcement vs the US. So what’s good for the Queen is good for her former colonies, no?

          • Roger

            I understand there can be legit health reasons for the exterior vests. An exterior vest by itself can actually look good and professional, as I think it does in the case of the British police. Its just when you throw in the rest of the tactical gear, like more and more US police department uniforms seem to do, they really start looking less like police officers and more like soldiers, which I think is a troublesome idea.

          • Roger
    • KalashniKEV

      They look professional and prepared.

      If that offends you, you might want have some issues…

      • WeiQiang

        Some might call it professional, others do not. Personally, I like going through airports around the world where there are officers with automatic weapons and dogs patrolling the public spaces.

        I’m less sanguine about that in an area where you want the vibe to be welcoming and less like there’s an imminent threat. There is no “offense” here, just a desire to live, work and play in an environment that doesn’t constantly suggest that you’re a target.

        • KalashniKEV

          LOL… you made an excellent choice living in between DC and the Pentagon then!

          • WeiQiang

            … and chose a career the defense business … and a spouse who works behind the glass. This is precisely why i believe that this society/community is capable of nuancing its understanding of the various threats and behaving/responding in a manner that balances liveability and security.

          • KalashniKEV

            Huh??

            How is a professional looking local PD messing with your balance?

          • WeiQiang

            Perhaps I wasn’t clear. You think that officers walking around in a flak vest is professional; I do not.

        • Roger

          Seconded

      • NRAcalikmydik

        you amy want have some issues yourself want having guns everywhere you want have to walk…not all of us are that sanguine

        • WeiQiang

          come again?

        • WeiQiang

          oh, I get it … you’re referring to my comfort with weapons at airports. I didn’t say I liked having them everywhere. As I said, it is my personal perspective. Airports are a known, historic, high-profile, static target. The Cheesecake Factory … not so much. Without going in to the nuances of the behavior of security forces [hint: some guy ogling the hotties and smoking a Camel while toting an MP-5 is not reassuring to me], I’m not in favor of oppressive security presence. My threshhold for what is oppressive might just be different.

  • Southeast Ben

    they are officers as of … “Right meow”

  • John Fontain

    Thanks in advance for your service to our (and hopefully your) community!

  • Cakes

    Congrats, officers.

    • E.B.

      shut it. you aren’t moneymetalcakes

      • Cakes

        lol. Don’t get rick…

  • KG to the power of 3

    Awesome! congrats! can’t wait to be frisked by the cute one.

    • MC 703

      Yeah he’s dreamy

  • BangBrahs

    Definitely avoiding these brahs

  • Chris

    Wow!!! Thanks to all of the people who are actually supportive of the ACPD!! This is quite refreshing

  • JimPB

    How many of the 13 new officers are residing in ARLCo? For those who may be, how many are residing independently, with a partner/spouse, or in a shared living arrangement?

    How many have student loans?

    • Jane-Dallas

      Who cares?

      • CMo

        I care. We have a better community and a safer community when the folks doing the policing are immersed in the neighborhood – they know the residents and the residents know them. The officers are also invested in being a positive force rather than simply treating the symptoms of crime. And besides – it’s the right thing to do to provide a welcome home for our public servants. Anyone who is willing to take a bullet for me and my family should be able to be my neighbor.

        • sunflower

          too bad most cant afford to live in arlington!

          • Bluemontsince1961

            Way back when, when I was a kid, they could (as could firefighters, paramedics, and teachers).

        • Bluemontsince1961

          Amen, CMo!

        • JimPB

          You speak (wrote) my mind.

  • JimPB

    CMo: You speak (wrote) my mind/thoughts — and very well.

    Sunflower: There are many persons living in ARLCo whose gross income is no more than, often less than, what new ARLCo police officers are paid.

    And here in North (transiting to McMansionville) North Arlington, I see “take home” ARLCo police cars frequently parked in front of three homes (granted, these are “original” ramblers, not the new McMansions; likely the ARLCo officers living in these homes are long-time officers who bought here some years ago; but better to know the facts).

    So, we need data about where ARLCo police officers live, beginning with the new officers.

    • UptonHiller

      Do you know if the police in those houses are the sole occupant?

      I know it was common practice for some of Arlington’s fire fighters to occupy a few group houses in the county. Went to a few awesome parties at the one on Yorktown Blvd many years ago.

    • sunflower

      i can name at least a dozen, without hesitation, who live in ashburn, sterling,reston, centerville, gainesville. and i dont think it’s because they enjoy the commute!

  • CommonCents

    +100 on MCo’s comment.

    JimPB: When I walk around Arlington I don’t see too many people making $45k/year with college and/or advanced degrees working high-risk jobs, that increase in pay 2% a year, not even keeping rate with inflation. I’m sure there are others in the same boat, but I think they are few and far between. The per capita Arlington income according to the last census is $57,724 (2010). The college degree rate in Arlington is 69%. If you adjusted this average to include only those with college degrees (just for the sake of comparing apples to apples), I’m sure the average salary would be in the 80’s or 90’s… Being a cop is a choice, but it’s a slap in the face to those serving when you try to make the argument that they are making above average or above pay with their peers… It’s just not the case.

  • CommonCents

    (I meant +100 on CMo’s comment)… typo

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