The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD), like most law enforcement agencies, has experienced a significant reduction in our workforce due to attrition, retirements and officers seeking other opportunities. While our department’s commitment to providing professional law enforcement services and to working collaboratively with our community to support public safety remains unwavering, this reduction in officers will change the way we deliver services to the community.
It is imperative we make service adjustments to prioritize our workload in alignment with the department’s key initiatives of Crime Prevention and Control, Community Engagement, Transportation Safety and Employee Wellness and Safety. Our goal is to facilitate a sustainable work-life balance for officers while focusing our investigative and response efforts around more serious criminal incidents and concerns across the community. In order to achieve this, we have reallocated some assignments to prioritize response to core services which has included the need to leave some specialty positions unfilled. Some examples include unfilled positions in our Property Crimes Unit, Transportation Safety and Community Engagement units.
Service Changes and Reallocation of Resources Fact Sheet(PDF, 354KB)
ACPD is authorized 377 sworn police officers. As of September 2023, we have approximately 284 functional and certified officers who are able to provide solo law enforcement services. This difference includes unfilled positions as well as officers who are in a training or light duty status. The Human Resources Management Section continues to proactively recruiting qualified candidates to join upcoming academy classes with the ultimate goal of returning the department to full staffing. While we have been successful in hiring larger classes of recruit officers in recent years, this has not offset the number of departures due to attrition, retirements and officers seeking other opportunities.
Yes, in May of 2018, the department completed a strategic restructuring due to decreased staffing.
Officers will continue responding to in-progress crimes and emergency calls for service where there is a threat to life, health or property. Late reports of criminal activity can be reported online or by calling the Alternative Reporting Unit at 703-228-4300.
To report an active crime, an immediate parking/traffic hazard or in-progress criminal activity, contact the Emergency Communication Center at 703-558-2222 or 9-1-1 in an emergency. To address a community policing issue, contact the Community Outreach Unit. To report an ongoing traffic or parking concern, use our online form.
Members of ACPD’s Command Staff and Engagement Division are available should you have questions or if you would like us to attend small group meetings to discuss further. Complete the online form to assist us in scheduling and assigning these meetings.
The department will prioritize follow-up investigations on crimes against people and serious property crimes. ACPD will reduce investigative follow-up on some property crimes particularly when the incident lacks solvability factors.
ACPD continues to share crime prevention and safety information.
The department remains committed to maintaining the orderly flow of traffic in the County and ensuring the safety of all travelers on our roadways. We will continue to respond to in-progress traffic concerns and will conduct various transportation safety enforcement and education campaigns throughout the year.
Visit our engage page for a variety of resources available to the public to help stay informed about police activity, engagement events, road closures and safety campaigns.
The Human Resources Management Section continues to proactively recruit qualified and diverse candidates to provide the best professional law enforcement services to the Arlington community. The department has made significant investments in our recruiting and outreach efforts to include:
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