On February 14, 1997, the Citizens' Crime Prevention Council reported that Arlington's 1996 crime statistics show a record high number of juvenile arrests -- 1,985 -- a 40% increase over 1995. The number of violent gang incidents continued with shootings, stabbings, and throat slashings. The Virginia Crime Commission reported that they have identified 14 gangs based in Arlington County alone and 148 in Northern Virginia...In an effort to deal with this epidemic, the Fairfax County Police Department has set up satellite stations along Arlington's border at Skyline, Culmore, and at Wilston Apartments. In addition, the Falls Church Police Department announced recently that it will set up a satellite station at Seven Corners in response to the escalating violence at the Arlington/Falls Church border.
The Citizens' Crime Prevention Council of Arlington has prepared a Study of Public Safety in Arlington. This study includes data obtained from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of State Police, which compares crime statistics from Arlington with nearby jurisdictions and other pertinet public safety issues.
The Association has invited representatives from the Citizens' Crime Prevention Council and the Arlington Professional Firefighters Association to make a presentation on public safety in Arlington at the Wednesday, March 12, 1997, Membership Meeting, at the Arlington Hilton Hotel, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms, above the Ballston Metro Station. If you have any questions or comments about public safety in Arlington, we invite you to bring them to our Membership Meeting. This item is scheduled for presentation from 8:15 to 9:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.