The Alexandria Police Department (APD) held the first-ever ‘Community Walk with the Chief‘ last night in the West Old Town of Alexandria, Virginia area in the Braddock Road neighborhood and included the James Bland development.
Police Chief Earl Cook, along with APD Commanders, Captains, and Officers, walked in the West Old Town community with residents of the neighborhood to discuss issues in the community. The ‘walkabout’ is modeled after a long-running program the Richmond Police Department instituted.
Last night’s issues the community brought forth included traffic problems (speeding), drug deals/drug use in the neighborhood, disorderly conduct problems, the use of cameras in the neighborhood, and the recent string of ‘shots fired’ calls in the neighborhood. APD plans more walks like this in other areas of the City as the Chief wants to get out and chat with the public. Chief Cook mentioned he’d also like to get his Sector Commanders out more frequently in the community so expect to see more walks like this in the future.
Here are a few photos I took on last night’s walk (see below). You can find more photos at this link.
The kids got a thrill seeing the Chief in person.
The Chief took time to discuss issues with James Bland residents.
Chief Cook stopped to talk with residents of The Asher in the Braddock Road Metro neighborhood.