Blaming Staff Shortages, Arlington Police To Maintain Service Reductions

Arlington residents will continue to experience a certain degree of do-it-yourself policing as the Arlington County Police Department struggles with recruitment and retention.

The goal is “focusing our investigative and response efforts around more serious criminal incidents and concerns,” police said.

Police Chief Charles “Andy” Penn on March 29 detailed ongoing changes to existing procedures that will result in less responsiveness in some areas so the force that remains can concentrate on core responsibilities.

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