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Introducing Ask an Officer

New feature gives readers a chance to ask questions of their district's crime prevention officer

Have you ever had a question for law enforcement, such as the Fair Oaks District crime prevention officer, but never had the opportunity to ask it? Here’s your chance.

Let us know what questions you have and Officer Wayne Twombly will answer. Send questions to Nicole.Trifone@patch.com or in the comments below. 

The number of questions will determine the frequency of the responses.

So what do you want to know about law enforcement in the Fair Oaks District?

Dee July 15, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Why can't the police do anything about a car illegally parked in a "private" parking lot? I work in Fairfax City and I know they have their own dept., but if a car is double-parked and blocking you from getting out of you-who is legally parked-than why do the police respond, "we can't do anything. It's a private lot. You must talk to the whomever is in charge of the lot." Who cares? Can you do other illegal things in a "private" lot and not be charged? Very frustrating.
Kathleen Canedo July 19, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I was recently the victim of identity theft -- someone took my credit card number and made a few purchases before I realized it and notified my credit card company, which immediately removed the charges from my account. Through a series of circumstances, I was able to identify parties who were likely involved in this theft and contacted the Fairfax County police department. As the charges occurred in Arlington and involved someone in another state, the Fairfax County police department told me there was nothing they could do and that essentially the credit card company was now the victim. (I also provided the information to my credit card company's fraud department, so they can follow up if they want to.) My question is this...with information about who is involved, why would the police department not want to follow up on this? I thought it may have to do with jurisdictions, but the officer handling my report told me that it would probably not be worth my time to contact Arlington and I'm wondering why.
Robert F. Dorr August 11, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Looking forward to Officer Twombly's reponse.
Carole Sarkuti September 29, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Is this where we leave a question for the officer?
Erica R. Hendry September 30, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Yes it is, Carole! If you leave a question here, we'll get an answer for you in the next edition.

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