Special Victims Unit Wins Accolades from Kiwanis Club


(Sunday, March 4, 2007 8:10 AM EST)

Arlington's residents can feel safer in their community because of the Arlington County Police Department's Special Victims Unit's hard work.

To recognize the unit's members whose efforts have gone above and beyond the call of duty, the Kiwanis Club of Arlington recently presented them with the club's “Outstanding Public Servant Award.”

Lt. James Wassem, Detectives Dan Borrelli, Sean Carrig, Chris Feltman, Scott Linder, Lee Petta, Greg Sloan, James Sloan and FBI Special Agent Ashton Koo were recognized for their dedication to increasing safety in the county.

“I personally applaud the work they do each and every day,” said Police Chief Douglas Scott.

The Special Victims Unit investigates crimes involving sexual assault, and has been proactive in overseeing the registered-sex-offender population in Arlington.

Officers continually update and cross-reference electronic databases of registered sex offenders, as well as make frequent visits to their homes and work.

Officers in the unit also aggressively investigate Internet sex crimes perpetrated against children. The Special Victims Unit's undercover Internet computer room aids them in their investigations.

Included with the award was a $100 check that the Special Victims Unit will donate to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Police Chief Douglas Scott speaks to members of the Kiwanis Club of Arlington following the presentation to the Special Victims Unit.
(Photo by Richard Barr)

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