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Swear Fairfax County Animal Control Officers in as Law Enforcment

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Prior to July 1, 2015, Fairfax County Animal Control Officers were considered law enforcement officers under Virginia code 9.1-101. For over 17 years, Fairfax County has required that their ACOs meet all the same training standards as their police officers. They were required to be registered with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Sevices as law enforcement officers as part of their job description. They were sworn in as Special Conservators of the Peace (SCOP) which granted them the same authority as a police officer. The Special Conservator of the Peace code section changed July 1, 2015. Per the new code, anyone sworn in as a SCOP cannot be considered a Law Enforcement Officer under Virginia code 9.1-101 or a qualified Law Enforcement Officer for the purposes of the federal Law Enforcement Officer safety act. These ACOs, who were previously considered LEOs, cannot be covered under the Line of Duty Act, The Heart and Lung Bill, or the federal Law Enforcement Officer Safety act. The ability to do their job has been affected as well. There are certain enforcement actions that a Fairfax County ACO can no longer do without the assistance of a law enforcement officer. The county is now paying two officers to do something that one officer was previously able to handle. This petition is requesting support from the citizens of Fairfax County to request the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Police Department to take action by swearing in these qualified officers as Law Enforcement.


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