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Beyer Announces $600,000 In DOJ Funding for Body Worn Cameras in the Alexandria Police Department

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today announced the Alexandria Police Department has been awarded $600,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs’ (OJB) Byrne Discretionary Community Project Grant to support the broad-scale implementation of a Body-worn Camera (BWC) program. Beyer secured this funding as a Community Project Funding request that was included in the Omnibus spending bill which passed on a broad bipartisan vote in the House and Senate earlier this year.

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Falls Church News Briefs

Virginia’s three-day Sales Tax Holiday starts this Friday, August 5, at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, August 7, at 11:59 p.m. Consumers can take advantage of the holiday for both in-store and online purchases, and can buy select items — school supplies, clothes and shoes, emergency and hurricane preparedness — without paying sales tax. With hurricane season often peaking in August, officials say it is a prime time to take advantage of the tax holiday by purchasing qualifying items that can help households in case a hurricane, or any other disaster, strikes.

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Who is: ‘Chap’ Petersen? F.C.’s New Senator

In the often confusing wake of the redistricting of state and federal election boundaries every decade, many folks lose track of who their representatives are. The situation is like that for the City of Falls Church and environs, where the state senator now representing the City is a new person, relatively unknown to City residents. That would be incumbent State Sen. Chap Petersen.

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Park Ave. ‘Great Street’ Plans Shared In Tour

Somebody was counting noses Monday when 83 citizens (count ‘em) assembled in front of the newly expanded and renovated Mary Riley Styles Public Library to partake in a walking tour hosted by City Hall of the plans to convert Park Avenue between the library (at N. Virginia Ave.) and three blocks away to N. Washington St. at the State Theatre into a “Great Street.”

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Beyer Statement on Senate Passage of the Public Safety Officer Support Act to Recognize Suicide as a Line-of-Duty Death

U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), co-sponsor of the House companion bill introduced by Rep. David Trone (D-MD) and Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), issued the following statement after the Public Safety Officer Support Act passed by unanimous vote in the Senate. The bill, which previously passed in the House with 402-17 votes, would amend the federal Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program (PSOB) to add coverage for first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or acute stress disorder following a stressful situation while on duty or to survivors of those who die by suicide as a result of service-related traumatic events and now heads to the President’s desk for signature.