Staff members from the Prince William County Police Department (PWCPD) have settled into the county’s newest station.
Supervisor Ruth Anderson talked with What’s Up Prince William about the Charlie T. Deane Police Station, also known as the Central District Police Station.
Anderson also told a story about the Woodbridge-based station’s Captain, James Carr.
Tell us more about the Central District Police Station.
On June 19, 2018, we celebrated the opening of the Prince William County’s new Central District Police Station located on Davis Ford Road in mid-county. This station joins our eastern and western district stations to ensure police engagement and law enforcement continuity across the entire county. The new central district station serves the communities of Dale City, Lake Ridge, Coles, town of Occoquan, Lake Jackson, Buckhall, and eastern areas of Manassas. The station includes our Central District Captain … James Carr, our Deputy District Commander Lieutenant Tom Garrity. It also includes the Office of the Chief of Police, some patrol services and investigative services, Public Information Office for the central district. It has some detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau, it includes the Office of Professional Standards, and the Financial & Technical Services Division.
How did the station get its name?
This new station is named after retired Police Chief Charlie T. Deane. He is one of the original 42 police officers hired when the county established the police department in 1970. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1981, deputy chief in 1985, and to chief in 1988. He served as chief for 24 years. He is known for promoting innovation, by embracing the use of technology in policing. He created trust between police and the community by implementing community-based policing techniques, including a public commenting system, senior and citizen police academies, neighborhood watch programs, and by placing field offices at strategic locations. He led the department as it received the highest honor from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies for concurrent accreditation for the department in all areas of policing, including law enforcement, public safety communications, and public safety training. Under Chief Deane’s leadership, the department was the first local law enforcement agency in Virginia to receive a forensic accreditation award and to be named a “National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 911 Call Center.”
Do you have anything else you would like to say?
The new Central District Police Station commander is Captain James Carr, and I have an interesting story to tell about Captain Carr that I think describes his leadership. When the station was being built and under construction, there were several citizen groups that felt like too many trees were being taken down for the construction around the new fire station and the new police station on Davis Ford Road. And the citizen groups came together and simply insisted that we plant more trees around these stations to keep the community green. So, many citizen groups came together on one beautiful day in 2017. We planted hundreds of trees around the stations. And when I was standing there with Captain Carr around one, beautiful little tree, I said, “Captain Carr, let’s name this tree.” He thought about it for a while and said, “Let’s name it ‘Miles-Einstein.’” And I said, “Well, that’s an interesting name.” But I said, “Let’s do it. Let’s name it Miles-Einstein.” Later, I pondered on why we named it ‘Miles-Einstein.’ So, I did a little research. Turns out that Miles Davis is a very famous Jazz musician, and Captain Carr loves Miles Davis music. And I learned a little bit about Miles Davis. In fact, a quote from Miles Davis is, “I prefer a round sound with no attitude in it, like a round voice with not too much tremolo and not too much base. Just right in the middle.” I believe that explains a little bit about Captain Carr’s leadership — kind of smooth and listening, and really interested in what people have to say, interested in the community, and wanting to do a great job without getting too excited. But then, Einstein. Why Einstein? So, I studied Albert Einstein a bit to find out what in the world could Captain Carr see in Albert Einstein. Turns out, Albert Einstein loved music, and especially Jazz. And he was an amateur musician, himself, and enjoyed doing his thinking as a physicist with classical music in the background. So, this is why we have a tree in front of the police station named ‘Miles-Einstein.’ And my suggestion to the community on the day of the ribbon cutting was ‘As you drive by this station, think about this tree and think about the police that are in this police station. Each one of them have different personalities, different passions, different loves. They’re all human beings. And let’s say a prayer for the police as we pass by this station each and every day.’”
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