Gratitude for service: Lt. Veva Wallace-Spaulding
UPDATE (Feb. 1): FCPD Public Affairs confirmed for On the MoVe that the new assistant commander of Mount Vernon District Station is Lt. Jeff Mauro.
At the Jan. 11 Community Advisory Committee meeting of the Mount Vernon Police District, station commander Cpt. Marc Mitchell of the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) shared some bittersweet news with attendees. Lt. Veva Wallace-Spaulding, assistant commander at the station, was wrapping up her duties that very evening and preparing to advance into her new role as school liaison commander in charge of Fairfax County Public Schools’ school resource officers.
Describing Wallace-Spaulding as “a staple at Mount Vernon,” Mitchell noted she had served in several roles at the station and done “a phenomenal job.”
In a tribute video FCPD developed for Black History Month last year, Wallace-Spaulding described how her early interest in veterinary medicine led her to become an animal control officer with FCPD’s Mount Vernon and Franconia District Stations. Later, deciding she wanted to conduct investigations, she transferred to the police department and chose to be based in Mount Vernon.
“It felt like home to me, and that was my first choice,” said Wallace-Spaulding, who grew up just over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Prince George’s County.
Wallace-Spaulding was not the only member of her family to become a public servant. Her grandfather served for many years with the New York Police Department. Some of the important advice he has shared with her is that to do the job, you have to have a love for humanity, and you always need to stand up for what’s right in the face of adversity, she said.
As FCPD’s first African American woman commander, Wallace-Spaulding is a role model and mentor for many officers and young community members. Like her grandfather, she has words of wisdom for them.
“Oftentimes this profession chooses us; we don’t always choose this profession,” said Wallace-Spaulding. “I believe that if you have a servant’s heart, if you have a love for humanity, the FCPD is the agency for you.”
While Wallace-Spaulding will be transferring to FCPS’ main administrative office in Falls Church, Mitchell expects she will continue to remain engaged with the Mount Vernon Police District.