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August 21, 2013

Faces of Fauquier: Cop patrols while most sleep

Photo/Cassandra Brown
Sgt. Arthur Leeper has 16 years of law enforcement experience, the last four in Warrenton.
It is very interesting work because every day has the potential to be different. We get to solve problems, fix things, and talk to kids and adults. There are a lot of rewards and a lot of personal gratification that comes out of it.
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Staff Journalist
Sgt. Arthur Leeper the last four years has patrolled the streets of Warrenton, protecting the town’s people and property. Working the night shift from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sgt. Leeper mainly supervises the Warrenton Police Department patrol squads.

His jurisdiction, made up of roughly four square miles, stretches from the area of Walmart on the south to Country Chevrolet on the north.

This year, Sgt. Leeper represented Fauquier County at the prestigious FBI National Academy at Quantico, which attracts professions from law enforcement agencies across the nation.

With 16 years of law enforcement experience, one of his favorite parts of the job remains: “When you actually help someone who is upset and then see the relief on their face.”

• Age


• Home


• Work

Police officer and squad supervisor for the Warrenton Town Police.

• Why do you do the job?

It is very interesting work because every day has the potential to be different. We get to solve problems, fix things, and talk to kids and adults. There are a lot of rewards and a lot of personal gratification that comes out of it.

It was something I had wanted to do forever. I spent some time in the Marine Corps first and then I thought it was a pretty natural progression.

• Family

Wife, Anzhelika; stepdaughter, Alisa; one adult son and two adult daughters who live in Northern Virginia; brother who lives in Oregon.

• Education

Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, University of Washington, 1982. Master’s degree in homeland security, American Military University, 2008. FBI National Academy at Quantico, 2013.

• Civic and/or church involvement

Attends a Russian Orthodox Church in Washington, D.C.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?

7 years

• Why do you live here?

Initially, because it was more affordable than other places. It’s a small community that offers lots of things to do. It’s close enough to D.C. to access it, go to the Kennedy Center and other things, but it’s far enough from all the people.

• How do you describe this county?

Friendly, rural, agricultural.

• What would you change about Fauquier?

Nothing. The only thing I would like to change would be more activities for young people because there is not a lot for them to do at night.

• What do you do for fun?

Rock climbing, mud runs and fishing.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?

Warrenton. I like C.M. Crockett Park because it is a good place to take the family.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?

It’s going to change. I think a lot of things are going to stay the same, but it’s going to grow. Everything from Gainesville keeps pushing out this way.

• Favorite TV show?

“Hell on Wheels”

• Favorite Movie?

All of the “Bourne” movies

• Favorite book?

“1984” by George Orwell.

• Favorite vacation spot?

Crimea, Ukraine

• Favorite flavor of ice cream?

I don’t eat much ice cream. If I had to have a favorite flavor, it would be Rocky Road.

• Who’s your hero and why?

My dad, because he was everything a father and a man should be. He was pretty calm about things and had a real strength of character.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?

Probably what anyone else would do, pay off all my bills first. Then take my family on a nice vacation, maybe to the Caribbean. Put money aside for Alisa’s college.

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