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$750,000 Grant Will Help Local Law Enforcement Strengthen Relationship with Local Communities

October 15, 2015 | Virginia News

RICHMOND -- Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the availability of $750,000 in Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds for training and equipment for local law enforcement agencies to help strengthen their relationship with their local communities in support of his “Policing in the 21st Century” initiative.

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Vinton Announces Retirement of Police Chief Ben Cook

October 8, 2015 | Virginia News

VINTON, VA – The Vinton Town Council has announced the retirement of Police Chief Benjamin L. Cook, effective October 25, 2015. A native of Franklin County, Cook came to the Vinton Police Department in 2001. He is retiring after nearly fourteen years of service with the Town, the last four years as Chief of Police, completing 30 years of service to the public.

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DEA’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Effort A Big Success

October 1, 2015 | National News

Thousands of Americans in communities across the country discarded more than 350 tons of unused, expired, or unwanted drugs as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Initiative (NTBI) on Saturday, September 26.

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Lynchburg names new police chief

October 1, 2015 | Virginia News

The city announced in a news release Monday that Raul Miguel Diaz, currently assistant police chief in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will assume his duties Nov. 19.

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Farewell to the chief: Lynchburg bids Snead goodbye

October 1, 2015 | Virginia News

Community leaders from far and wide came together Tuesday afternoon to honor Lynchburg Police Chief Parks Snead as he enters the newest chapter of his 31-year career: retirement.

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Va. DMV issues new Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates

September 29, 2015 | Virginia News

Holders of the old Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates have until October 4, 2015 to replace their “flag” plates with the newly designed plates. Please share this with all of your officers.

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Herring Announces Initiatives to Promote Safe, Impartial 21st Century Policing in Virginia

September 29, 2015 | Virginia News

Regional trainings and contemporary training academy materials will help police safely and effectively protect our communities while promoting fair and equal treatment for all

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DEA to Hold 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Sept. 26

September 22, 2015 | National News

Event will take place from 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, September 26th

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VACP recommends shrouding of badges for Virginia State Police trooper who died in crash

September 21, 2015 | Virginia News

The VACP recommends that Va. law enforcement officers shroud their badges in honor of Virginia State Police Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith though the day of his funeral — Saturday, September 26.

Our sincerest condolences to Trooper Smith's family and friends and to the Virginia State Police.

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Police Shooting of Unarmed Suspect Who Threatened with Fake Gun Deemed Reasonable

September 16, 2015 | Virginia News

Written by Michelle L. Warden and Cullen D. Seltzer

Police Officers are often faced with unimaginable circumstances that most of society runs away from. However, police officers took the oath to protect and serve, and to run towards that danger. Sometimes, running towards that danger means that an officer will have to make a split second decision as to whether deadly force is necessary. It is the moment that all police officers train for—but hope that they do not have to face.

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