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Al Durham named as Richmond’s next police chief

February 4, 2015 | Virginia News

Mayor Dwight C. Jones today announced the appointment of Richmond Police Department Deputy Chief Alfred Durham as the next Chief of Police.

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VACP Midyear Conference Update

January 28, 2015 | VACP

Don't forget to register for the 2015 Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Midyear Training and Business Conference, February 23-24th, in Henrico County, Virginia. The first day of the conference will be dedicated to the TASER Technology Summit.

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Killings of blacks by police in Virginia fuel debate

January 28, 2015 | Virginia News

By Mark Bowes, Richmond Times-Dispatch

African-Americans have been disproportionately killed by police in Virginia as a percentage of their population since 2000, but as a group they have committed a disproportionate number of violent crimes and assaults on officers that could lead to deadly encounters with law enforcement, an analysis of state crime data shows.

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U.S. Conference of Mayors Report: Strengthening police-community relations in America’s cities

January 27, 2015 | National News

The events which began in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014 with the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, by a White police officer have brought to the forefront serious social issues that must be addressed – issues of race, class, prejudice, poverty, and inequality that are often difficult for people to talk about. These issues also underscore the complex nature of policing in communities across the country.

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USDOJ BLOG: Responding to and Protecting Students from Sexual Assault

January 26, 2015 | National News

President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault one year ago. On this anniversary, the task force has released a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist campuses and law enforcement agencies to work together in their efforts to protect students, address the needs of sexual assault survivors, and ensure a prompt, thorough, and fair response to allegations of sexual misconduct. This is yet another important step in the task force’s effort to help colleges and universities, as well as their partners in the community, address the problem of campus sexual violence.

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An ICE Detainer is Merely a Request—Not a Requirement

January 24, 2015 | Virginia News

Written by Jim Cornwell and Michelle Warden, Sands Anderson PC



Law enforcement officers and agencies are often faced with deciding whether they are required to detain an otherwise releasable prisoner when there is a detainer on the prisoner from the federal Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) on file. The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Office of the Attorney General rendered an Advisory Opinion on January 5, 2015 providing guidance on this very issue.

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Chief of Police M. Douglas Scott to Retire in March 2015

January 23, 2015 | Virginia News

Arlington County Chief of Police M. Douglas Scott will retire March 20, 2015, following a 40-year career in law enforcement. He has served as Arlington County Chief of Police since 2003.

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AG Herring, Legislators Introduce Bills to Reduce Heroin, Prescription Drug Fatalities

January 20, 2015 | Virginia News

Bipartisan package to encourage overdose reporting and hold dealers accountable has support of major law enforcement organizations

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Attorney General Prohibits Federal Agency Adoptions of Assets Seized by State, Local Law Enforcement

January 16, 2015 | National News

Today, Attorney General Eric Holder issued an order setting forth a new policy prohibiting federal agency forfeiture, or “adoptions,” of assets seized by state and local law enforcement agencies, with a limited public safety exception.

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University at Buffalo Study Shows Positive Personality Traits May Protect Police at High Risk for PT

January 15, 2015 | National News

Personal traits such as resilience, satisfaction with life, and a grateful disposition may help shield police officers from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the aftermath of a natural disaster. This is the case even though police officers are repeatedly exposed to traumatic events and those events have been found to provoke PTSD. These are the conclusions of a new study that examined police officers in the New Orleans area both during and immediately after Hurricane Katrina.

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