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Middleburg, Va. named best National Night Out event among communities with less than 5,000 people

December 2, 2015 | Virginia News

by Chief A.J. Panebianco, Middleburg Police Department

Every August since 2012, the Town of Middleburg and the Middleburg Police Department have participated in the National Night Out event.

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Virginian-Pilot wins lawsuit to get police officers’ info

November 20, 2015 | VACP

To: VACP & VACLEA Members and Current & Former Virginia Law Enforcement
FROM: Dana Schrad, VACP/VACLEA Executive Director

The article below, released Thursday, details the outcome of a lawsuit filed by The Virginian-Pilot against the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services for enforcement of a written agreement between the Pilot and DCJS to release the names of all current and former Virginia law enforcement officers (an estimated 125,000 names). The VACP worked diligently with DCJS and with the Office of the Attorney General to fight this release to protect the LEO training records held in the T-REX database as exempt under the definition of personnel records.

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Former Salem police chief named Vinton interim chief

October 30, 2015 | Virginia News

By Tiffany Stevens | Roanoke Times

Retired Salem Police Chief Jeff Dudley will act as Vinton’s interim police chief while town council members continue their search for the department’s new head, according to a news release.

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Department of Justice Releases Report on Officer Safety and Wellness

October 28, 2015 | Virginia News

Report Highlights Four Police Departments with Effective Programs

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Department of Justice Releases Report on the Ambush of Police Officers

October 28, 2015 | National News

The Department of Justice today announced the release of an Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) report that addresses ambushes and violence against police officers. The report, Ambushes of Police: Environment, Incident Dynamics, and the Aftermath of Surprise Attacks against Law Enforcement, analyzes ambushes of the police and provides new information that can guide police executives, trainers, supervisors, policymakers and researchers in addressing the issue.

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Department of Justice Announces New Guidebook on 21st Century Policing

October 28, 2015 | National News

Attorney General Lynch to Launch Phase Two of Six-City Community Policing Tour Highlighting Jurisdictions that Effectively Implement Recommendations in the 21st Century Policing Guidebook

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Leesburg Police Win International Police Excellence Award

October 28, 2015 | Virginia News

Motorola Solutions and The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) announced the recipients of the 2015 Webber Seavey Award for Policing Excellence at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference in Chicago on Monday, October 26, 2015.

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Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order to Keep Guns Out of Dangerous Hands

October 15, 2015 | Virginia News

RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed an executive order directing actions to keep guns out of dangerous hands by better enforcing existing Virginia law. The Governor signed the executive order at a press conference alongside U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Attorney General Mark Herring and members of the law enforcement and gun safety advocacy community.

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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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