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Secretary of Public Safety John Marshall Presented VACP President’s Award

August 8, 2006 | VACP

News Image The Honorable John W. Marshall, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety, was honored August 8 with the President’s Award at the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Awards Banquet in Roanoke. VACP President, Lynchburg Police Chief Charles Bennett, presented the award to Secretary Marshall for his many years of service to Virginia and national law enforcement.

Secretary Marshall is a voice for law enforcement in the Governor’s office,” said VACP President Charles Bennett. “He has a first-hand understanding of the criminal justice system and the critical issues facing law enforcement. Secretary Marshall is dedicated to providing Virginia law enforcement the resources and support needed to improve public safety services to Virginians.” John W. Marshall was first appointed to the position of Secretary of Public Safety in 2002 by Governor Mark Warner. He was reappointed by Governor Tim Kaine in 2006. As Secretary, Marshall has responsibility for the oversight of fourteen (14) state public safety agencies, including the Department of State Police, Department of Corrections and the Virginia National Guard. John Marshall began his career in public service and law enforcement in 1980 as a State Trooper. During his 14 years with the Department of State Police, he also served as a Special Agent in the Narcotics Division, Sergeant-Instructor at the Training Academy, and as a Sergeant assigned to field operations. In 1994, President Clinton appointed Marshall to serve as the United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia. In 1999, President Clinton nominated Marshall to serve as the Director of the United States Marshals Service, our nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Upon confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Marshall took office as Director in November of 1999. He is the first African-American to serve as the Director. Photos
The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is a statewide organization of federal, state and local police chiefs and law enforcement executives dedicated to improving the professionalism of police agencies in Virginia. The Association was founded in 1926 and has more than 600 members. The Association provides annual training programs for law enforcement executives, directs a statewide traffic safety program for law enforcement, produces Freedom of Information Act guidelines for law enforcement and lobbies for law enforcement interests at the state and federal level.