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2008 VACP President’s Award Presented to Roanoke Chief Joe Gaskins

August 22, 2008 | VACP

News Image Roanoke City Police Chief A. L. “Joe” Gaskins was honored August 19th with the President’s Award at the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Awards Banquet in Hot Springs. VACP 2007-2008 President, Roanoke County Police Chief Ray Lavinder, presented the award to Chief Gaskins for his many years of service to Virginia law enforcement.

Chief Gaskins started his career in 1971 and quickly rose through the ranks to achieve the rank of deputy chief and assistant chief with the Newport News Police Department before being selected as Roanoke City Police Chief. He has worked as a consultant for a number of law enforcement agencies, including the New York Housing Authority Police and the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department. Chief Gaskins also has served as an instructor for the New Jersey Chiefs of Police Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Jackson, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana, Police Departments. “I wanted to select someone who had made a significant contribution to law enforcement and who had assisted me in my career,” said Chief Lavinder. “Chief Gaskins has always advocated for excellence in management, through training for himself and for his staff, and has been tireless in his efforts to support law enforcement professionalism in Virginia.” Chief Gaskins has served as a representative for the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police on the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation. 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.

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For more information, contact: Ms. Dana Schrad, Executive Director — (804) 338-9512 Photo Credit: Erin Schrad, VACP