Adjust text size

Mr. James Larry Howell Receives the Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement Award for 2011

September 28, 2011 | VACP

News Image Mr. James Larry Howell, Lead VCIN Analyst with the Virginia State Police, was honored on September 27, 2011 with the VACP/VPCF Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement Award. The award was presented during the Valor Awards Banquet at the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Norfolk, VA. The Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement Award recognizes one person’s conspicuous act or achievement in the performance of a duty that results in an exceptional and responsible contribution to law enforcement.

In his role as a programming analyst, Mr. Howell oversees approximately 4,300 VCIN terminals, which are located with more than 700 agencies and reflect 33,000 VCIN operators. Mr. Howell is responsible for updating the VCIN system with the addition or modification of message code keys to ensure the proper handling of information between law enforcement agencies in Virginia and with external entities such as the FBI, NCMEC, or NLETS. He is and has been the resident expert for information concerning VCIN system operations for several decades and is well respected by the FBI’s NCIC representatives and all agencies that use the VCIN system.

Mr. Howell’s insight, leadership and direction into the system’s development is a major reason for the success of the system in place today. As a result of his tireless efforts, all Virginia law enforcement agencies have greater access to critical information needed to successfully perform their duties. Mr. Howell has been a driving force for the system that we have in place today and is recognized for his unselfish dedication and professionalism contribution to law enforcement in Virginia. He has dedicated more than 40 years to public safety and shows no signs of slowing down. The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police honors Mr. Larry Howell for his unique leadership in the development of the VCIN system that Virginia agencies rely on today.


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 Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation is a charitable educational foundation created by the VACP to provide training and education programs for law enforcement executives.

PHOTO CAPTION: 2010-11 VACP President Chief Douglas L. Davis, Retired, presents the 2011 VACP/VPCF Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement to Mr. James Larry Howell, Lead VCIN Analyst, Virginia State Police.

HIGH-RES PHOTOS: High-resolution images are available online at