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Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Receives 2014 VACP President’s Award

September 10, 2014 | VACP

News Image The Honorable Michael Doucette, Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney, was honored on September 9 with the 2014 President’s Award for his many years of dedicated work in the Virginia criminal justice system.

VACP 2013-2014 President, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo, presented the award to Mr. Doucette at the annual conference of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police in Roanoke.

“Each year, the VACP President honors an individual who makes a significant contribution to the law enforcement profession, and specifically to the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.  For the past several years Mike has served as a Legislative Liaison for the Commonwealth Attorneys Association.  In that capacity, he has championed numerous pieces of legislation which has benefitted not only Virginia law enforcement but our criminal justice system here in the Commonwealth.  This past year, Mike has worked hard to coordinate with the VACP to facilitate joint training between our membership and that of the Commonwealth Attorneys Association.  Mike is a true friend to law enforcement, and a credit to our profession,” said Chief Longo in his presentation.

Mike Doucette joined the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in 1984 as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney and has been the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Lynchburg since 2006.  He graduated in 1981 from the University of Connecticut and in 1984 from the Marshall/Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary.

In 2003, Mike was honored by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorney (VACA) with the Von Schuch Award as the outstanding assistant or deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for the entire state.  In 2005 and 2011, he received the Lynchburg Police Department’s Honorable Service Award.   In 2011, Virginia’s Lawyer’s Weekly chose him as one of its 31 honorees for “Leader of the Law” out of more than 45,000 attorneys in Virginia.   In 2014, he received the VACA’s Robert F. Horan Jr. Award as the outstanding Commonwealth’s Attorney for Virginia. 

Mike is a past president of VACA.  He chaired the Protective Order subcommittee of the Governor’s Domestic Violence Prevention Advisory Board and serves on the Virginia State Crime Commission, the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board, the Virginia Supreme Court’s Special Committee on Criminal Discovery Rules, and the board of directors of the National District Attorneys Association.  He is the president of the board of directors for the Virginia Legal Aid Society, is a member of the Lynchburg Museum Advisory Board, and serves on the Virginia Criminal Justice Conference.  He also lectures at the American Legion’s Boys State of Virginia.

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

Photo Caption: 2013-14 VACP President Chief Tim Longo, Charlottesville Police & Hon. Michael Doucette.
Photo Credit: Erin Schrad, VACP

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