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2016-17 VACP President Chesterfield Police Chief Thierry Dupuis to Retire September 1

June 6, 2017 | VACP

News Image CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – Col. Thierry G. Dupuis, chief of police for Chesterfield County, announced today he will retire Sept. 1, having served the residents of Chesterfield County and the Richmond region for 40 years.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to have served our community and this region for the last 40 years as a law enforcement officer,” Col. Dupuis said. “I am leaving you with a police department that is among the finest in the nation. The men and women of this department serve the needs of this community with honor and compassion. I am very proud to have served with them and worn the uniform of a Chesterfield County Police Officer for so many years.”

During his tenure, Col. Dupuis’ focus has been on strengthening community-police partnerships and building a department that is responsive to the community’s needs. His commitment to educating the community and preventing criminal activity has helped spur the growth of the department’s Community Academy program and Chesterfield’s designation as a certified crime prevention community.  He also supported implementation of a Crisis Intervention Training program, which has helped Chesterfield County first responders be better prepared to serve people experiencing mental health crises.  Most recently, the police department earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.  Renowned in the public safety profession, this accreditation demonstrates the department’s compliance with 189 CALEA standards.

“We have been very fortunate to have someone of Colonel Dupuis’ integrity as our chief of police,” said Dorothy Jaeckle, chair of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors and Bermuda District representative. “He has a very clear set of ethics that is reflected in the caliber of the personnel of our police department.  His qualities and leadership will be missed by Chesterfield and the region.”

Col. Dupuis was appointed chief of police for the Chesterfield County Police Department on July 10, 2007. He began his law enforcement career in 1977 as a deputy with the Richmond City Sergeant’s Office, which is now known as the Richmond City Sheriff's Office. He served as a patrol officer with the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department in 1978, and then joined the Chesterfield County Police Department as a patrol officer in 1979. Col. Dupuis has served in all the department’s major divisions, and he is the first Chesterfield County Police chief to have held all ranks within the department, including officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major and lieutenant colonel.

“Professionalism and ethics, two traits we look for in new officers, are ingrained within Chief Dupuis. His greatest legacy is the renowned department he built upon those traits,” said Dr. Joseph P. Casey, county administrator.

The recruitment process for Dupuis’ replacement is planned to be announced by the Board of Supervisors at its upcoming June 28 meeting.