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82nd Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Set for Williamsburg

August 26, 2007 | VACP

News Image The 82nd Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) is set for August 26-29, 2007, at the Williamsburg Lodge. VACP President Chief J. Michael Yost and the Williamsburg Police Department are the hosts for the statewide conference. “The conference is a unique opportunity to bring together federal, state, local, private and campus law enforcement executives from Virginia for professional training and peer networking,” according to Chief Yost. The conference is held in conjunction with the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation (VPCF), the charitable educational foundation of the VACP.

The conference opens on Sunday evening, August 26, with a reception in the Exhibit Hall, where conference delegates can visit with vendors of law enforcement services and see demonstrations of public safety products. Opening Ceremonies on Monday morning, August 27, will feature the presentation of the 2007 Law Enforcement Torch Run Awards by Special Olympics Virginia. The 2007 VACP/VPCF Lifesaving Awards will also be announced, with individual awards to be presented at the recipients’ agencies by their chiefs. Featured speaker on Monday morning will be Dr. Paul Ferrara, former director of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science. The 2006 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards will be presented at the noon luncheon on Monday, August 27. The Challenge awards recognize those law enforcement agencies in Virginia with the best traffic safety programs. The awards are sponsored by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. On Tuesday, August 8, the training program reconvenes with professional trainer Stephen Gower, who will focus on image and perception in leadership. The “Help Eliminate Auto Theft” HEAT Awards, sponsored by the Virginia State Police, will be presented to Virginia law enforcement agencies at a noon luncheon on Tuesday, August 28. On Tuesday evening, the VACP/VPCF Annual Valor Awards Banquet will be held to honor the nine recipients of the 2007 Awards for Valor. Officers from the Chesapeake Police Department, Front Royal Police Department, Harrisonburg Police Department, Roanoke Police Department, and Virginia Beach Police Department will be recognized for outstanding acts of valor in the line of duty. Special recognition will also be given to Virginia Beach Police K-9 “Arco” for his role in Act of Valor with his K9 officer. Additionally, the 2007-2008 VACP Executive Board will be elected and installed to lead and serve the Association for the next twelve months. The conference will conclude on Wednesday, August 29, following morning training and business sessions. Approximately 170 police executives from across Virginia attend the annual conference, where they receive required in-service credit for the training sessions. More than 60 law enforcement services and products vendors will host exhibit booths on Sunday and Monday for the conference attendees. -#- 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, an awards program, youth scholarships and a youth leadership camp for high school students.