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Nominations sought for VHIA’s “Homicide Investigator of the Year”

August 7, 2014 | Virginia News

News Image Dear Chief/Sheriff,

The Virginia Homicide Investigators Association will be holding its’ annual training symposium, September 28 through October 1, 2014, at the Chesapeake Marriott, located at 725 Woodlake Drive, in Chesapeake, Virginia. Information regarding the VHIA, registration and topics associated with this year’s symposium may be found by visiting our web site at

As you may know, the VHIA was formed in 1993 by a small group of concerned police investigators who felt the need to provide a forum for the exchange of information and continuing education for those professionals involved primarily with death investigations. The organization draws from local, state and federal agencies in 15 states as well as 4 foreign nations and currently has more than 600 members. There are structured By-Laws in place and the Board of Directors, are elected. The VHIA holds DCJS accredited training seminars throughout the State of Virginia and membership is open to those in governmental law enforcement agencies that are directly involved with death investigations and include prosecutors, forensic technicians, criminal profilers and Medical Examiners.

Each year the V.H.I.A. seeks to identify and recognize the “Homicide Investigator of the Year” from within the Commonwealth of Virginia. An appointed committee reviews nominations where the investigator(s) have gone beyond the scope incorporating dedication, professionalism and the ability to successfully prosecute those responsible for taking a human life. From the nominations, the committee then selects up to three (3) deserving recipients from different regions of the state. The recipient and his/her guest are then invited to attend an “awards” luncheon held during the training symposium where the presentation is made.

On behalf of the VHIA, I would like to extend the opportunity to members of your agency to register for the upcoming training, as well as make a nomination of someone that you feel is deserving of this prestigious award. Nominations are not restricted to your particular agency and may include anyone from a law enforcement agency, the Medical Examiner, Commonwealth Attorney’s office or the Department of Forensic Science. As we realize, budgets for some agencies don’t always allow enough for training, so please keep in mind that attendance does not preclude you from making a nomination(s). The only criteria for this award are that either the homicide/arrest, must have occurred during the nomination year. Nominations for “cold cases” resulting in arrest(s) during these time frames will also be accepted. To provide a just and fair review of the nominee, we would suggest that any news/media related articles, letters of commendation or other departmental awards, with reference to the case be included with your written nomination. Nominations may be submitted by any member of the VHIA, coworkers, immediate supervisors, or anyone affiliated with a law enforcement agency from within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Recipients for the 2014 award will be recognized and honored during a luncheon held during the conference on September 30, 2014.

Please forward your nomination(s) to:

Detective R.W. Young
Chesapeake Police Department
304 Albemarle Drive
Chesapeake, Virginia 23322.

All nominations must be received via U.S Mail or email (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) prior to close of business on September 4, 2014.

Thanking you for your time, I remain


R.W. Young
President, VHIA