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Crime panel in Va. backs stronger police ID policy

October 23, 2014 | Virginia News

By Larry O'Dell The Associated Press © October 21, 2014

RICHMOND — Virginia has made great strides in the past year in improving police lineup procedures, but a state crime panel agreed Tuesday that more should be done to guard against faulty eyewitness identifications.

Police lineups are under scrutiny because 13 of the 16 people wrongly convicted in Virginia and later exonerated by DNA evidence originally were misidentified by eyewitnesses. One was Thomas Haynesworth, who spent 27 years in prison for sexual assaults he didn't commit before being freed in 2011. He said he is happy to see officials recognize the problem and are taking action.

"It's a big issue," he said in a telephone issue. "Many people have been falsely identified, not only by victims but by police."

The Virginia State Crime Commission endorsed legislation requiring law enforcement agencies to adopt a model policy recommended by the state Department of Criminal Justice Services in 2011. Only 6 percent of the agencies responding to a survey last year by University of Virginia law professor Brandon Garrett's had voluntarily adopted the "best practices" model. A new study by the Crime Commission staff found that 46 percent of the 135 agencies now have adopted the model policy, or one nearly identical to it.

A key component of a model policy is the use of "blind" lineups in which the officer in charge doesn't know which person in the live or photo lineup is the actual suspect — a tougher procedure to follow for small departments. The commission's study found that only 10 percent of Virginia's agencies require this method, while 69 percent make it an option. A little more than one-fifth do not use the blind administrator procedure.

Nearly two-thirds of the agencies allow the "folder shuffle" method, in which lineup photos are placed into folders and handed to the witness. The administrator doesn't know which folder contains the suspect's photo and therefore is not prone to unwittingly send any signals as the witness looks through the lineup. This method, which is considered a better alternative for small agencies, also is allowed by Virginia's model policy.

The use of blind lineups is one of the recommendations of a study released earlier this month by the National Academy of Sciences. It found that people's memories are "highly malleable and continuously evolving," which underscores the need for procedures that minimize the risk of misidentification.

The increase in the number of agencies using the model policy "is a great sign for Virginia," said Shawn Armbrust, executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, which fought for Haynesworth's exoneration. "We've been advocating for best practices across the board."

But Dana Schrad, executive director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, cautioned against a "one-size-fits-all" approach. She said Virginia has at least 13 one-person police departments, plus an additional 50 to 60 departments with five or fewer employees, and suggested that the model policy might not work for such small agencies. She cited at least one small police department that doesn't even conduct lineups, but turns that duty over to a larger neighboring department.

Schrad said that if the model policy is made mandatory, the Department of Criminal Justice Services will have to amend it to better accommodate small agencies.

The commission did, however, agree to exempt a handful of sheriffs' departments that do not conduct criminal investigations. Those departments only serve papers and provide courtroom security.

Armbrust said the scientific report lends credence to what lineup reform advocates have been saying all along.

"It helps lend a lot of credibility to the arguments when you have science behind it," she said.

The General Assembly will take up the Crime Commission proposal at the session that begins in January.

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Athletes, volunteers sought for 2015 World Police & Fire Games in Fairfax | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Athletes, volunteers sought for 2015 World Police & Fire Games in Fairfax

October 16, 2014 | VACP


Athlete and volunteer registration now open at

About the Games:
In 1985, the World Police & Fire Games Federation, a non-profit organization, run by the Californian Police Athletics Federation established the World Police & Fire Games.  Today, the World Police & Fire Games are a spectacular international sporting event, offering Police Officers, Firefighters, Customs and Correction Officers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their athletic excellence.  The World Police & Fire Games is one of the largest multi-sport, multi-venue events in the world.  It draws more than 12,000 athletes representing 70 countries competing in 1,600 medal events across 61 sports venues located across the entire National Capital Region in over a 10 day period, the Games strive to inspire, celebrate and honor our public safety officials.

There are NO qualifying events to participate in a sporting event within the World Police & Fire Games.

Free Contagious Disease Planning and Response Special Order | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Free Contagious Disease Planning and Response Special Order

October 16, 2014 | National News

The IACP has re-released the Special Order on Pandemic Flu Planning and Response as an awareness and planning tool for police agencies in light of the introduction of the Ebola virus into the United States and the continuing spread of Enterovirus D68.

The Centers for Disease Control and local health authorities are taking appropriate measures to contain these viruses. Nonetheless, this is a good time for police departments to examine their contingency plans for dealing with widespread communicable diseases and the possible impact a pandemic illness could have on a department's ability to continue service to and protection for their communities.

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Town of Smithfield designated as smallest Certified Crime Prevention Community | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Town of Smithfield designated as smallest Certified Crime Prevention Community

October 9, 2014 | Virginia News

The Town of Smithfield has been officially designated the smallest municipality in the Commonwealth of Virginia to become a Certified Crime Prevention Community! The Department of Criminal Justice Services presented the award at the Town Council Meeting on October 8th.

What does it mean to be a Certified Crime Prevention Community?
In 1998 an Executive Order created the New Partnership Commission for Community Safety, charged with the responsibility of advising the Governor on new initiatives to “promote community safety, particularly youth and family safety.” The Commission worked diligently to assess the needs of localities across the Commonwealth and assist them in addressing their individual community safety issues. The Commission asked the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to recommend programs that foster the development of community safety initiatives at the local level. DCJS proposed, and the Commission approved, the Certified Crime Prevention Community Program.

Based on a study conducted by the Virginia State Crime Commission in 1993, the goal of the program is to publicly recognize and certify localities that have implemented a defined set of community safety strategies as part of a comprehensive community safety/crime prevention effort. One of the first of its kind in the nation, the program encourages localities to develop and implement collaborative community safety plans within a flexible framework designed by the Commission. Furthermore, it provides an ongoing process by which communities can reassess and update their plans to address emerging community safety issues.

To obtain certification, a locality must meet 12 core community safety elements/strategies augmented by a minimum of seven approved optional elements. DCJS runs and monitors the program.

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Town of Amherst Hires New Police Chief | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Town of Amherst Hires New Police Chief

October 9, 2014 | Virginia News

Amherst, VA – The Town of Amherst has announced the appointment of Robert Kimbrel as Chief of the Town of Amherst Police Department, following a search to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Police Chief Kelvin Brown earlier this year.

Chief Kimbrel was selected from a pool of 31 candidates following a rigorous selection process.  He is expected to be on the job on a part time basis until he converts to full-time status in November.

A law enforcement veteran with over 23 years of experience, Kimbrel is currently the Chief Ranger and Assistant Park Manager of Occoneechee State Park in Clarksville, VA. Prior to his service in Clarksville, Kimbrel rose through the ranks at the City of Poquoson, Virginia Police Department during his 20 years of service to that community to Police Sergeant and Supervisor of Investigations.

"On behalf of the Town Council and Amherst’s residents and business operators, I am delighted to welcome Robert Kimbrel to Amherst,” said Mayor Kilgore. “During his interview we were not only impressed by his qualifications and prior experience, but also by his enthusiastic demeanor, thoughtful insights, communication skills, and leadership style. It was this combination of traits that makes him an excellent fit with Amherst and our top choice for the job.”

Kimbrel is enthusiastic about serving in Amherst. “I am honored to be selected as Amherst’s next Chief of Police. The entire process has been a very positive experience for me. I look forward to getting to know and work with the other officers in the Amherst Police Department and building upon the solid foundation that developed during the tenure of earlier chiefs. I also look forward to serving the residents and businesses of and visitors to my new home and interacting with them to learn their needs.”

Kimbrel brings a record of effective and collaborative leadership and a commitment to innovation. He has been highly regarded for soliciting input from staff and reaching out to community stakeholders and other law enforcement agencies to collaborate on local and regional issues of concern.

In Amherst, Kimbrel will oversee a 5-member law enforcement agency with an annual budget of $392,000. The Amherst Police Department serves a permanent population of 2,213 that swells to over 5,000 individuals in and near the Town’s corporate limits during most working days.

Kimbrel is a Fraternal Order of Police Officer of the Year recipient awarded for saving the life of a drowning victim during a river rescue.  He is also a Department of Criminal Justice Services state certified Crime Prevention Specialist.

Kimbrel has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from of St. Leo University where he was a Magna Cum Laude honor graduate. He is a graduate of the Hampton Roads Regional Academy of Criminal Justice and is active in several state and national law enforcement organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police, National Tactical Officers Association, and Virginia Crime Prevention Association. He has been accepted into the Masters Program in Criminal Justice at Saint Leo University.

New police chief named for Bedford | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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New police chief named for Bedford

October 8, 2014 | Virginia News

News Image BEDFORD — The Town of Bedford has named a new police chief.

Todd Foreman has lived in the Town of Bedford for 12 years but worked for the police department for 18.5 years. He previously worked in crime prevention, patrol, and as a Lieutenant over the Operations Division for the past few years.

“He is the most qualified by education, experience, and demeanor. Also, he has proven himself to be a member of the community,” Town Manager Charles Kolakowski said.

Foreman will be sworn in at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Bedford Town Manager’s Office, 215 E. Main St.

“I am excited. I want to continue to have the department be more involved in the community and meeting with people,” Foreman said.

He was among four finalists for the position. Kolakowski said there were about 25 applicants. The top four applicants were given a formal interview before a panel of city officials.

Foreman was the only internal applicant. One other was from Virginia and the other two from out of state, Kolakowski said.

“He will make a fine Chief of Police, someone who will make sure the department is working for and with the community. I have a lot of confidence in him and looking forward to working with him as chief,” Kolakowski said.

Foreman will begin his first day today. He was named chief after the previous chief, Jim Day, announced his retirement in July. The Bedford Police Department employs 24 officers and three civilians.

by Ashlie Walter, Lynchburg News-Advance

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Governor Signs Executive Order Establishing Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Governor Signs Executive Order Establishing Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse

September 26, 2014 | Virginia News

News Image Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 29 establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse. The task force will recommend immediate steps to address a growing and dangerous epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse in the Commonwealth.

The order asks the task force to suggest strategies that will raise public awareness about the dangers of misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, train health care providers on best practices for pain management, identify treatment options and alternatives to incarceration for people with addiction, and promote the safe storage and disposal of prescription drugs.  The task force will also seek to expand use of the rescue drug, naloxone, which has been shown to prevent death from overdose, and leverage the Prescription Monitoring Program to reduce abuse of prescription drugs.  Overall, through these efforts, the task force will seek a measurable reduction in deaths from prescription drug and heroin abuse.

“Prescription painkiller and heroin abuse is a nationwide problem, and is spreading rapidly across the Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We must take immediate action in Virginia, or these terrible trends will continue to ravage our families, our businesses and our economy.  As part of my plan, A Healthy Virginia, I am creating this statewide task force so we can identify and implement strategies that will prevent drug abuse and help people with addiction get the treatment they need to recover.  I am confident that by working together to address this growing problem we will be able to make our communities safer, save lives, and put us on a pathway toward building a new Virginia economy.”

Governor McAuliffe was joined by Senator Tim Kaine at the announcement, who noted: “I am grateful to Governor McAuliffe for forming a task force to address the prescription drug and heroin abuse epidemic that is threatening the health and safety of our communities. This summer, I witnessed firsthand the impact of addiction and the importance of recovery as I spoke with Virginians across the Commonwealth, including at a drug court graduation in Salem and a Project REVIVE training session in Lebanon. I’m proud to see Virginia taking innovative approaches to combat this crisis and I am committed to being a partner at the federal level.”

The Task Force will be co-chaired by Dr. Bill Hazel, Secretary of Health and Human Resources, and Brian Moran, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, and will be composed of representatives from the Office of the Attorney General, the legislature, and the judiciary, as well as relevant state and local agencies, law enforcement, health professionals, community advocates, and individuals with personal experience with addiction.

“We recognize that we cannot simply arrest our way out of the serious opioid and heroin problem we face,” stated Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran.  “Using a collaborative approach that addresses public health and public safety, we can save lives, reduce crime and target scarce law enforcement resources on dealers and traffickers”

Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel added: “Health care providers have been effectively engaged in the effort to discourage misuse of prescription opioids.  The rise of heroin abuse should not discourage us, but inspire us to work harder, in coordination with our partners to prevent heroin addiction and overdose death. The work we began last year to reduce prescription drug abuse offers a sound foundation for our future efforts.”

The full text of Executive Order 29 is below.




            Nationally, prescription drug and heroin abuse has reached epidemic proportions. Since 2000, deaths from prescription drug overdoses in Virginia have more than doubled, while deaths from heroin overdoses have doubled in the past two years. Though prescription drugs are generally safe when used as prescribed, the misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers (opioids) can lead to addiction, and even death. In addition, individuals that are addicted to opioids are shifting to heroin, as prescription drugs become less available.

            Prescription opioid and heroin abuse has also led to an increased burden on law enforcement and elevated health care costs from drug-related emergency department visits and treatment admissions. While the numbers of Virginians requiring treatment for addiction to drugs are substantial, resources for treating those who are addicted are limited. It is vital to the Commonwealth’s interests to take immediate steps to reverse this dangerous trend of abuse. Therefore, I am directing relevant state and local agencies, health and behavioral health care professionals and organizations, law enforcement, and other stakeholders to work together toward reducing prescription opioid and heroin addiction, curtailing related criminal activity, and enhancing the health, safety, and well-being of all Virginians.

Establishment of the Task Force

            Accordingly, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor under Article V of the Constitution of Virginia and under the laws of the Commonwealth, including, but not limited to §§ 2.2-134 and 2.2-135 of the Code of Virginia, and subject to my continuing and ultimate authority and responsibility to act in such matters, I hereby establish the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse (“Task Force”).

            The Task Force will serve in an advisory role, in accordance with § 2.2-2100 of the Code of Virginia, and will be responsible for recommending short-term and long-term measures that can be taken to tackle prescription drug and heroin abuse and addiction, using best practices and evidence-based strategies.
Composition of the Task Force

            The Secretary of Health and Human Resources and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security will serve as Co-Chairs. The Task Force will be composed of representatives from the Office of the Attorney General, legislature, and judiciary, as well as relevant state and local agencies, law enforcement, health and behavioral health care professionals, providers, community advocates, and individuals with personal experience, as appointed by the Governor. The Governor may appoint any other person(s) deemed necessary and proper to carry out the assigned functions.

Key Objectives

            The Task Force will offer recommendations to meet the Commonwealth’s objectives listed under the following five major areas: 1) education, 2) treatment, 3) data and monitoring, 4) drug storage and disposal, and 5) enforcement.

            The Task Force will also recommend specific metrics to be used to track progress in each of these five areas, and will suggest a target for each area with a date by which the goals should be met.
Overall, the Task Force will seek measures for the reduction in deaths from prescription drug and heroin abuse within 5 years.

1.     Education

  • Raise public awareness about the dangers of misuse and abuse of prescription drugs
  • Distribute information about appropriate use, secure storage, and disposal of prescription drugs
  • Train health care providers regarding best practices for opioid prescribing, pain management, the use of the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), and identification and treatment of individuals at risk of substance abuse through screening, intervention, and referral tools
  • Train first responders to more effectively respond to calls involving overdose, and use evidence-based interventions to reduce overdose deaths

2.     Treatment

  • Improve access to and availability of treatment services
  • Foster best practices and adherence to standards for treatment of individuals addicted to opioids
  • Strengthen and expand the capacity of Virginia’s health workforce to respond to substance abuse treatment needs, including encouraging health professions schools and continuing education programs to provide more education about how to identify and treat substance abuse

3.     Data and Monitoring

  • Share and integrate data among relevant licensing boards, state and local    agencies, law enforcement, courts, health care providers and organizations,     and programs such as the PMP, in order to clarify and address public safety and public health concerns, understand emerging trends, and utilize data-driven decision-making to mitigate harm

4.     Storage and Disposal

  • Advance effective solutions that lead to safe storage and proper disposal of potentially dangerous prescription drugs

5.     Enforcement

  • Identify and promote evidence-based best practices and strategies across the criminal justice system to address public safety risks and treatment needs of individuals with opioid addiction, training in the use of life saving interventions, expanded alternatives to incarceration, including drug courts, and cross-system collaboration to improve access to and the availability of treatment


            Staff support for the Task Force will be furnished by the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Office of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, and such other agencies and offices as designated by the Governor. The Task Force will meet upon the call of the Chair at least four times per year. The Task Force will provide initial recommendations to the Governor on or before December 31, 2014, a comprehensive implementation plan by June 30, 2015, and any additional reports as necessary.

Effective Date

            This Executive Order shall be effective upon its signing and, pursuant to §§ 2.2-134 and   2.2-135 of the Code of Virginia, shall remain in full force and effect for a year from its signing or until superseded or rescinded.

            Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia this 26th day of September, 2014.




Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor



    Attest:        _______________________________________

Levar M. Stoney, Secretary of the Commonwealth



Office of the Governor
Contact: Brian Coy
Phone: 804-225-4260
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FBI Releases Study on Active Shooter Incidents (2000-2013) | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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FBI Releases Study on Active Shooter Incidents (2000-2013)

September 25, 2014 | National News

Today the FBI is releasing a study of 160 active shooter incidents that occurred between 2000 and 2013 throughout the U.S. The primary purpose of the study? To provide our law enforcement partners—normally the first responders on the scene of these dangerous and fast-moving events—with data that will help them to better prepare for and respond to these incidents, saving more lives and keeping themselves safer in the process.

But we believe the information contained in this study can benefit anyone who could potentially be in an active shooter situation—like emergency personnel, employees of retail corporations and other businesses, educators and students, government and military personnel, members of the general public, etc.—by giving them a better understanding of how these incidents play out.

We began the study in early 2014. With assistance from Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center, we researched possible active shooter incidents in the U.S. during our selected time frame using official police records, after action reports, and shooting commission documents as well as FBI resources and open source information. We identified 160 events that fit our criteria—individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in populated areas (excluding shootings related to gang or drug violence).

Once the incidents were identified—and we’re confident that our research captured the vast majority of active shooter events falling within the specified time frame—we looked at each incident separately to identify its characteristics, then we correlated the data from all of the incidents to get a fuller picture of active shooter incidents in general. (See sidebar for highlights of the study’s overall findings.)

Because so many of these incidents unfold so rapidly, Special Agent Katherine Schweit—who heads the FBI’s Active Shooter Initiative—says she hopes the study “demonstrates the need not only for enhanced preparation on the part of law enforcement and other first responders, but also for civilians to be engaged in discussions and training on decisions they’d have to make in an active shooter situation.”

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One trooper’s respect for the state police leads to honor guard bagpiper | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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One trooper’s respect for the state police leads to honor guard bagpiper

September 24, 2014 | Virginia News

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Trooper Gavin Scott, a nine-year veteran with the Virginia State Police, visited with Bluefield College students Monday morning to discuss his work as a bagpiper in the department’s honor guard. The students are members of Dr. Kelly Walls criminal justice class.

Scott, a Bluefield, Va., native, told the students that the honor guard serves at the funerals of line-of-duty deaths and for retirees of the police and fire departments in Virginia.

“The honor guard and color guard are two separate things,” Scott said. He explained that the color guard appears at the opening of state ceremonies, in parades and at other events. He said the honor guard participates in memorial services for officers who died in the line of duty, police veteran retirees and fire department veterans. During his few years as a piper, Scott has piped in front of two Virginia governors as well as for memorial services throughout the state.

The state police pipers are true to the traditions of the pipers. Scott explained that during the mid-19th century when many Scots and Irish immigrants came to the United States, the only jobs they could get were in the dangerous occupations of police work and firefighting. The tradition of playing bagpipes at the funerals of their fallen comrades started at that time and continues to the present.

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Colonial Heights to equip entire police force with body cameras | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Colonial Heights to equip entire police force with body cameras

September 24, 2014 | Virginia News

Before the end of the year, turning on a body camera should be as common as switching on a police radio for Colonial Heights’ finest.

The department has become the latest Richmond-area police agency to embrace the technology and will be among the first to equip all its officers with the devices, hopefully within 60 days, officials announced this week.

“Body cameras will be the norm in the future for all law enforcement agencies,” Colonial Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Faries predicted.

After a recently completed 90-day test run, the city is acquiring 42 of the cameras, each with small tactical computers, for about $70,000, which includes data storage and licensing. The program will also have a recurring annual cost of about $20,000.

City officials believe the cameras will be well worth the cost in terms of reducing citizen complaints, documenting crimes scenes and officers’ interaction with criminal suspects and motorists during traffic stops. It will change residents’ and officers’ behavior for the better, they say, and help the department identify and correct training deficiencies among the rank-and-file.

The city’s decision comes on the heels of a similar announcement less than two weeks ago by the Henrico County Division of Police, which plans to eventually equip each of its 400-plus officers with body cameras by Jan. 1, 2016. The department plans to have the first 36 cameras in hand by Oct. 1.

The Ashland Police Department recently equipped all of its patrol officers with body cameras, and Petersburg police bought 50 of the units in 2011. But Petersburg’s use of the devices has been spotty because of problems related to data storage, a police spokeswoman said.

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Charlottesville police chief leads emotional, forceful search for missing U-Va. student | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Charlottesville police chief leads emotional, forceful search for missing U-Va. student

September 24, 2014 | Virginia News

News Image The father of a missing University of Virginia sophomore stood before reporters, raising a tiny stuffed rabbit as he pleaded for someone to come forward with information that would locate his daughter, the child whose lifetime of love had worn that bunny from new and white to gray and shabby.

Off to the side, another father stood in uniform Sunday, waiting to make the same appeal with nearly as much passion but much more edge.

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy J. Longo has pounded the top of lecterns, jabbed the air and fixed steady stares into media cameras since 18-year-old Hannah Graham disappeared Sept. 13. As the search for the missing student is followed nationally and even internationally, it also has drawn attention to the small-town police chief with a bulldog demeanor.

Longo, 51, has scolded members of the public who haven’t called in sightings, because he is certain that some of them saw John Graham’s daughter after she apparently lost her way home after a night out with friends: “Pick. Up. The. Phone.”

He has praised more than a thousand others who have searched and shared tips, embracing them as part of his team: “You rose to the occasion. . . . You stepped up to the plate.”

And in an unusual turn, Longo has publicly named a man who until Tuesday night had not been charged in the disappearance, saying he is the last person to have been seen with Graham before she “vanished off the face of the earth.”

At a news conference Tuesday evening, Longo announced a warrant for Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., charging him with abduction with intent to defile.

Longo, himself a lawyer, had virtually shouted Matthew’s name in earlier news conferences and welled up with tears when he invoked the pain of any parent missing a daughter. His swings have drawn attention to his passion and his policing — and how he is balancing those pressures on the 11th day with no sign of Graham.

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Charlottesville lieutenant named police chief of Louisa | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Charlottesville lieutenant named police chief of Louisa

September 24, 2014 | Virginia News

After four decades of serving with the Charlottesville Police Department, Lt. Ronnie Roberts will retire early next month and take over the reins as police chief in the town of Louisa, town officials confirmed Tuesday.

Roberts, who has worked as a patrol officer, a dispatcher, traffic division supervisor and patrol supervisor, as well as his most recent stint as department spokesman, will begin his tour of duty in Louisa on Oct. 6.

“We’re very lucky to have him joining us because he brings so much experience and knowledge of law enforcement,” said Louisa Mayor R. Garland Nuckols. “He’s a wealth of information when it comes to law enforcement and community involvement.”

Roberts, 59, will replace former town Chief Jessie L. Shupe, who left the department in June to take the helm of the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport Authority Public Safety Department.

Roberts said he is looking forward to the challenge.

“I am impressed with the people in Louisa. They have a very professional [police force] and I was glad to see so many people I know that I’ve met and worked with in the past,” Roberts said. “I’m looking forward to working with the [Louisa County] Sheriff’s Office and the fire departments out there. They have some great leadership and great people working for them.”

Roberts, who has worked with the city police department for 40 years, including teaching at the Central Shenandoah Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy and other criminal justice-related courses, is retiring from the city department after bumping up against the department’s mandatory retirement age of 60.

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Norfolk chief orders 300 body cameras for officers | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Norfolk chief orders 300 body cameras for officers

September 23, 2014 | Virginia News

Police Chief Mike Goldsmith has ordered 300 body cameras for his officers - a purchase intended to improve transparency of policing and eliminate "he said/she said" disputes.

City Manager Marcus Jones told City Council members about the request Monday at their annual retreat. The department has more than 700 officers.

The purchase comes after police shot and killed two men armed with knives in June and wounded a woman when she was shot by an officer in her car in August.

After a white police officer killed an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., last month, Goldsmith said he worried that incident would affect his department's relationship with the community and that he was seeking ways to strengthen his department's community ties.

Drug forfeiture assets will be used to buy 300 cameras to start the program, city spokeswoman Lori Crouch said. The request is making its way through the city's purchasing department, she said.

Chesapeake police officers already wear a body camera to record their actions.

"I think Ferguson is a wake-up call to all of us, to reexamine ourselves," Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim said.

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Members of Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Governor McAuliffe Announces Members of Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence

September 22, 2014 | Virginia News

News Image RICHMOND –Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the 30 members of the Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence to the administration today. The appointees include a wide variety of experts in the field of sexual assault from law enforcement to educators, forensic nurses, Title IX coordinators, advocates, and more.

The Task Force, chaired by Attorney General Mark Herring, will hold quarterly meetings that will focus on finding common solutions to building safer, more educated college communities within the Commonwealth, with the goal of creating best practices for education and prevention of sexual violence on campus.

“There is no bigger concern then the health and safety of our citizens in the Commonwealth. As Governor, I am committed to building a new Virginia economy where students are free from the threat of sexual violence. It is circuital that we work together with the schools, educators, and law enforcement to build on our goal for all higher education institutions to be safe places of learning and growing,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Dorothy and I care deeply about this issue, and as parents we know the importance of sending your children off to a new and safe place, and we want that for all of Virginia’s young people. This task force is the first step in making sure that prevention, education, and awareness are spread about sexual violence, and ensures that Virginia will lead the way on combating this issue.”

In addition to the task force, the Office of Attorney General has begun a review with each college and university of current policies and procedures for prevention and response.

"Governor McAuliffe, Virginia's college and university presidents, and I have sent a clear message that sexual violence will not be tolerated on our college campuses, nor will a societal culture that condones it in any way," said Attorney General Herring. "I look forward to working with this exceptional group of advocates, students, administrators, and experts to make sure that, as a Commonwealth, we are doing everything we can to prevent sexual violence, and to ensure that our response to reports of sexual violence is timely, appropriate, and survivor-centered. Virginia schools must remain safe and welcoming places where students, faculty and staff can live, learn, and work."

Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence Task Force Members:

  • Peter A. Blake of Richmond, Director, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

  • Fran Bradford of Richmond, Associate Vice President for Government Relations, The College of William and Mary

  • Ángel Cabrera of Fairfax, President of George Mason University

  • Judy Casteele of Buena Vista, Executive Director, Project Horizon, Inc.

  • Jean A. Cheek, RN BS SANE-A of Henrico, Forensic Nurse Examiner, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Leah K. Cox, PhD of Fredericksburg, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion, Title IX Coordinator, University of Mary Washington

  • Maggie Cullinan of Charlottesville, Director, Charlottesville Victim/Witness Assistance Program

  • Brandon T. Day of Richmond, President, Student Government Association, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Daniel Dusseau of Fairfax, Chief of Police, Northern Virginia Community College

  • Dorothy J Edwards, Ph.D. of Burke, Executive Director of Green Dot

  • William R. Grace, Colonel USMC (Ret) of Lexington, Inspector General and Title IX Coordinator, Parents Council Liaison, Virginia Military Institute

  • Allen W. Groves of Waynesboro, University Dean of Students, University of Virginia

  • Melissa Ratcliff Harper of Roanoke, Forensic Nurse Examiner, Carilion Clinic-Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

  • Tom Kramer of Richmond, Executive Director, Virginia21

  • Penelope W. Kyle of Radford, President, Radford University

  • Michael C. Maxey of Salem, President, Roanoke College

  • Donna Poulsen Michaelis of Chesterfield, Manager, Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety

  • Christopher N. Ndiritu of Norfolk, Student Body President, Student Government Association, Old Dominion University

  • Nancy Oglesby of Henrico, Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

  • Ellen W. Plummer, Ph.D of Blacksburg,  Assistant Provost of Virginia Tech University

  • Marianne M. Radcliff of Richmond, Vice-President, Kemper Consulting; Member, Longwood University Board of Visitors

  • The Honorable Abby Raphael of Arlington, Vice Chair, Arlington County School Board; former Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Arlington County

  • Daphne Maxwell Reid of Petersburg, Member, Virginia State University Board of Visitors

  • Emily Renda of Charlottesville, Program Coordinator in Student Affairs, University of Virginia

  • Tracy S. Rusillo of Hanover, Major, Virginia State Police

  • Frank Shushok, Jr. of Blacksburg, Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Virginia Tech

  • Rosemary D. Trible of Newport News, President of Fear 2 Freedom

  • John A. Venuti of Richmond, Assistant Vice President of Public Safety/Chief of Police, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Kristi VanAudenhove of Whitestone, Executive Director, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

  • Raychel Whyte of Washington D.C., Administrator at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

PERF Report: “Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program - Recommendations and Lessons Learned” | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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PERF Report: “Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program - Recommendations and Lessons Learned”

September 18, 2014 | National News

The Police Executive Research Forum's Report on body cameras is now available. The Report addresses a complex of strategic and tactical questions associated with adopting a body camera program.


From PERF Executive Director Chuck Wexler:

"Last year, the Justice Department asked PERF to identify the issues raised by this new technology, and to produce recommendations for police agencies that may be interested in deploying body cameras.

PERF convened a conference on body cameras last September.  We also have been conducting research, interviewing police executives about their experiences with body cameras, and analyzing policies that have been adopted by many departments.

Our final report analyzes the issues and provides 33 detailed recommendations on a wide range of questions, including the following:

  • When should officers be required to activate body-worn cameras, and under what circumstances may they be allowed to turn the cameras on and off?
  • Should officers be required to inform subjects that they are being recorded?
  • What should officers do if a crime victim or witness does not want to be recorded?
  • Who should download the video from an officer's camera?
  • How can supervisors prevent officers from tampering with or deleting video footage?
  • How long should various types of recordings be retained before they can be deleted?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of storing video recordings in-house, as opposed to contracting out that function?
  • Within a law enforcement agency, who should be allowed to review body camera footage?
  • How should police agencies approach questions about releasing video recordings to the public and the news media?
  • What should be included in training of officers to use body cameras?

The detailed answers to these questions are found in our report and recommendations. As a general matter, one point that I would like to highlight is that PERF found many reasons to believe that body cameras can benefit the field of policing, but we caution against rushing into a body camera program without thinking through all of the implications.

The benefits are clear:  Body cameras can help to de-escalate encounters between officers and members of the public, because most people tend to behave better if they know they are being recorded.  So police chiefs who have deployed cameras tell us that confrontational incidents and complaints against officers decline.  Cameras sometimes uncover problems with officers' training that can be remedied. Cameras can provide officers with protection against false complaints, or they can provide important evidence if an officer's actions are improper.  And cameras can give the community a sense that their police are accountable for their actions.

The implications of launching a body-worn camera program are very significant.  If you deploy body cameras, you create a reasonable expectation that the videos will be made available to the news media and the public.  You will need to set strict policies on when officers must turn the cameras on and off.  If there is a critical incident but the officer failed to capture it on video, the camera program may actually damage your relationship of trust with the community. 

Decisions about whether to release a particular video to the public can be complex, balancing the public's interest in seeing a video against a crime victim's privacy, for example.  And the logistical issues are enormous.  Video recordings consume large quantities of digital data.  Even if you contract out the task of storing the data, you may need to hire people to respond to public requests for particular videos.  This can involve the time-consuming task of redacting certain sections of a video.  The costs of purchasing cameras are relatively small, compared to the monthly costs of maintaining and managing the video recordings.

2014 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Presented for Best Traffic Safety Programs in 2013 | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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2014 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Presented for Best Traffic Safety Programs in 2013

September 11, 2014 | VACP

News Image The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge awards for the best traffic safety programs in the state in 2013.

The awards luncheon took place during the VACP’s 89th Annual Training Conference on Tuesday, September 9 at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, VA.

Celebrating its twenty-fifth year in Virginia, the Law Enforcement Challenge program promotes professionalism in traffic safety enforcement and encourages agencies to share best practices and programs with each other. The awards are based on entries prepared by the participating agencies that highlight their traffic safety education and enforcement activities in the past calendar year. Judges award points to the agencies in the six areas that comprise a comprehensive traffic safety program: problem identification, policies, planning,  training of officers, public information and education, enforcement, and an evaluation of the outcomes of the agency’s efforts.

The Virginia Challenge is held in cooperation with the National Law Enforcement Challenge Awards, which are presented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). This year, thirty-five Virginia agencies entered the competition, of which eight were selected to receive national awards. National Challenge award winners have been announced by the IACP on their web site at National awards will be presented in October at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

The Virginia agencies listed below will be presented with their state Challenge first, second and third place awards in each category at the luncheon, as well as special awards for outstanding enforcement and education efforts in the areas of occupant protection, impaired driving, speed awareness, commercial motor vehicle safety, distracted driving, technology, bicycle/pedestrian safety, and motorcycle safety. Additionally, the VACP will present an award for the most outstanding traffic safety program in Virginia in 2013, regardless of agency size or type — the “Commonwealth Award”. The 2014 recipient of the Commonwealth Award is the Roanoke County Police Department.

The Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards program is supported by a grant from the Virginia Highway Safety Office. Additional information about the Law Enforcement Challenge program can be found online at


The winners of the 2014 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge are as follows:

Municipal 1: 1-10 Officers Place Notes
Saltville Police Department 1  
West Point Police Department 2  
Municipal 2: 11-25 Officers Place Notes
Ashland Police Department 1 2014 NLEC Winner: 3rd place, Municipal 1 (1-25 Officers)
Bedford Police Department 2  
Purcellville Police Department 3  
Municipal 3: 26-50 Officers Place Notes
Culpeper Police Department 1  
Radford City Police Department 2  
Colonial Heights Police Department 3  
Municipal 4: 51-75 Officers Place Notes
Herndon Police Department 1  
Salem Police Department 2  
Municipal 5: 76-125 Officers Place Notes
James City County Police Department 1  
Leesburg Police Department 2  
Harrisonburg Police Department 3 VLEC Special Award: Motorcycle Safety
Municipal 6: 126-300 Officers Place Notes
Roanoke County Police Department 1 2014 Commonwealth Award Winner

2014 NLEC Winner: 1st place, Municipal 3 (76-250 Officers)
Roanoke Police Department 2 VLEC Special Award: Technology

2014 NLEC Winner: 2nd place, Municipal 3 (76-250 Officers)
Albemarle County Police Department 3 (tie) VLEC Special Award: Speed Awareness
Portsmouth Police Department 3 (tie)  
Municipal 7: 301-450 Officers Place Notes
Chesapeake Police Department 1  
Newport News Police Department 2  
Municipal 8: 451-700 Officers Place Notes
Henrico County Division of Police 1 2014 NLEC Winner: 1st place, Municipal 4 (251+ Officers)
Municipal 9: 701+ Officer Place Notes
Fairfax County Police Department 1 VLEC Special Award: Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety
Virginia Beach Police Department 2 VLEC Special Award: Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety
Sheriff 1: 1-25 Deputies Place Notes
New Kent County Sheriff's Office 1 VLEC Special Award: Distracted Driving

2014 NLEC Winner: 2nd place, Sheriff 1 (1-50 Deputies)
Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office 2 VLEC Special Award: Impaired Driving

2014 NLEC Winner: 1st place, Sheriff 1 (1-50 Deputies) & National Sheriffs’ Association Top Traffic Safety Unit Award
Sheriff 2: 26-50 Deputies Place Notes
Amherst County Sheriff's Office 1  
Wythe County Sheriff's Office 2  
Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office 3  
Sheriff 3: 51-75 Deputies Place Notes
Gloucester County Sheriff's Office 1  
Sheriff 4: 76-125 Deputies Place Notes
Fauquier County Sheriff's Office 1  
Washington County Sheriff's Office 2  
Sheriff 5: 126-300 Deputies Place Notes
Stafford County Sheriff's Office 1 2014 NLEC Winner: 3rd place, Sheriff 2 (51-250 Deputies)
Hanover County Sheriff's Office 2  
University Police Place Notes
Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department 1 2014 NLEC Winner: 1st place, College – University Law Enforcement
University of Richmond Police Department 2



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September FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin is Now Online | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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September FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin is Now Online

September 10, 2014 | National News

The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin can be accessed at .

September Content

Criminal Investigative Analysis: Applications for the Courts (Part Four of Four) - Different views exist as to what role criminal investigative analysis plays in the legal system.

Suicide by Cop: Broadening Our Understanding - Law enforcement officers must learn to recognize signals that indicate a potential suicide by cop.

Futures Perspective: A Retrospective: Police Academy Training in 2032 - Eighteen years in the future, law enforcement academies have migrated their training to online, virtual reality, and simulation-based platforms.

Officer Survival Spotlight: Circumstances and the Deadly Mix - Officers must enter every situation with a full appreciation of the circumstances they will face.

Leadership Spotlight: Should You Always Lead from the Front? - Effective leaders are agile enough to lead from the front, the middle, or the back.

VPSF Announces Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial Dedication Events | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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VPSF Announces Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial Dedication Events

September 10, 2014 | VACP

News Image Today, Virginia Public Safety Foundation (VPSF) announced a schedule of events to mark the completion of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial, culminating with a dedication ceremony on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the memorial’s Capitol Square location.

A Memorial Prayer Service will be held on Friday, December 5, at 12 noon, at St. Paul’s Church. The service will include prayers and hymns of thanksgiving in honor of Virginia's first responders.  Following the service, the memorial will be open to visitors.

A Celebration of Heroes will be held on Friday, December 5, at 6 p.m., at John Marshall Ballrooms. This reception and dinner will acknowledge the contributions of donors, supporters, and survivors to the Memorial campaign. The event will include a reception, dinner and brief program of speakers.

The Memorial Dedication Ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 6, at 1 p.m., at the memorial site on Capitol Square. The ceremony will include the reading of Virginia’s honor roll of fallen public safety officers and the official transfer of the memorial’s ownership from VPSF to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Complete event details, including RSVP information, are available on-line at VPSF Memorial Dedication Events.

VACP/VPCF Recognize Twenty-Five Virginia Officers with 2014 Lifesaving Awards | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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VACP/VPCF Recognize Twenty-Five Virginia Officers with 2014 Lifesaving Awards

September 10, 2014 | VACP

Twenty-five Virginia police officers are the recipients of the 2014 Lifesaving Awards presented by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation (VPCF.) The awards will be announced September 9 at the VACP/VPCF Annual Conference in Roanoke, Virginia, and awarded at a later date at ceremonies at the officers’ agencies.

The Lifesaving Award recognizes an officer’s actions that put the officer in harm’s way in an attempt to save the life of another individual. The 2014 VACP/VPCF Lifesaving Award recipients are as follows:

Chesterfield County Police Department
Master Officer Paul J. Cunniff, Sr.
Sr. Officer Kenneth J. King
Officer Edward C. Costley

On June 14, 2013, Officer Paul Cunniff responded to a house fire call. Initial reports indicated that someone was on the roof of the residence, but responding officers did not see anyone on the roof when they arrived. Officer Cunniff saw flames and heavy smoke billowing from the roof, but did not hesitate to enter the home. He was able to safely remove one person from inside the residence. That victim said his father was still inside and, based on this statement, Officer Cunniff re-entered the burning, ranch-style home to find the second victim.

Officer Cunniff could barely see the man through the smoke; the man was attempting to extinguish the fire with a garden hose. The ceiling was just beginning to fall as Officer Cunniff made contact with Mr. Anderson and advised him to leave. Mr. Anderson was adamant that he would not leave, as he was trying to extinguish the fire. The situation was deteriorating rapidly and Officer Cunniff determined that physically restraining Mr. Anderson and forcibly removing him from the residence was his only option. As Officer Cunniff did so, Mr. Anderson fought stubbornly, with garden hose in hand, to remain in the house. As the two made it to the threshold, Officers Costley and King helped Officer Cunniff remove Mr. Anderson. The officers then attempted to block re-entry as Mr. Anderson forced his way back into the house. All three officers ran back into the burning home after him, and had to physically remove the argumentative and combative man from the residence once again. As they removed him from the residence this last time, Fire and EMS arrived to put out the fire.

Without concern for their own well-being, Master Officer Paul J. Cunniff, Sr. Officer Kenneth J. King and Officer Edward C. Costley went above and beyond the call of duty, putting them in harm’s way to save the lives of the victims.

Chesterfield County Police Department
Officer Brian M. Dentel

On February 27, 2014, Officer Brian Dentel responded to an assist rescue call. The victim's mother had reported hearing the smoke detector going off and not being able to reach her daughter, who was diabetic. Upon arrival, Officer Dentel immediately grabbed his sledgehammer and approached the locked door. Hearing the fire alarm and not getting a response, he forced entry into the residence. Officer Dentel found the apartment to be full of smoke from food that was burning on the stove and discovered the unconscious victim lying face down and the floor. Officer Dentel and Firefighter Trice quickly evacuated the victim, who was transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation and diabetic related issues. Officer Brian Dentel's actions saved the victim's life.

Chesterfield County Police Department
Sergeant Michael B. Young
Officer Melvin Matias

On March 8, 2013, Officer Melvin Matias responded to a call for an accident involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival, Officer Matias saw the victim get up from the ground and run towards Interstate 95. Officer Matias realized the victim was in need of medical attention due to the vehicle accident and rushed into action. Sergeant Michael Young arrived and joined Officer Matias in pursuit of the victim, who had run to the overpass on Woods Edge Road at Interstate 95. The victim would not respond to officers' commands and climbed over the barrier. Sergeant Young positioned himself on one side of the victim and briefly distracted the man, which gave him an opportunity to grab the man's left arm, as well as his torso. At the same time, Officer Matias grabbed the right arm and torso, which were hanging over the overpass into the southbound lane of travel. Both officers used their body weight to maintain control of the victim and firefighters helped pull him over to safety.

By placing themselves at risk, the response from Sergeant Michael Young and Officer Melvin Matias far exceeds the duty of these officers who did not allow this precarious situation to deter them from springing into action. They are credited with saving the victim's life.

Franklin Police Department
Sergeant Todd Lyons
Officer Quentin Livingston

On February 26, 2014 at approximately 1640 hours, Sergeant Lyons and Officer Livingston were on Bracey Street in the City of Franklin in response to a call for service.  While attending to this call, Officer Livingston was alerted by a citizen to a residence on fire and that there was a person inside.

Officer Livingston immediately broadcast this information requesting fire and rescue. Sergeant Lyons hearing Officer Livingston's radio traffic immediately broke off from the call for service and responded to the residence. Both officers ran to the residence, which had thick, black smoke coming from the doors and windows.  Upon entering the dwelling both officers were met with zero visibility. The officers crawled into the house in an effort to locate the resident.  The officers were unable to see anything so they felt their way around until they came to a couch in the living room where Officer Livingston felt the leg of a person lying on the couch.

Officer Livingston alerted Sergeant Lyons to the discovery of the person and together they carried the victim outside. As the officers were leaving the residence, the flames of the fire had spread to the ceiling above them. Once outside it was discovered that the victim was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Officer Livingston immediately began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and after a few minutes the victim began to breathe on her own. Sergeant Lyons, having knowledge of this residence, realized that a child also lived at this location.  Sgt. Lyons re-entered the residence calling for the child, but it was later learned that the child had not returned home from school.

The residence structure was separated into two attached dwellings so Sergeant Lyons initiated efforts to locate and warn the next door neighbor. It was found that this resident was handicapped and confined to a wheelchair. This individual was having difficulty leaving her residence so Sgt. Lyons wheeled her down the wheelchair ramp at the rear of the residence to a safe location.

Sergeant Lyons returned to Officer Livingston who had stayed with the fire victim, talking to her in an effort to comfort her until emergency medical services arrived. The victim, Magdeline Jenkins 56, of the 200 Block of Bracey Street was transported to Southampton Memorial Hospital for initial treatment before being air lifted to Norfolk General Hospital, where she made a full recovery.

Fredericksburg Police Department
Lt. Bill Hallam
Officer Ryan Merrell

Arriving first on the scene of a nighttime call for a fire engulfing a Fredericksburg home on September 17, Lieutenant Bill Hallam and Officer Ryan Merrell noticed a teenage female hanging out of a second story window with heavy smoke pouring out around her.

With the sense of urgency mounting and with the Fire Department still on the way, Lieutenant Hallam pulled his patrol SUV under the window but the distance from the vehicle’s roof to the window was still too great.

Officer Merrell checked a neighbor’s backyard to see if he could find a ladder and fortunately he was able to secure one. Officer Merrell positioned the ladder underneath the window and it was still about three feet short. 

The frightened victim refused to climb out of the window to try and reach the ladder.  Lieutenant Hallam climbed to the top of the ladder, with Officer Merrell steadying it, and pulled the girl in a bear hug from the window and onto the ladder.  The victim was swiftly brought to the ground and safety.

Due to the quick-thinking and bravery of Lieutenant Hallam and Officer Merrell, the girl was rescued and transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation injuries.  She made a full recovery.

Hanover County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Kevin L. Ayers

On Friday, August 30, 2013 at approximately 2236 hours the Hanover Sheriff’s Office responded to the 9500 block of Atlee Station Road for a single vehicle accident. As the vehicle left the roadway it struck a utility pole. The pole then shattered, causing the power lines to fall on top of the vehicle.

The juvenile driver was able to get out of the vehicle after the collision. Realizing he left his keys in the ignition he returned to the vehicle to get them. In doing so the driver was shocked by the downed power lines that were on top of his vehicle.

At that time, off-duty deputy Kevin Ayers came upon the scene. Ayers immediately went to the aid of the driver who was unable to move because he had lost feeling in his legs. Ayers pulled the driver away from his vehicle and in doing so he received a small shock. Shortly after removing the driver to safety, the vehicle became engulfed in flames.

The following day the investigating deputy interviewed the driver at the VCU Medical Center – Burn Trauma Unit. The driver told the deputy that his friend did not know how to help him get away from the vehicle. The driver stated “that’s when that guy,” referring to Ayers, “came up and pulled him out of his vehicle.” He continued by saying that Ayers threw him over his shoulder and got him out of there before his car went up in flames. The driver said that he wanted to thank the off duty officer in person because, “That guy saved my life.”

While disregarding his own welfare, Deputy Ayers bravely entered a dangerous crash scene to rescue an injured juvenile. If not for Ayer’s immediate action the juvenile would have potentially sustained far greater injury or death.

Prince William County Police Department
Officer Patrick R. Balchunas

On Jan. 28, 2013, Officer Balchunas responded to a home in reference to a shooting-in-progress call. While enroute to the call, it was determined that the victim was shot numerous times in the chest and once in the arm and leg. The reporting person gave a suspect description and advised that the suspect was on foot. Prior to his arriving on scene, another officer located the suspect and Officer Balchunas stopped to assist taking him into custody.

Officer Balchunas interviewed the suspect and obtained valuable information about where the weapon was located and how many people were still at the residence. He relayed that information to officers on scene. Knowing that the victim was shot numerous times, Officer Balchunas retrieved his medical pack from the trunk of his cruiser and responded to the scene.

The victim could be seen lying on the sidewalk. Officer Balchunas approached the residence with the other officers, stopping by the victim to move him - with the help of another officer- out of harm's way to cover at the corner of the garage. Officer Balchunas remained with the victim to render aid while the other officers cleared the residence. He determined that the victim suffered life-threatening injuries and a large amount of blood loss. EMS units were not able to respond to the scene because officers were still securing the house.

Officer Balchunas began to treat the victim by applying a compression dressing to the wound on his left arm and an occlusive chest seal to the gunshot injury on the upper left chest at the victim's heart. Officer Balchunas recognized the immediacy of getting proper medical attention so he supported the victim as they walked toward the ambulance, which was staging further down the street. When the victim collapsed, Officer Balchunas placed him on his shoulder in a fireman's carry position and took him to waiting medic units.

The victim was transported to Sentara Hospital, going into cardiac arrest on the way and being revived by EMTs. From there, he was flown to I NOVA Fairfax Hospital with serious life-threatening injuries. The EMTs and physicians at Sentara Hospital said that if it were not for the actions that Officer Balchunas put forth the victim would have died at the scene.

Officer Balchunas is a certified EMT and a SWAT medic. He has extensive training in first aid. He did not hesitate to use the skills he has learned with precision. In fact, the medical pack that he used in the incident is purchased and supplied using his own funds. Because the wound to the upper left chest nicked the victim's heart, it is likely he would have bled to death without Officer Balchunas' actions.

Prince William County Police Department
Officer Steven R. Mattos, Jr.

On March 23, 2013 at approximately 1739 hours, officers were dispatched to 12530 Sulky Court in Lake Ridge, Virginia. Officer Mattos was first on the scene and observed visible flames and smoke coming from the rear of the residence. Initially, Officer Mattos was advised by witnesses that everyone had escaped the residence. Eventually, he located a crying woman standing slightly down the street speaking on a cell phone. The woman advised that she lived in the residence and that everyone had escaped unharmed. Officer Mattos inquired again, at which time the woman realized that her elderly uncle may still be located inside the basement.

Officer Mattos updated Public Safety Communications Center about the missing man and went to the front door of the house. The door was open and heavy smoke was hanging in the foyer. Officer Mattos announced loudly at the front door telling anybody in the house to come to the sound of his voice. After three announcements without success, Officer Mattos noted flames outside of the windows on the rear of the house but only heavy smoke hanging in the main level. Officer Mattos was concerned the missing man could be trapped in the basement by fire or may already be unconscious from smoke.

Officer Mattos ducked low and entered the residence to locate stairs to the basement. He made announcements as he moved through the house stating, "Police if you hear me yell out!" There was no response as Officer Mattos moved down the stairs and entered the basement.

As he got to a couch in the basement, an elderly man sat up and looked in his direction but it was clear he was half asleep and not focusing. Officer Mattos told the man the house was on fire and they needed to get out but the man didn’t move. He grabbed the man by his shirt, stood him up and physically guided him up the stairs and out the front door. Fire units had not arrived when they emerged and did not arrive for several more minutes.

Officer Mattos initially received erroneous information from the gathering of neighbors. Upon his own initiative he discovered one man was not out of the house and took decisive action. In doing so, Officer Mattos clearly went above and beyond his normal duties and what is expected of a police officer.

Richmond Police Department
Officer David Chandler
Officer Anthony Cornett
Officer Kenneth Jacob
Officer John Raina

Third Precinct Officers David Chandler, Anthony Cornett, Kenneth Jacob and John Raina responded to a call that a man had poured gasoline on himself and throughout his residence. The officers entered the gasoline-soaked house. The odor of gasoline permeated the air.

The officers found the man in an upstairs rear bedroom. They immediately removed a lit cigar from his hand. But he then proceeded to use a lighter to set himself and the room on fire.

The officers quickly worked to contain the fire so that it would not spread and engulf them and the entire house. They also worked to extinguish the flames on the man’s body. Despite suffering smoke inhalation, the officers were able to extinguish the flames and save the man’s life.

Roanoke County Police Department & Roanoke County Fire and Rescue
Officer Eric Austin
Firefighter/EMT Barry Brown

On Saturday, July 6, 2013, within hours after arriving for a family vacation at Holden Beach, North Carolina, Firefighter Barry Brown and Officer Eric Austin, found themselves in a situation of risking their own lives to save others. Brown and Austin heard shouts for help from a small boy and noticed his mother racing into the ocean to save her son. She was overcome by the strong rip tide that was pulling her and her son under water. Brown and Austin immediately entered the water, and worked together to rescue the mother and son, who were about 100 yards away, and pull them to safety.

Holden Beach has no lifeguards and a riptide warning was in effect. There had been reports of four people drowning in the previous couple of days on Brunswick County beaches, two of which were individuals who had attempted to rescue other struggling swimmers caught in rip currents. Without the bravery and quick response by Brown and Austin that number would have possibly been higher.

Suffolk Police Department
Officer Shane Sukowaski

On June 7, 2013, Officer Sukowaski was dispatched to a structure fire. Upon his arrival Officer Sukowaski entered the front door of the building and advised the residents that they needed to evacuate. Officer Sukowaski then proceeded up the stairwell and heard a woman screaming for help. Officer Sukowaski arrived on the second floor where he observed an elderly woman and a man carrying a wheelchair struggling to get down the stairs. Officer Sukowaski assisted them out of the building and the woman advised him that there was another resident trapped inside another apartment on the second floor.

Officer Sukowaski entered the building again and tried to reach the apartment that the woman had advised him of but was unable to due to heavy smoke. He advised dispatch of the trapped resident and during this time was also advised by another resident that there was an elderly man trapped on the third floor who could not walk. Officer Sukowaski proceeded to the third floor where he was able to locate the gentleman. The gentleman advised Officer Sukowaski that he could not walk and was in an electric wheelchair. Officer Sukowaski located a regular wheelchair in the man's apartment and transferred the man from his electric wheelchair to the regular one. When they arrived at the stairwell the buildings security guard met them and assisted Officer Sukowaski in carrying the gentleman to safety.

Due to Officer Sukowaski's quick actions and calm under pressure he was able to help save the lives of numerous citizens.

Virginia State Police
Sergeant Christopher J. Aikens

On April 9, 2013, at 12:32 p.m., a 911 call from a 19-year-old male was transferred to the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division’s Emergency Communications Center. The young man was the passenger in a vehicle that was traveling south on Interstate 81. The vehicle was at the 230 mile marker at Weyers Cave, when its brakes apparently stopped working. According to the teenager, the car was going approximately 60 mph, but would gain and lose speed in accordance with the grade of the interstate.

A Virginia State Police dispatcher stayed on the line with the passenger as troopers responded to the moving vehicle’s location. The dispatcher passed along various solutions for the driver to do in an attempt to get the car stopped. Meanwhile, additional troopers and deputies with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office were positioning themselves around the car in order to keep other vehicles along I-81 from being struck.

By the time it reached the 218 mile marker, the car had sped up to approximately 110 mph. At approximately 12:45 p.m., near the 218 mile marker, both the driver and passenger leapt from the moving car. Virginia State Police Sgt. C.J. Aikens then positioned his vehicle in front of the Mazda to stop and force it into the guardrail off the left shoulder of the southbound lanes of I-81. The Mazda was traveling at roughly 100 mph when it impacted Aikens’ patrol car.

Amazingly, the 19-year-old driver was not injured, but was taken to Augusta Health as a precautionary measure. The passenger was transported to Augusta Health for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Sgt. Aikens was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Augusta Health.

Sgt. Aikens recognized the seriousness of the situation and risks this out-of-control vehicle posed not only to these two teenagers, but to every motorist on I-81 that afternoon. His selfless and valiant acts to put an end to this extremely dangerous situation ultimately saved lives.

Virginia State Police
Senior Trooper Paul Domingoes

On September 29, 2013, Virginia State Police Senior Trooper Paul Domingoes was patrolling Interstate 66 in Fauquier County when he was dispatched to a single-vehicle crash with possible entrapment.  When he arrived, several bystanders motioned him to the vehicle, which had crashed down a dangerously steep embankment.  Without hesitation or regard for his own safety, Trooper Domingoes climbed down the embankment to the precariously-positioned vehicle.  While standing on the incline below the crushed vehicle, Sr. Trooper Domingoes assessed the entrapped passenger’s condition, which was severe.  She had sustained a compound fracture to her right arm, dismemberment of her fingers, and severed arterial and brachial arteries, causing massive blood loss.  Prior to the trooper’s arrival, the driver of the vehicle had attempted to use a belt as a tourniquet, but was having difficulty due to his own state of shock from the crash. Sr. Trooper Domingoes instructed the driver to exit the unstable vehicle and climb to safety. Once he was sure the driver could navigate his way up the embankment, the trooper then fastened the belt as a tourniquet on the passenger’s upper arm, applying additional tension to suppress further blood loss. Sr. Trooper Domingoes remained inside the vehicle to stabilize it while continuing to administer First Aid to the woman until an emergency medical crew arrived on scene.

Had Sr. Trooper Domingoes not acted with such a swift and effective response to both the driver and passenger, helped stabilize the vehicle, and expertly administer First Aid, there is little doubt that the woman would have survived her injuries.

Virginia State Police
Trooper Charles A. Lanfranchi, Jr.
Trooper Brandon D. West

Shortly before noon on June 9, 2013, Troopers Charles A. Lanfranchi, Jr., and Brandon D. West were stopped out at the Dumfries Scales along northbound Interstate 95 in Prince William County. As they were monitoring the passing traffic, they witnessed a pickup truck traveling southbound lose control and crash into an utility pole at the entrance to the Dumfries Scales opposite them.

The impact with the utility immediately ignited a fire in the engine compartment and smoke began billowing into the air. Knowing there would be no way to get to the burning truck by patrol car, the two troopers ran the 150 yards through the underground connector tunnel to get to the other weigh station on the southbound side.

Without hesitation, the two approached the burning vehicle and found its driver unresponsive. Despite the flames and heavy smoke, the troopers climbed into the pickup truck and, with the assistance of a citizen, were able to extract and pull the driver to safety.

Trooper West remained with the unconscious victim, treating him for shock and monitoring his vital signs until EMS arrived on scene. Meanwhile, Trooper Lanfranchi and civilian realized the driver’s dog was still inside the burning pickup truck. Again, Trooper Lanfranchi went to the burning vehicle and found the dog unable to escape because it had been securely tied down. Trooper Lanfranchi freed the dog and carried to safety, as well.  Moments later, the truck was engulfed in fire.

Both troopers suffered minor smoke inhalation, but both the driver and his dog fully recovered from the crash and fire. As a direct result of Trooper Lanfranchi’s and Trooper West’s quick and courageous actions, the driver and his dog survived the crash and made full recoveries.

Virginia State Police
Senior Trooper J. D. Stamper

On August 25, 2013, at approximately 7:45 p.m., Senior Trooper J.D. Stamper was on assignment at a highway work zone at the intersection of Route 17(North) and Richmond Beach Road in Essex County.  Sr. Trooper Stamper was outside his patrol car, standing off to the right of the road with two VDOT employees when he observed a pickup truck run off the right side of the road, jump a curb and come careening towards them.  With just a split-second’s notice, Sr. Trooper Stamper pushed one of the individuals out of the path of the oncoming truck and pulled the second man towards him in an attempt to avoid the out-of-control truck. However, the pickup was moving too fast and ran down the two men. The impact with the pickup truck threw Sr. Trooper Stamper to the ground and ripped the VDOT engineer out of his grasp. The man was run over and dragged a short distance. The pickup truck continued back onto Route 17. Despite his severe injuries from having been hit by the truck, Sr. Trooper Stamper still had the fortitude to run to his patrol car and catch up with the pickup truck as it attempted to flee the scene. Sr. Trooper Stamper was able to position his patrol car in front of the pickup to block and stop it.  He then detained the driver until assistance arrived.  Both the VDOT engineer and Sr. Trooper Stamper were transported to area hospitals for treatment of serious injuries.

It was later determined that the 20-year-old pickup truck driver had dropped his cell phone and taken his eyes off the road to pick it up when, in that instant, his vehicle ran off the road. Sr. Trooper Stamper’s immediate and selfless actions ultimately saved all three men’s lives that evening in the Northern Neck. A 24-year veteran of the state police, Sr. Trooper Stamper will be retiring from duty on disability due to the injuries sustained to his hip and lower back.


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 leaders.

Contact: Ms. Dana Schrad, Executive Director
Mobile: (804) 338-9512

Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Receives 2014 VACP President’s Award | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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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

Contact: Ms. Dana Schrad, Executive Director
Mobile: (804) 338-9512

VACP Installs 2014-2015 Executive Board | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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VACP Installs 2014-2015 Executive Board

September 9, 2014 | VACP

News Image Pulaski Police Chief Gary Roche becomes 2014-2015 President; Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy J. Longo, Sr., completes 2013-2014 term as VACP President

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police on September 9th installed the 2014-2015 VACP Executive Board during the Valor Awards Banquet of the association’s annual conference in Roanoke, Virginia.  The new board members are:

PRESIDENT – Chief Gary Roche, Pulaski – Chief Roche has been Chief of Police in Pulaski since 2001, and has a Master Degree in Administration of Justice. He is a graduate of the FBI Academy and the Professional Executive Leadership School. He has served as president of the Blue Ridge Association of Chiefs of Police, and currently serves on the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT – Chief Timothy J. Longo, Sr. – Chief Timothy Longo has served as the Chief of Police in Charlottesville, Virginia since 2001. Prior to joining the Charlottesville Police Department, Chief Longo served 19 years with the City of Baltimore Police Department, where he rose to the rank of Colonel, serving as Chief of Technical Services. Chief Longo holds a Bachelor of Science from Towson State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police, Police Executive Research Forum.  Chief Longo lectures across America in the fields of Ethics, Professional Standards, Internal Affairs and a variety of legal topics. He has served as adjunct faculty at Towson University and a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia schools of law and business.  Chief Longo has been the recipient of the Police Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, and the Webber Seavey Award.

1ST VICE PRESIDENT – Chief David C. Sloggie, Williamsburg – Chief Sloggie has 39 years of experience with the Williamsburg Police Department, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology from Saint Leo College, a Master in Justice Administration from Golden Gate University and a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management  from Virginia Tech. He is a 1985 graduate of the 140th class at the FBI National Academy, a 1992 graduate of the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection School, and a 1996 graduate of the Police Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond. Chief Sloggie chairs the VACP Awards Committee and has been a member of VACP for 31 years.

2ND VICE PRESIDENT – Colonel Thierry Dupuis, Chesterfield County – Colonel Dupuis was appointed the chief of police for the Chesterfield County Police Department in 2007. Colonel Dupuis has served within all major divisions within the department. He is the 7th chief in the department's history and the first to have held all ranks within the department including officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major and lieutenant colonel.  Colonel Dupuis holds an associate degree in applied science from John Tyler Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master degree in business administration from Averett College. Chief DuPuis chairs the VACP Legislative Committee.

3RD VICE PRESIDENT – Chief Christopher S. Perkins, Roanoke City – Chief Perkins has served as Roanoke Chief of Police since 2010, and has been with the department since 1992.  He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Arts from Hollins University.  Chief Perkins is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Research Forum, and has received numerous awards for his law enforcement training skills. 


Chief Kelvin L. Wright, Chesapeake – Chief Wright was appointed the Chesapeake police chief in 2008, and has been a champion for change in the agency and for crime reduction in the community.  Chief Wright has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, Cum Laude, in Sociology from Saint Leo University; a Master in Public Administration from Troy University and is pursuing a PhD in Public Administration and Urban Policy from Old Dominion University. He is active in developing leadership education programs for the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation. (2011-2015 term)

Chief Douglas A. Goodman, Ashland – Chief Goodman was appointed Ashland police chief in 2008, where he has worked to enhance officer productivity and effectiveness.  Under his watch, his agency has increased number of Neighborhood Watch programs by 50% and reduced traffic accidents by 38% over a three-year period. Chief Goodman holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech and a Master in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation. (2011-2015 term)

Chief Stephen L. Sellers, Albemarle County - Chief Sellers was appointed Albemarle County Chief of Police in 2011, after serving from 1997-2011 in progressive positions with the Fairfax County Police Department and rising to the rank of Deputy Chief.  He has a Master Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from National Louis University.  Chief Sellers graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2000, and is a member of the Virginia Highway Safety Committee.  (2013-2017 term)

Chief A. J. Panebianco, Middleburg – Chief Panebianco has been the police chief in Middleburg since April, 2012.  He previously served as Chief of Police in Louisa, Warsaw and Buena Vista.  Chief Panebianco has a Bachelor of Science in the Administration of Justice from Bluefield College, and is a graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond.  He currently serves on the Awards Committee, Budget & Finance Committee member, and  Professional Image & Ethics Committee of the VACP. (2014-2018 term)

Chief DeWitt Cooper, Tazewell – Chief Cooper began his career working for the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.  He next joined the Warsaw Police Department, where he was appointed Chief in 2002.  He was appointed Tazewell Police Chief in 2012.  Chief Cooper has attended the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation New Chiefs School, and currently serves on the VACP Legislative Committee. (2014-2018 term)

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:
Front Row – Third VP Chief Chris Perkins (Roanoke); Immediate Past President Chief Tim Longo (Charlottesville); President Chief Gary Roche (Pulaski); First VP Chief Dave Sloggie (Williamsburg); Second VP Chief Thierry Dupuis (Chesterfield County).
Back Row – At-Large Executive Board Members Chief Doug Goodman (Ashland), Chief Steve Sellers (Albemarle County), Chief DeWitt Cooper (Tazewell).

Not pictured – Chief Kelvin Wright (Chesapeake) & Chief A.J. Panebianco (Middleburg).

Photo Credit: Erin Schrad, VACP

Contact: Ms. Dana Schrad, Executive Director – 804-338-9512 (mobile)

De Ford Selected to Receive the 2014 VACP/VPCF Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement Award | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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De Ford Selected to Receive the 2014 VACP/VPCF Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement Award

September 9, 2014 | VACP

News Image The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police on September 9, 2014 presented Lt. James S. De Ford, Sr. with the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement.

The award was presented at the annual conference of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, held this year at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia. The awards program is a joint effort of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation.

After the tragic events at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the need for a practical and realistic plan for a full-scale evacuation of Washington, D.C. became apparent. The scope of such a plan required extreme detail, regional cooperation and actual execution to test its worthiness.  From 2007 to 2013, Lt. De Ford specifically designed the Traffic Management Plan for a Northern Virginia Evacuation for local, state and federal police response in a worst-case scenario.

He had the foresight to create a plan that would be easily adaptable for application to lesser events. The plan also is designed to control access into the District of Columbia if or when necessary.  In the past three years, Lt. De Ford has tested elements of the plan through various evacuation drills. Lt. De Ford also created a check sheet so emergency personnel would know what to do during a crisis. 

He facilitated an Inauguration Planning meeting in 2012 with the Virginia National Guard, Arlington County Police, VDEM and U.S. Park Police to strategize for planned and unplanned walkouts across the various bridges from D.C. into Virginia during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.  He continued to bring planning for these incidents into a cohesive structure, which then could be advanced through the use of the management plans he already was developing.

A practice evacuation drill was held on December 14, 2012 that was planned and run entirely by Lt. De Ford.  There is no other known neighboring state or jurisdiction where such a drill of this magnitude has ever taken place.  In 2013, Lt. De Ford executed a “No Notice” drill of the plan in its entirety.

There is no mistaking Lt. De Ford’s remarkable commitment and extraordinary energy put forth to create, refine, and implement this evacuation plan. His completion of this mammoth document is even more impressive because it was done in the midst of all other usual activities, election events, and in concert with other Division personnel. The Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia are in debt to Lt. De Ford for his insight, vision, prudence, collaboration, and dedication to mission that, if/when this plan is ever needed can be successfully executed and save countless lives in a time of crisis.  The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation is proud to present Virginia State Police Lieutenant James De Ford with the 2014 Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement Award.


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.

Contact: Ms. Dana Schrad, Executive Director
Mobile: (804) 338-9512

Nine Virginia Law Enforcement Officers Receive 2014 VACP/VPCF Awards for Valor | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Nine Virginia Law Enforcement Officers Receive 2014 VACP/VPCF Awards for Valor

September 9, 2014 | VACP

News Image The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police on September 9, 2014 presented nine Virginia law enforcement officers from three agencies with the Association’s highest honor, the Award for Valor.

The awards were presented at the Valor Awards Banquet at the annual conference of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, held this year at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was present to participate in the presentation of the awards.  The awards program is a joint effort of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation.

The Award for Valor recognizes a law enforcement officer who, in the line of duty, performs an act of extraordinary heroism while engaged with an adversary at imminent personal risk. 

Officers receiving the 2014 Awards for Valor are:

Portsmouth Police Department
Detective Roberto Aguilar

On May 2, 2013 at approximately 11:45 p.m., Detective Aguilar was on patrol when a call was dispatched for a robbery in progress a few blocks away from his location.

Detective Aguilar immediately went to the location and observed a vehicle along the curb. Three males appeared to be getting into the vehicle. Detective Aguilar stopped his vehicle and activated his spotlight to illuminate the vehicle. One of the males getting into the rear of the vehicle dropped some items he was carrying. At that point, Detective Aguilar observed flashes and smoke coming from an object pointed in his direction and also heard gunshots. Detective Aguilar was being shot at by the suspect. All three subjects got into the vehicle and fled, and Detective Aguilar activated his emergency equipment and initiated a pursuit.

As they drove down South Street, Detective Aguilar observed the right rear passenger door open and several more shots were fired in his direction. Detective Aguilar remained calm and continued to call the pursuit in to alert other area officers to his constantly changing location. A second officer arrived and joined in the pursuit. The suspect vehicle then crashed into a parked vehicle. All occupants exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Detective Aguilar observed the suspect that was shooting at him and continued to pursue him in his vehicle. Detective Aguilar then saw the subject run between two houses, exited his vehicle and proceeded to pursue on foot. He observed two subjects lying on the ground and as he approached they began to flee again. Detective Aguilar continued to pursue while communicating with other responding officers to established a perimeter, and coordinate a K-9 officer to conduct a track. When K-9 arrived on scene Detective Aguilar teamed with the K-9 officer and approximately 10 minutes later they located the suspect and placed him into custody.

Detective Aguilar was in imminent physical danger when responding to the robbery in progress, and while pursuing the suspects even when they began to fire gunshots at him. Detective Aguilar maintained a calm steady demeanor that allowed him to pursue the suspects, and to direct all other responding officers to apprehend all suspects in the vehicle. It is for his extraordinary acts in the face of imminent danger to himself, and his professional response that Detective Roberto Aguilar receives the VACP/VPCF Award for Valor.

Portsmouth Police Department
Officer Kenneth White

On September 14, 2013 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a man entered Chartway Federal Credit Union in Virginia Beach wearing a do-rag over his face, gloves, and dark clothing. He announced a bank robbery, pointed a handgun at the bank tellers, and ordered them to place money in a bag. He continued to point the handgun at the tellers, yelling out demands and telling everyone to get on the floor.

Officer Kenneth White was at the bank with his wife on personal business during his off-duty time. As the robbery began, Officer White, with no assist officer, drew his weapon and identified himself as a police officer. Officer White ordered the man to drop his weapon, at which time the robber turned with his weapon towards Officer White. In fear for his life and those of others in the bank, Officer White then shot and killed the robber.

Officer Whites' actions in while encountering an armed and agitated bank robber who threatened the lives of numerous bank employees and customers demonstrated extreme courage and calm in the face of serious danger. Officer White was a lone police officer outside of his jurisdiction, whose heroic act demonstrated his willingness to place himself in harm's way to protect others. The VACP is proud to honor Officer Kenneth White with the VACP/VPCF Award for Valor.

Richmond Police Department
Officer Farrhard El-Amin
Officer Justin Sumpter

Richmond Second Precinct Officers Farrhard El-Amin and Justin Sumpter encountered a prowling suspect who attempted to escape through a nearby creek. The officers gave chase and a struggle ensued in the creek. During the struggle, the suspect produced a knife and began to stab at Officer Sumpter, who was cut during the fight. Officer El-Amin grabbed the suspect’s left arm, allowing Officer Sumpter to wrestle the knife away from the suspect’s hand. After this intense struggle, the officers eventually were able to handcuff the suspect.

Officer Sumpter was cut twice, but thankfully the injuries were minor. With the unstable battleground of a creek, this incident could have ended with negative results, but the two officers worked together to prevent the suspect from turning this into a fatal attack. The VACP is honored to present Officer Farrhard El-Amin and Officer Justin Sumpter with the Award for Valor.

Richmond Police Department
Officer LaTosha Miller
Officer Reynaldo Perez

On November 24, 2012, Richmond Officers Reynaldo Perez and LaTosha Miller were working a traffic control assignment when they observed a suspect actively exchanging gunfire with another individual in a vehicle.  Officers Perez and Miller ran toward the parking lot where the firefight was taking place and while receiving gunfire in their direction.  As the two Officers approached the parking lot, they observed one suspect running directly at them, discharging a firearm.  Officer Perez challenged the subject who dropped his firearm and was taken into custody. Officer Miller ordered other individuals to the ground who were in the immediate area.  Responding units located a second occupied vehicle in the same parking lot that had been struck by gunfire. Officers conducted a felony vehicle stop, taking four additional subjects into custody. The offender was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and willfully discharging a firearm in public. The other individual involved in the shooting fled the scene. No shooting victims were located as a result of the incident.

Officers Perez and Miller displayed intelligent and courageous behavior in immediately locating, disarming, and apprehending a violent offender.  The actions of these two officers protected innocent citizens from possible injury or death. The VACP is proud to honor Richmond Officers Reynaldo Perez and LaTosha Miller with the Award for Valor.

Richmond Police Department
Officer Alejandro Ardila
Officer Wes Partin

Richmond Police Officer Alejandro Ardila and Sergeant Wes Partin didn’t know what to expect when they first entered the dark house on Rusk Avenue last spring.  They and several other officers had been called to the South Richmond home on April 20 to check the welfare of two people inside. The shades in the house had been drawn, making parts of the home pitch black, and music was blaring.

Officer Ardila could see the shape of a woman sitting on a couch. He saw the gunshot wound and could tell that she already was dead.  As Officer Ardila rounded a corner, carrying a ballistics shield, a man opened fire from a pitch-dark hallway, wounding both Officer Ardila and Sergeant Partin. 

One of the rounds struck Ardila and then hit Partin’s right arm.  “The first one, we actually shared,” Partin said, referring to the bullet. “It went through him and into me. That’s how close we are,” he joked.

After Officer Ardila and Sergeant Partin were shot, they both took cover and returned fire.  They exited the house to be relieved by the SWAT Team. Sergeant Partin and Officer Ardila were quickly taken to the hospital for treatment of their wounds.

It was later found that the shooting suspect fatally shot a woman in the house prior to the officers’ arrival and committed suicide after firing at the officers.

The VACP is honored to recognize Richmond Officer Ardila and Sergeant Partin for their heroic and courageous acts with the Award for Valor.

Virginia Division of Capitol Police
Corporal James L. Cosby, Jr.

On June 21, 2012, Corporal James L. Cosby, Jr. of the Virginia Division of Capitol Police was near a law firm in Chesterfield County when he observed a man in business attire running around a pond located behind that building. Corporal Cosby then noticed several people exiting a corner door on the side of the building.  As he passed the entrance to the building’s parking lot, Corporal Cosby observed a vehicle with several women inside, all of whom appeared to be upset.  Corporal Cosby turned his vehicle around on Courthouse Road and proceeded back towards the law firm. Corporal Cosby then observed an individual run across Courthouse Road into the woods. Based on his police training, Corporal Cosby believed an active shooter event was occurring.  As he pulled up to the intersection, Corporal Cosby advised the women in the parked car that he was an off duty police officer and asked what had happened.  She informed him that an armed man came into their office and shot a lawyer and then fled. She also advised Corporal Cosby that the victim was on the first floor.

As he approached the building entrance, Cosby encountered a black male exiting the building with a rifle in his right hand.  Corporal Cosby was wearing his issued police badge and drew his service weapon and stated, “Police, drop your weapon.” The subject told Corporal Cosby, “Buddy, kill me right now, shoot me right here…” The subject took his left index finger and put it to the center of his forehead.  He then began to walk towards Corporal Cosby.  Corporal Cosby continued to give commands for him to drop his weapon.  Corporal Cosby recalled that although the suspect refused to comply with his commands, the suspect did not point the weapon at him.  The subject repeatedly asked Corporal Cosby to shoot him, continually advising that he was in his “threat zone.” Corporal Cosby engaged the subject in conversation as he closed the distance between them.  As he reached for the subject’s weapon the subject turned away.  Corporal Cosby quickly holstered his weapon and grabbed the suspect.  A Chesterfield Police Officer arriving at the scene came to his assistance and helped him to disarm and subdue the subject. 

Mark M. Lowe, 42, was convicted on August 30, 2013 on five charges, including attempted murder, abduction, unlawfully shooting into an occupied dwelling and two counts of felonious use of a firearm.

As a result of his selfless act of bravery, Corporal Cosby was able to end the rampage of an active shooter while also avoiding a potential “suicide by cop” scenario. The VACP is honored to present Capitol Police Corporal James L. Cosby, Jr., with the Award for Valor.


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.


(front row, L to R) Officer LaTosha Miller, Richmond PD; Officer Justin Sumpter, Richmond PD; Officer Alejandro Ardila, Richmond PD; and Officer Farrhard El-Amin, Richmond PD.
(back row, L to R) Officer Reynaldo Perez, Richmond PD; Corporal James Cosby, Jr., Virginia Division of Capitol Police; Officer Kenneth White, Portsmouth PD; and Detective Roberto Aguilar, Portsmouth PD.

Photographer – Erin Schrad, VACP

Contact: Ms. Dana Schrad, Executive Director
Mobile: (804) 338-9512

General Assembly Ben Franklin Privacy Caucus to Hold Public Hearings in the Virginia State Capitol | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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General Assembly Ben Franklin Privacy Caucus to Hold Public Hearings in the Virginia State Capitol

September 8, 2014 | Virginia News

~Meeting to focus on data collection by local law enforcement using License Plate Readers (LPRs)~

~Hearing on September 23rd follows Privacy Summit on September 6th~

WOODBRIDGE – Del. Richard L. Anderson (R-Prince William) and Sen. J. Chapman Petersen (D-Fairfax), co-chairs of the Virginia General Assembly “Benjamin Franklin Privacy Caucus,” have announced Caucus hearings at the Virginia state capitol for citizens and organizations to express their views on legislation governing the use of License Plate Readers (LPRs) by law enforcement agencies in Virginia.

The two legislators will convene the hearings in House Room 3 of the Virginia state capitol building on Tuesday, September 23rd, from 2-4pm. All members of the general public and interested organizations are invited to attend and speak.

The Franklin Privacy Caucus takes its name from a sentiment expressed by founding father Benjamin Franklin that “they who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

LPRs are high-speed cameras that are mounted on the trunks of law enforcement vehicles and record the license plate numbers of vehicles that pass within the view of the camera lens. Data is then stored for an undetermined period of time for crime fighting needs and prosecuting potential criminals. Conversely, civil libertarians are concerned that the indiscriminate collection of data on private citizens amounts to the unconstitutional tracking of law-abiding people and is subject to compromise and potential abuse.

During the 2014 legislative session of the General Assembly, Anderson and Petersen patroned identical bills to specify ground rules for the use of LPRs by local law enforcement agencies across Virginia. Because of the technical nature of this equipment and privacy concerns expressed by Virginia citizens and organizations, the two legislators asked that their bills be delayed until the 2015 session of the General Assembly to permit consultation with law enforcement officials and citizen groups.

The first such public discussion of LPR technology and its use took place on Saturday, September 6th, on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The event, dubbed as the “Joint Summit of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Virginia Federation of Tea Party Patriots,” brought together two unlikely groups to discuss an issue on which they share common views. At the summit, Del. Anderson spoke as a panel member with Ashland Mayor George Spagna, who shares Anderson’s belief that a set of concrete rules be created for the use of LPR technology. Additionally, former Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and Virginia ACLU Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastanaga spoke as panel members on the Constitutional issues surrounding the use of LPRs.

The September 23rd hearings to be hosted by Anderson and Petersen will provide a forum at which Virginia’s law enforcement community, the general public, and other interested citizens and organizations can express their views on rules that should be included in bills offered by Anderson and Petersen during the 2015 legislative session. The annual session convenes in January of next year and lasts until the end of February.

Locally, the Prince William Committee of 100 will host a community discussion on the use of LPR technology on the evening of November 20th. A panel of knowledgeable individuals will discuss  issues surrounding the use of LPRs in Virginia. In the coming weeks, information will be posted at

In speaking about the use of LPRs by local law enforcement in Virginia, Anderson stated that “we must strike a reasonable balance between the crime fighting tool that this technology represents and the privacy and other Constitutional rights of citizens in Prince William County and across Virginia. My bill, which I submitted in 2014 and delayed until 2015, reflects the views of our Prince William neighbors and will specify a reasonable rule set for the use of this new technology.”

IACP 2014 Board of Officers Elections | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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IACP 2014 Board of Officers Elections

September 4, 2014 | National News

Due to the retirement of IACP 2nd Vice President Ronal Serpas, an additional vacancy was created on the IACP Board of Officers. As such, the two candidates that were running for the 4th Vice President seat will now each fill a vacancy on the Board and no election will take place at the IACP Annual Conference in October.

Newport News Police Announce New Assistant Chief | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Newport News Police Announce New Assistant Chief

August 31, 2014 | Virginia News

News Image Newport News Police Chief Richard Myers has announced the selection of Captain Stacy Kelly as the new Assistant Chief. Captain Kelly will officially assume his new duties as Assistant Chief of the Administration and Support Bureau on September 1, 2014. Captain Kelly will be filling the vacant Assistant Chief position which was created with the retirement of Assistant Chief Lorenzo Sheppard in June of this year.

“Captain Kelly is a solid leader with the energy and creativity needed for our executive team,” said Police Chief Richard Myers.  “Selecting only one new Assistant Chief from among several highly qualified candidates has been a challenge, but I’m confident that Captain Kelly is the right choice for our organizational needs, and I’m excited for the opportunity.”

Captain Stacy Kelly has been employed by the Newport News Police Department since 1996 and he currently serves as the Central Precinct Commander.  Captain Kelly has held several positions while with the police department including Personnel Support Division Commander which is responsible for Training, Recruiting, Records and Logistics; and he has served as the Academy Director and Accreditation Manager for the Newport News Police Training Academy.   Under his command, the Academy obtained initial accreditation in 2006.  In 2011, he was promoted to Captain and supervised the Communication Division’s initial accreditation.

Captain Kelly possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Leo University and is working towards a Master of Public Administration degree from Virginia Tech.

Virginia Launches Comprehensive Effort to Address Sexual Violence on College Campuses | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Virginia Launches Comprehensive Effort to Address Sexual Violence on College Campuses

August 21, 2014 | Virginia News

News Image RICHMOND--Governor Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring today announced a comprehensive effort to address sexual assault and violence on college campuses. A series of immediate and long-term actions will examine the ways Virginia colleges and universities work to prevent and respond to sexual violence, identifying and implementing best practices to promote a survivor-centered approach that meets the needs of students and each school's responsibilities under the law.

In a strong show of commitment, Governor McAuliffe, Attorney General Herring, the presidents of every public four-year college or university, and the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System have signed a joint declaration pledging to aggressively combat campus sexual violence. 

“In our quest to build a new Virginia economy, it is critical that our students live and learn in an environment that is free of the threat of sexual violence,” said Governor McAuliffe. “As the parents of five children, two of whom are still in college, this is an issue that is deeply important to both Dorothy and me. Campus sexual violence is a nationwide problem, and the statistics are both startling and saddening.

“We can – and must – do more to protect our nation’s young people. And I believe by partnering with our public universities, Virginia can become a national leader on this very important issue.”

Attorney General Herring continued, "We are in the midst of a long-overdue national conversation about preventing and responding to sexual violence on college campuses and Virginia will be a leader in that conversation. The national statistics are appalling and behind each number is the story of a young person whose life has been changed forever. We're going to look at this from every angle—from how to minimize risk, to how to step in and stop violence, to ways to better address violence after the fact.

“We're bringing together the best knowledge and talent that we have and whatever resources are necessary to prevent sexual violence from occurring, and we're going to respect those who come forward to report it, and seek justice against those who perpetrate it. Every student in Virginia must know that if you report sexual violence or sexual misconduct, you will not be pressured, you will not be judged, and you will be treated at all times with the respect and compassion you deserve."

To coordinate Virginia's efforts to combat campus sexual violence, Governor McAuliffe has signed Executive Order 25 creating the Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence. The task force will be chaired by Attorney General Herring and include campus administrators, advocates, campus and local law enforcement, higher education attorneys, health professionals, cabinet secretaries and others who can recommend best practices on prevention of and response to sexual violence. The task force will provide a final report to the Governor by no later than June 1, 2015, and will make recommendations on an on-going basis.

In addition to the task force, the Office of Attorney General has begun a review with each college and university of current policies and procedures for prevention and response. The OAG will provide advice on possible revisions to be more effective and to meet all legal requirements, drawing from the combined experiences and knowledge of Virginia schools, the recommendations of the task force, and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Office of Attorney General will begin an extensive training program with college and university staff who are involved in the prevention of and response to reported instances of sexual violence to ensure they know how to best meet the needs of their students and their obligations under the law. On October 30 and 31, the OAG will hold a statewide summit in Richmond to bring together campus leaders for discussions about ways to prevent and respond to sexual violence and meeting the latest legal requirements.

According to statistics cited by the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault, one in five women in college will experience sexual assault or an attempted assault, and the assailant is usually someone they know.  Incidents of sexual assault in university settings and beyond are widely known to be underreported and often miscategorized, with the National Research Council suggesting that 80% of incidents go unreported.

Governor McAuliffe’s executive order creating the Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence is below.



Importance of the Taskforce

Nationwide, colleges and universities are increasingly aware of the necessity to combat sexual violence on campus. While institutions of higher education are typically safe environments for students to thrive, both academically and personally, sexual violence is an issue that colleges and universities should confront and strive to prevent.

Virginia’s colleges and universities have signed a Joint Declaration pledging to work together to prevent sexual violence. Moreover, they are each committed to providing an atmosphere designed to promote the fair and equitable investigation, adjudication, and timely reporting of sexual violence. Our institutions of higher learning already offer both mandatory and voluntary programs for awareness and prevention of sexual violence. For those adversely affected by sexual violence, Virginia’s campuses also furnish resources, or coordinate referral to external, community-based resources, such as counseling, medical care, and alternative living and educational environments.

Through this Executive Order, I am collaborating with the Attorney General of Virginia, who has a critical role as counsel to Virginia’s public colleges and universities, and encouraging leaders from college campuses, law enforcement, mental health, and advocacy groups, to seek and recommend solutions that will bring critical awareness and identify best practices to aggressively combat sexual violence on campus.

Establishment of the Task Force

Accordingly, with the authority vested in me by Article V of the Constitution of Virginia and under the laws of the Commonwealth, including but not limited to §§ 2.2-134 and 2.2-135 of the Code of Virginia, and subject to my continuing and ultimate authority and responsibility to act in such matters, I hereby create the Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence.

Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence

The Task Force’s responsibilities shall include the following:

  • Recommend best practices for protocols used by campus officials, including campus police, Title IX Coordinators, and others, to respond to sexual violence on campus.
  • Recommend best practice to reinforce existing relationships and form new relationships between Virginia’s institutions of higher education, campus police, local law enforcement, commonwealth’s attorneys, crisis response centers, mental health counselors, and advocacy organizations, to include the development of a model memorandum of understanding that will delineate respective responsibilities for investigations, sharing of information, and training.
  • Recommend best practices for policies governing sexual violence and associated procedures for the investigation and resolution of complaints, and revise such policies and procedures, if needed, to meet all legal requirements.
  • Examine sexual violence prevention and awareness programs and recommend measures to maximize best practices for sexual violence training for students, faculty, and staff, as well as bystander intervention programs and mandatory training for incoming residential students, at all of Virginia’s universities and colleges.
  • Recommend measures to encourage reporting of sexual violence.
  • Assess the degree of accessibility of campus services and programs, coordination with community resources and programs, and efforts to make students aware of these resources.

Task Force Membership

The Task Force will be chaired by the Attorney General of Virginia. The Task Force will be comprised of the Secretaries of Education, Health and Human Resources, Public Safety and Homeland Security, representatives of the higher education community, law enforcement, community advocates, health professionals, and relevant government agencies, not to exceed more than thirty members, as appointed by the Governor. The Governor may appoint any other person(s) and support staff deemed necessary and proper to carry out the assigned functions.

Task Force Staffing and Funding

Staff support for the Task Force's work during its existence shall be furnished by the Office of the Governor, and the Offices of the Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, as well as other agencies and offices designated by the Governor.

The Office of the Attorney General will provide legal staff to the Task Force, both through the OAG representatives serving on the Task Force and others, as needed.

Necessary funding to support the Commission and its staff shall be provided from federal funds, private contributions, and state funds appropriated for the same purposes as the Task Force, as authorized by § 2.2-135 of the Code of Virginia, as well as any other private sources of funding that may be identified. Estimated direct costs for this Task Force are $5,000 per year.

The Task Force will serve in an advisory role and will provide a final report to the Governor by no later than June 1, 2015. The Task Force will issue other reports as necessary or as requested by the Governor.

Effective Date of the Executive Order

This Executive Order shall be effective upon signing and, pursuant to §§ 2.2-134 and 2.2-135 of the Code of Virginia, shall remain in force and effect for one year from its signing unless amended or rescinded by further executive order.

Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia, this 21st day of August, 2014.


Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor


Levar M. Stoney, Secretary of the Commonwealth



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Virginia Leaders Applaud Efforts to Combat Sexual Violence on College Campuses | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Virginia Leaders Applaud Efforts to Combat Sexual Violence on College Campuses

August 21, 2014 | Virginia News

News Image Today Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 25 establishing a new task force, chaired by Attorney General Mark Herring, to help combat sexual violence on college campuses.

The Governor and the Attorney General also signed a Joint Declaration with all 16 Virginia public colleges and universities and the Virginia Community College System acknowledging the partnership and shared commitment to improving how each institution addresses cases of sexual assault and expanding sexual assault prevention training on campus.

These actions have received praise from leaders across the Commonwealth:

Senator Tom Garrett, Louisa:

“I applaud Governor McAuliffe for his efforts to ensure safety at Virginia’s colleges and universities.  I commend the administration and Virginia colleges and universities for partnering to make Virginia a leader in this area and to be on the forefront of sexual violence awareness, prevention, and response.”

Senator Janet Howell, Northern Fairfax County:

“Gov. McAuliffe and the Attorney General are wise to bring together state leaders to coordinate responses to this pervasive problem. Families can be confident that everything possible will be done to identify and implement ways to make college students safe.”

Delegate Rosalyn Dance, Petersburg:
"As the Honorary Regional Chairwoman of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, I am extremely pleased that Governor McAuliffe and the Attorney General are utilizing their offices to address this important issue across the Commonwealth."

Delegate Jennifer McClellan, Richmond:

“Today, the Governor and the Attorney General take a step forward in reaffirming and ensuring that Virginia college campuses are safe places to learn and grow. I am extremely pleased that Virginia is a leader in bringing higher education leaders, law enforcement, and legislators together to recommend best practices for combating sexual assault.”

Delegate Vivian Watts, Fairfax:

“I am pleased that Governor McAuliffe and our stakeholders  will work together with our college administrators and authorities to bring awareness and identify best practices to combat sexual violence on our college campuses.  I commend his efforts to maintain and promote positive learning atmospheres at our Virginia institutions of higher education.” 

Chief Craig L. Branch – Germanna Community College Police; President, Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators:

“College/University police must foster the safest environment possible and work closely with administrators, faculty and staff to be certain students are confident enough in them to report incidents of sex abuse. Then they must investigate each and every report vigorously and thoroughly, working with local and state authorities if needed. Undue feelings of shame and fear of not being believed or taken seriously must not be allowed to prolong victimization. I applaud the Governor for taking a proactive approach in establishing this Taskforce and bringing all stakeholders together to address any campus sexual misconduct concerns.”

Chief John A. Venuti – Virginia Commonwealth University Chief of Police:

“The prevention of sexual assault, violence, harassment, and misconduct of any kind remains a top priority for Virginia Commonwealth University.  I am pleased to see Governor McAuliffe and the Attorney General taking steps and action to shift the paradigm, raise awareness, and renew the focus on eliminating sexual violence on Virginia's college campuses.”

John Jones – Executive Director Virginia Sheriffs’ Association:

"Sexual violence on campuses should be treated as violent crimes, as they are in any community.  Transparency and cooperation with local primary law enforcement agencies are an important component of combating this problem.  No citizen, whether a student or not, should feel isolated from the best law enforcement services Virginia has to provide.  The Virginia Sheriffs' Association stands ready to assist in implementing the agreement signed by the Governor, Attorney General and Virginia college and university administrators."

Emily Renda – UVA graduate, student activist:

“Governor McAuliffe's office is providing an environment for best practices to emerge. Many advocates and administrators on campus feel as though we're working in isolation and struggling with our own set of issues, when the reality is that our challenges are very much the same. The opportunity to work across the state offers the chance to share in this work to strengthen our responses as a whole.”

Rosemary Trible – Founder of Fear 2 Freedom:

“Paul and I have been at CNU for 18 years. We are proud to be united today with other presidents to take a stand in combating sexual violence on our campuses. I believe this generation is our hope to change the cultural understanding of this issue. Together we can bring about change, hope and healing, one person at a time.”

Tom Kramer – Executive Director, Virginia21:

“It’s clear that sexual assault on college campuses is an issue that concerns many students. We’re glad to see college leaders, the governor, his administration, and the attorney general commit to work together - sharing resources and best practices - instead of pointing fingers. We look forward to being a part of the conversations to come.”


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Thomas Rambo named director of Campus Safety at Roanoke College | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Thomas Rambo named director of Campus Safety at Roanoke College

August 18, 2014 | VACP

News Image Thomas Rambo, who has more than 27 years of experience in police work and higher education, is Roanoke College's new director of Campus Safety.

Rambo most recently was assistant vice president for Student Life and director of Public Safety at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. He also was an adjunct faculty member at Susquehanna, where he taught a first-year student course and directed a study-away program in the United Kingdom about British law and culture.

Rambo will fill the role of Roanoke's former campus safety director, Tom Turner, who retired in January.

Prior to his nine years at Susquehanna, Rambo was a police officer in Philadelphia and Montgomery County, Pa. He also worked for the University of Pennsylvania Police Department for 18 years, holding several positions, including chief of police and tactical commander. As tactical commander, Rambo coordinated such high profile events as the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and presidential visits.

Rambo holds a bachelor's degree from La Salle University and a master's degree from Saint Joseph's University. He graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy. He also is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, and he attended the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar at Princeton University.

Rambo will start work at Roanoke on Sept. 1.

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

Follow Roanoke College on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

IACP to Convene Summit on Current State of Police-Community Relations | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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IACP to Convene Summit on Current State of Police-Community Relations

August 17, 2014 | National News

News Image Over the past two decades, many communities throughout the nation have witnessed a decline in the rate of crime. Years of effective, proactive, and progressive policing efforts by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have transformed our neighborhoods to safer, more secure communities.

However, as police leaders, we recognize that no single factor has been more crucial to reducing crime levels than the partnership between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.  We know that in order to be truly effective, police agencies cannot operate alone; they must have the active support and assistance of citizens and communities.
We also realize that this vital and successful partnership is crucial. High profile incidents and allegations of police misconduct may drive a wedge between law enforcement officers and the citizens they are sworn to protect.  Establishing and maintaining a safe community requires ongoing concerted effort. 
It is for these reasons, and in light of recent events, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) will shortly be convening a summit to examine the current state of police-community relations, the evolving landscape of threats that confront law enforcement, and the need for policies and procedures that ensure fair and equitable policing practices.

The summit will bring together a wide range of law enforcement officials, community leaders, academic researchers, and policy experts from around the United States and the world to discuss the myriad of issues and concerns which shape and impact the relationship between police departments and the communities they serve.  


About the IACP
The IACP is the world’s largest association of law enforcement executives. Founded in 1893, the IACP has over 23,000 members in 100 countries around the world. The IACP’s mission is to advance professional police services; promote enhanced administrative, technical, and operational police practices; and foster cooperation and the exchange of information and experience among police leaders and police organizations of recognized professional and technical standing throughout the world. Additionally, the IACP champions the recruitment and training of qualified persons in the police profession and encourages all police personnel worldwide to achieve and maintain the highest standards of ethics, integrity, community interaction, and professional conduct.

For more information on the IACP, please visit

William & Mary names new police chief | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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William & Mary names new police chief

August 17, 2014 | Virginia News

The first female police chief in William & Mary’s 321-year history will take command next month. Deborah “Deb” Cheesebro will begin her new post Sept.15.

Cheesebro has extensive experience in community policing, threat assessment, emergency management, victim assistance, strategic planning, and organizational development. She comes to the college from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she served as both senior director of police, public safety and emergency management and director of police and public safety. In these positions Cheesebro led UNCSA’s efforts related to police services, security, parking, emergency preparedness and response and oversaw the school’s Business Continuity Plan.

“Chief Cheesebro possesses an impressive blend of the knowledge, skills and experience needed to lead a campus police force in today’s environment,” said Anna Martin, vice president for administration.  “I am confident she will quickly become a valuable and valued partner in our community.”
Prior to her time a UNCSA, Cheesebro served as deputy director for the department of police and public safety at the University of Michigan from 2001 to 2006. Before coming to higher education Cheesebro was a law enforcement training specialist for the Michigan State Police Academy and a deputy sheriff with Michigan’s Ingham County Sheriff’s Office.

“I am thrilled to be joining the William & Mary community,” Cheesebro said. “This university is a great match for me personally and professionally. This opportunity pulls together everything I have worked on in my career from community policing to operational excellence. From the standpoint of law enforcement, I believe there are few environments more challenging than college campuses and none that are more rewarding.”

Cheesebro is a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Emergency Managers and the North Carolina Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

She holds a doctorate in organizational behavior and development from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio; a Master of Science in criminal justice from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from West Virginia State University. Cheesebro is also a graduate of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Executive Development Institute as well as numerous other management, leadership, incident command, and law enforcement training programs.

The William & Mary Police Department is a full-service police department. Cheesebro succeeds Donald Challis who left William & Mary to take a position at South Dakota State University. Captain Ed Schardein has been serving as interim chief since Challis’ resignation in March.

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It’s Time to Crack Down on Drunk Drivers | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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It’s Time to Crack Down on Drunk Drivers

August 14, 2014 | National News

News Image National "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign Runs August 15-September 1

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in partnership with law enforcement organizations, governors, and state and local highway officials across the nation, is calling on you to help put an end to drunk driving.

Over 10,000 people are killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes every year in the United States. Drunk driving is reckless and preventable, and it’s up to us to get that point across. Drivers continue to break the law by driving impaired, putting thousands of travelers at risk every day.

It’s time to get serious about enforcement. This year’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility crackdown will run August 15 through the Labor Day holiday on September 1. We’re targeting this time period because holiday weekends bring a surge in drunk-driving. In 2012, there were 147 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes over Labor Day weekend (6 p.m. Friday through 5:59 a.m. Tuesday).

We want drivers to know that we don’t tolerate drunk driving. No excuses, no warnings. If drivers are caught driving impaired, they will be arrested. NHTSA data shows that drivers respond to this type of highly visible enforcement; past campaigns have resulted in a 20-percent decrease in alcohol-related crash fatalities. With one person, on average, dying every 34 minutes in a drunk-driving crash over the Labor Day period, that’s a lot of lives that could be saved.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign needs your participation to be a success. Your law enforcement and safety colleagues across the nation are counting on your support. Drivers in your area look to you for protection. If your participation in the Crackdown prevents one crash or saves someone from a serious injury or death, success can be claimed.

In preparation for this year’s crackdown, remember why increased enforcement is needed:

  • One in three traffic fatalities in America are alcohol-related.
  • Over the Labor Day weekend in 2012, one person was killed every 34 minutes, on average, in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash.
  • The same weekend, 390 people lost their lives in traffic crashes. A staggering 25 percent of those involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher – almost double the legal limit in all states and DC.
  • Among drivers killed in traffic crashes over the Labor Day holiday period in 2012, about 41 percent of them were impaired.

Action Steps

Use the following recommendations to carry out the 2014 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign in your area.

  • Get the word out: Customize the earned media material in this Product for Enforcement Action Kit (PEAK) and share it with your partners and local media. Use signs to publicize the crackdown to all drivers.
  • Get noticed: Hold a highly visible kick-off event to let the public know about the crackdown.
  • Increase saturation: Add units and roving patrols, especially at night, when drunk driving is most prevalent.
  • Actively look for drunk drivers: Conduct sobriety checkpoints (if allowed in your area) where they will be most effective based on local crash data. If sobriety checkpoints are not allowed in your area, use other high-visibility enforcement techniques such as safety checks or enforcement zones.
  • Know the facts: Draw from local crash statistics to pinpoint specific enforcement needs and locations. This will help you focus limited resources and make the most of your efforts.
  • Reach out: Contact your state’s Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) from the list provided in this PEAK to expand the reach of your campaign. Also involve local grassroots and community organizations.
  • Be social: See the tips included in this PEAK so you can use social media to your campaign’s advantage.

Review your local crash data to determine where and when you will conduct highly visible enforcement. The chart below provides an example of day and time data that could be used to determine when to conduct enforcement.

Town of Dayton Selects New Police Chief | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Town of Dayton Selects New Police Chief

August 13, 2014 | Virginia News

Daniel Hanlon To Take Helm In January

Harrisonburg Daily News-Record

DAYTON — Dayton Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to name Lt. Daniel Hanlon as the town’s next police chief.

After the vote, Hanlon received a standing ovation from council.

“I’m grateful for the trust you’ve placed in me for this position,” the 13-year Dayton Police veteran said. “I don’t take it lightly. Thank you.”

Hanlon, 44, will replace the current chief, Donald “Dinky” Conley, who will retire after 15 years in December. Hanlon’s official start date as police chief is Jan. 1.

Jeffery Dean, chair of the personnel committee, said a contract and salary details had not been formalized yet.

A Marine Corps veteran, Hanlon previously worked as a patrol deputy with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office and was a member of the Rockingham County SWAT team before joining the Dayton Police Department in 2001.

Council also interviewed Dayton officer Jeremiah Nugent for the position. Nugent has been a member of the Dayton department since April 2013.

In the July meeting, council decided to open applications to internal police department candidates instead of naming a successor to Conley at the meeting. Interviews were held July 30.

“As a council, we truly feel this was the correct process and hope other departments look internally for the best candidates,” said Mayor Charles Long. “We had two great individuals apply and we’re lucky as a town to have them both as employees.”

Dayton’s police force consists of its chief and seven officers.

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Nominations sought for VHIA’s “Homicide Investigator of the Year” | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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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

Attorney General Herring Launches Statewide Youth Education and Crime Prevention Program | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Attorney General Herring Launches Statewide Youth Education and Crime Prevention Program

August 7, 2014 | Virginia News

Virginia Rules program now available to educators, law enforcement, across the Commonwealth

HAMPTON (AUGUST 4, 2014) -- Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced the statewide launch of the "Virginia Rules" program, Virginia's state specific law-related education program to help middle and high school students make good decisions, avoid breaking laws, and become responsible, active citizens within their schools and communities. The program's 22 modules cover topics ranging from alcohol and tobacco to drug prevention, bullying, relationship violence, gangs, and traffic laws. The program was launched today before more than 700 school safety professionals during the Virginia School & Campus Safety Training Forum in Hampton.

"I'm really proud that we're making the Virginia Rules program available to educators and community leaders across the state," said Attorney General Herring. "It's a lot easier to help kids develop good decision making and life skills on the front end than to deal with the consequences on the back end. I hope we're able to reach every student in Virginia and help them become active members of their communities and responsible citizens of the Commonwealth."

Virginia Rules is designed for use by teachers, school resource officers, sheriffs, commonwealth's attorneys, or community leaders who want young people in their communities to have the skills needed to make good decisions and steer clear of crime. Approved Virginia Rules teachers have access to lesson plans, student handouts, pre/post-tests, and a PowerPoint presentation for each module. Many Virginia Rules modules fulfill SOL requirements and instructors can teach all modules or simply choose the ones that are relevant to their students.

"I'm excited about the statewide launch of the Virginia Rules Program," said Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton. "It will serve as a great resource for schools, communities, parents, and students interested in learning about how Virginia laws apply to young people. I applaud Attorney General Herring's decision to make this important information easily available to students across the Commonwealth and I encourage law enforcement, educators, and community leaders to take full advantage of all this program has to offer."

The program has been piloted in recent years by Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Fairfax County, where more than 1,000 trained instructors have taught more than 75,000 lessons in schools and community settings. The top five visited sections in 2014 were Child Labor Laws, Driving, Family Relationships, Alcohol and Tobacco, Crimes Against Persons, and Drugs.

"I've been a prosecutor for 20 years and too often kids come through the courtroom door with no idea about the ramifications of a felony conviction," said Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney Gregory Underwood, who has used Virginia Rules in Norfolk for the past few years. "Virginia Rules helps us reach these kids before they come through the doors so they might think twice and make better decisions. It's tough to explain complex concepts like accomplice liability even to adults, but Virginia Rules help us make it relevant to these young people."

To help spread Virginia Rules across the Commonwealth, Attorney General Herring has begun an extensive training effort. His office will be distributing 2,000 instructors' guides and supplemental materials and will hold at least eight regional trainings during the school year with the goal of training at least 500 new school resources and security officers as Virginia Rules instructors in 2014. More than 100 new instructors participated in a training session on Monday at the School & Campus Safety Training Forum. The Attorney General's Director of Outreach, Virginia Rules coordinator, and regional outreach workers will also conduct trainings and grow the program. In 2014, the goal is to have 250,000 visitors to the Virginia Rules website.

"The Virginia Rules program dovetails nicely into the curriculum and provides a valuable Virginia focus which helps students make a personal connection to Virginia law, said Chad A. Maclin, Trade and Industrial Education program manager for Fairfax County Public Schools. The program also assists parents, by providing clear and accurate information in a student focused venue. The layout and presentation of the Virginia Rules program is easy to use for both parents and students. The ability to instantly search a topic or find resources to talk with teens about is as easy as launching a web browser. The website is age appropriate and provides the most up to date information regarding Virginia law."

"Sometimes people are hesitant until they understand how easy it is to teach and how well kids relate to it," said Mark Fletcher, a criminal justice teacher at Battlefield High School in Haymarket who also trains other Virginia Rules instructors. "The program is structured with a lesson goal, and there's a pre and post-test which allows both the teacher and the students to see how much they've learned."

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2014 VACP/VPCF Annual Conference convenes in Roanoke! | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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2014 VACP/VPCF Annual Conference convenes in Roanoke!

August 7, 2014 | VACP

Our 89th Annual Conference has kicked off in Roanoke with more than 150 delegates and 62 exhibiting product and services vendors, non-profit organizations and state agencies in attendance!

The highlight of the conference is the Valor Awards dinner on Tuesday evening, where we will honor officers from across the state.  Our Special Guest will be the Honorable Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia. Please make plans to attend and help us honor a very special group of Virginia law enforcement officers.

The Honorable Mark Herring, Attorney General of Virginia, will be the keynote speaker at our Opening Ceremonies on Monday.  General Herring will be talking about the role of his office in working with Virginia law enforcement, and initiatives underway in his office.

Our featured speaker on Tuesday, September 9, is Rick Smith, President of Taser, International, who will talk about the future of technology in law enforcement.

Other important training presentations include a panel on license plate readers and privacy concerns, an after-report on the Lynchburg trail derailment, training on exculpatory evidence and a Supreme Court update.

Conference Agenda

Download the conference agenda for more information about the scheduled presentations and various functions.  Please note the conference is approved by DCJS for 9.75 hours of In-service credit.


Virginia Reaches Temporary Agreement to Allow Safe, Regulated Operation of Uber and Lyft | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Virginia Reaches Temporary Agreement to Allow Safe, Regulated Operation of Uber and Lyft

August 6, 2014 | Virginia News

News Image Transportation network companies to come into compliance with Virginia law

RICHMOND (August 06, 2014) – Governor Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that the Commonwealth of Virginia has reached an agreement with transportation network companies Uber and Lyft that will help ensure the safety of passengers, bring the companies into compliance with Virginia law, provide transparency into their operations, and promote a level playing field for transportation providers. This temporary legal framework, one of the first of its kind in the nation, is the result of extensive discussions between the companies, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, the McAuliffe administration, and Attorney General Herring's office following the issuance of "cease and desist" letters to the companies on June 5.

“In order for Virginia to remain economically competitive, it is important that we welcome innovative companies like Uber and Lyft and provide them with the resources they need to safely and effectively operate in the Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Technology – specifically related to smart phones – continues to advance at a rapid pace, and I am pleased that we were able to work together to find a swift solution that will provide Virginia’s workers, students, and families with more transportation options.”

“I knew there had to be a better way to ensure the safety of Virginia passengers," said Attorney General Herring. "These companies offer services that Virginians want, but it just wasn't acceptable for them to operate without complying with regulations or other measures to help ensure the safety of passengers and motorists. I'm proud that we were able to get folks back to the table and get them talking again, and now we've shown that Virginia can be responsive to innovative businesses while promoting public safety and the rule of law. Because of this cooperation, Virginians are going to have more transportation options that are safer, more transparent, and appropriately regulated.  I hope other states will look to Virginia as a model for how to safely integrate the so-called sharing economy."

"Thanks to the leadership of Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Herring for putting consumers first and embracing innovation, choice and opportunity," said Justin Kintz, public policy, Uber Technologies, Inc. "We look forward to continuing to work together to create a permanent home for ridesharing, providing residents and visitors with safe, reliable transportation options.”

"Today's agreement allows Lyft to continue providing safe rides and economic opportunity to Virginians as we work with state leaders to secure a permanent future for ridesharing, said Dave Estrada, VP of Government Relations for Lyft. "Virginia has led the way in embracing innovative industries and we applaud Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Herring for their thoughtful work to reach an agreement that maintains the highest level of public safety while expanding consumer choice. In addition to our involvement in DMV's ongoing study on Transportation Network Companies, we look forward to helping craft new rules for peer-to-peer transportation that increase access to safe, affordable and convenient rides for all Virginia residents."

The Department of Motor Vehicles has informed Uber and Lyft that their applications for transportation broker's licenses and temporary operating authority have been granted, effective immediately, they meet an extensive set of regulations to promote passenger safety, have appropriate insurance, and comply with Virginia law. If at any point either company fails to comply with these terms, DMV can revoke the temporary operating authority.

These conditions include:

  • Extensive background checks of drivers, with immediate disqualifiers including convictions for any felony, fraud, sexual offenses, or violent crimes, or registration as a sex offender.
  • A review of driving history, with disqualification for drivers convicted of three or more moving violations in the last three years, DUI, underage drinking, refusal to submit to a breathalyzer, hit and run, or eluding law-enforcement, or a revocation of a driver's license.
  • Zero tolerance for the use of drugs or alcohol by any drivers, and a suspension pending investigation of any driver accused of violating the zero tolerance policy.
  • Only employing drivers who are properly licensed and over 21, and vehicles that carry a maximum of seven passengers and are properly registered and inspected for safety and emissions, where applicable.
  • Rigorous insurance requirements, including requiring drivers to maintain automobile liability insurance, maintaining on behalf of all drivers an additional $1,000,000 of coverage from the moment a driver accepts a trip request until the passenger leaves the vehicle, and liability insurance for drivers who are logged onto the companies' software but not providing services.
  • Maintaining documentation for each driver of his or her background check, sex offender registry check, driving record, proof of insurance, valid driver's license, Social Security number, vehicle registration, and proof of vehicle safety inspection. Documentation must be available to DMV on demand to investigate any complaints, and must be available for periodic audits to ensure compliance.
  • Paying any previously assessed civil penalties for non-compliance and dropping any appeals, which both companies have already done.
  • Features to help customers identify their driver and vehicle, including from the outside of the vehicle.
  • Drivers notifying the companies of any change in their license status, vehicle registration, insurance, or any arrest for a crime that would disqualify them from being a driver.
  • Rate transparency and documentation.
  • Companies advising drivers of their need to comply with applicable tax laws.
  • Only accepting rides booked through the companies’ mobile device apps, not street hails.
  • Companies maintaining a Virginia transportation broker's license.

Virginia DMV is currently leading a study at the request of the General Assembly to developing a long-term legislative solution that addresses services provided by Uber, Lyft, and similar companies, while also ensuring a level playing field for taxicabs and all other passenger transportation services. The study is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2015 legislative session. This temporary authority agreement can serve as a foundation for potential legislation and will also provide valuable data on the operations of these companies as legislation is crafted.

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225th Anniversary of the U.S. Marshals | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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225th Anniversary of the U.S. Marshals

August 4, 2014 | Virginia News

Norfolk, Va. – United States Marshal Bobby Mathieson is proud and honored to announce that Governor Terence R. McAuliffe has issued a proclamation, which recognizes September 24th, 2014 as U.S. Marshals Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) was established on September 24th 1789, by the Act entitled, “an Act to establish the Judicial Court of the United States”, that directed the appointment of the United States Marshals and launched the United States Marshals Service.   President George Washington appointed the first thirteen United States Marshals, (Virginia being one of the original thirteen) following the passage of the first Judiciary Act. 

During 225 years of a storied and legendary history, United  States Marshals have executed warrants, distributed presidential proclamations, registered enemy aliens in time of war, help conduct the national census, protected the President and the Federal courts, provided for the custody and transportation of Federal prisoners,  maintained and disposed of seized and forfeited properties, ensured the safe conduct of judicial proceedings, protected  Federal judges and jurors and other members of the federal judiciary , provided for the safety and security of witnesses and directed and coordinated fugitive task forces to apprehend dangerous fugitives.

These important missions continue today and can be witnessed by the extraordinary number of arrests the agency is responsible for.  In fiscal year 2013, the USMS arrested more than 36,000 federal fugitives, 86,700 state and local fugitives, and 11,800 sex offenders.  The Marshals investigative network and capabilities allow for the unique ability to track and apprehend any fugitive who attempts to evade police capture, anywhere in the country. 

For more information on the U.S. Marshals, please visit our website,

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Timothy Alley, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Virginia – Norfolk Division

Notice on Merger of and Appriss, Inc. | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Notice on Merger of and Appriss, Inc.

August 1, 2014 | VACP

To All Clients:

Let us begin by thanking you for your continued confidence in Appriss. As you know, in December of 2013 merged with Appriss Inc. to bring you an even better solution for your E-Commerce of crash reports.

This merger expands the family of law enforcement agencies from over 500 to over 4,000.  With the greater resources, will come more available features, benefits, and opportunities for the law enforcement agencies and the purchasers of the reports.

To better serve all of our clients, Appriss is always striving to improve in every way possible.  Since the merger, Appriss immediately began to prepare for an even better and stronger infrastructure of our computer and network systems.  The new infrastructure includes new file and application servers with greater capability, security and speed.  As we grow, you will continue to receive the benefits you have come to expect along with even greater security to your data.

As part of this infrastructure upgrade, Appriss will be installing several new servers and will require migrating data from the old to the new servers.  The switchover to our new servers will take place August 1 -3, beginning on Friday evening after 8:00pm.  Most clients should not be affected in any way since the switchover will be accomplished during weekend hours when most records departments are closed.

If you should have any questions or concerns, you may always contact us via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by calling us at 866-842-1324.

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Governor McAuliffe Announces CJS Board Appointments | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Governor McAuliffe Announces CJS Board Appointments

July 23, 2014 | Virginia News

News Image On July 18, Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed the following individuals to the Criminal Justice Services Board:

  • John Anthony Manuel Boneta of Vienna, Managing and Founding Partner, Law Offices of John A. Boneta & Associates, PLLC

  • Jeffrey S. Brown* of Disputanta, Director of Public Safety, Chief of Police, Hampden-Sydney College

  • The Honorable Vanessa Reese Crawford of Petersburg, Sheriff, City of Petersburg

  • The Honorable Michelle R. Mosby of Richmond, Member, Richmond City Council, 9th District

  • Kevin Pittman of Manassas, Deputy Sheriff, Fairfax County

  • Bobby Russell* of Roanoke, Superintendent, Western Regional Jail

  • Kelvin L. Wright of Chesapeake, Chief of Police

  • Stephanie M. Wright, MSW of Alexandria, Co-Founder of Together We Bake, a nonprofit designed to serve women in need who are transitioning from the corrections system


* – Denotes reappointment.

Town of Bedford police chief retiring | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Town of Bedford police chief retiring

July 21, 2014 | Virginia News

News Image By Steve Hardy, Lynchburg News & Advance

After 34 years in law enforcement, Bedford police Chief Jim Day is handing in his gun and badge.

Day, 62, recently told the department he will retire at the end of September.

“I’ve had a good run, been happy with [the job], enjoyed wearing the uniform,” he said Monday.

As a young man, Day worked as a real estate agent in Roanoke. During an economic slump, he joined the Roanoke police, figuring he would work there for two or three years.

His tenure ended up stretching more than a quarter century. In 2006, he was named chief of the Bedford Police Department.

During his tenure, he thinks the department improved its organization and planning. The force also made an effort to improve communication through social media and public meetings, Day said.

The chief oversaw Bedford’s reversion to a town, which increased his department’s jurisdictional area without adding officers. The chief thinks his department — 24 officers and three civilians — handled the transition well.

“I haven’t heard one single complaint,” he said.

Day plans to stay active in his retirement. He hopes to work more with the Agape Center, a Moneta-based Christian ministry where he volunteers. He’s heading to Montana this week to help open a new church and give the pastor a hand renovating his house.

Town manager Charles Kolakowski will lead the hunt for a new chief. On Monday, he said it was not yet clear if the new chief would come from within the department or through an outside hire.

Day does not plan to endorse a potential successor publicly.

Kolakowski praised the outgoing chief for his professionalism and integrity.

“He will certainly be missed. He’s done a very good job for the department and for the town,” Kolakowski said.

“We’re sorry to see him go.”

Day said he plans to remain in the area and believes the department is in good hands with the current staff.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here and I plan on enjoying my retirement,” he said.

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IACP Weekly Legislative Update: July 21, 2014 | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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IACP Weekly Legislative Update: July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014 | National News

News Image Weekly wrap-up of legislative issues and things to watch at the national level from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

Weekly Wrap-Up

Military Surplus Program (1033 Program)

Thank you to everyone that sent the IACP examples of how your agency uses the Military Surplus Program (1033 Program). Discussions continue in Congress around legislative proposals that would reform the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) 1033 Program that permits the Secretary of Defense to transfer excess DoD supplies and equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies for use in their law enforcement duties. Potential reforms could include, preventing the transfer of the following: automatic weapons, those that are .50 caliber or greater; tactical vehicles, including highly mobile multi-wheeled vehicles, armored vehicles, and mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles; armored Drones; and aircrafts.

The IACP was able to use the examples you provided as positive uses of the program and to help demonstrate the continued importance of the program. If your agency has procured equipment from the Military Surplus Program, it is important that you inform your congressional delegation of the programs importance to your agency and how the equipment under questions has been beneficial in your operations. 

The IACP will continue to work with Congress as they discuss draft legislative proposals to reform the Military Surplus program.

U.S. Sentencing Commission Endorses Shorter Prison Terms for Current Inmates

On July 18, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted 7-0 to apply lower drug sentencing guidelines to eligible inmates already in prison. The U.S. Sentencing Commission’s move is highly supported by many Senate Judiciary Committee leaders on Capitol Hill. More than 46,000 federal drug offenders could potentially be released if the judge that reviews their case to get out early decides to rule in their favor. The releases would start in November of 2015 and be phased in over a period of several years. To read more, click here.

What to Watch This Week


With Congress out of session for the month of August and a limited number of days when both chambers will be in session in September, the time remaining to pass the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 spending bills before the end of the fiscal year on September 30 is quickly running out.

We will likely see a government wide continuing resolution, with Congress resuming work on the appropriations bills after the November elections.

IACP Opposes Any Proposal to Dissolve the ATF

There is a legislative proposal in the works that would dissolve the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) strongly opposes any proposal that would abolish or diminish the ATF. 

The ATF is, and has always been, a vital partner to state and local law enforcement in the shared mission of safeguarding citizens and reducing violent crime in our nation’s communities. The close working relationship between the ATF and state and local law enforcement agencies is essential in continuing efforts to protect our neighborhoods from violent criminals and organized criminal organizations, prevent the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, and combating the illegal use and storage of explosives and bombs that can be used in acts of terrorism.   Years of effective partnership between ATF and state and local law enforcement have created a force multiplier that has been highly successful in reducing violent crime.

By dissolving the ATF, state and local law enforcement would lose a key federal partner and potentially leave our communities vulnerable to further violence. 


House and Senate Appropriators are offering sharply different visions of their emergency supplemental to address the influx of unaccompanied children trying to enter the United States illegally. Due to the differences in the House and Senate proposals, Congress will likely not consider an emergency supplemental until after the August recess.

Congressional Schedule

The House and Senate are in session this week. Outlined below is a schedule of this week’s hearings and markups that are of interest to the IACP.

July 23

  • House Committee on Homeland Security hearing entitled, “The Rising Terrorist Threat and the Unfulfilled 9/11 Recommendation.”

July 24

  • House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency hearing entitled, “Threat to the U.S. Homeland: Emerging Nexus Between Foreign Actors, Transnational Criminal Organizations, and Terrorist Organizations in Latin America.”

  • House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence hearing on Jihadist safe havens and efforts to detect and deter terrorist travel.

  • Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia hearing entitled, The Path to Efficiency: Making FEMA More Effective for Streamlined Disaster Operations.”

  • Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing on the nomination of Joseph L. Nimmich to be Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The story behind the CIA’s ‘light-hearted, humorous’ Twitter account | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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July 16, 2014 | National News

News Image Some disagree with the strategy, but the intelligence agency is no longer clandestine on social media.

At first glance, it may look like the CIA’s accounts on Facebook and Twitter are part of a bogus scheme, maintained by an unaffiliated comedic troll. But the intelligence agency has confirmed they are the real deal, part of its effort to educate the public about what it does – at least the parts it can talk about.

The CIA officially joined Twitter and Facebook on June 6 to "build its online presence beyond" its public website, mobile portal, and official Flickr and YouTube accounts, according to a statement.

The social media accounts are helping the CIA’s office of public affairs, which is responsible for both internal and external communications at the agency, to fulfill one of its core missions: to inform and educate the public, CIA spokesperson Kali Caldwell told PRWeek.

A small, Web-focused team is responsible for the CIA’s online presence, and one officer oversees both accounts as part of her overall Web-content-management job.

The agency’s first tweet, which stated, "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet," garnered over 300,000 retweets and was favorited nearly 200,000 times.


When asked why the CIA decided recently to create a Twitter account, Caldwell explained that social media is not only a tool that helps the agency reach people who might not otherwise visit its website, but it also helps to "dispel myths about who [the CIA is and what it does]."

"We’ve historically had a number of CIA imposters using social media platforms to disseminate inaccurate information," she said. "We wanted to have an official voice on these platforms that could provide accurate information on our mission and history. If we don’t tell our story, others will, and often they’ll get it wrong."

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2014 IACP National Law Enforcement Challenge Winners Announced | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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2014 IACP National Law Enforcement Challenge Winners Announced

July 16, 2014 | VACP

News Image The results of the 2014 National Law Enforcement Challenge have been announced by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Virginia leads the nation with eight winning agencies!

The Law Enforcement Challenge awards recognize agencies' comprehensive highway safety efforts over the previous calendar year (the 2014 Challenge recognizes 2013 efforts). In the National Challenge, agencies are evaluated against other agencies of similar size and type from across the country.  A state Challenge awards program is also conducted to recognize the top traffic safety programs in Virginia.  (Results still to be determined.)

There were 33 Virginia agencies that entered the National Law Enforcement Challenge and Virginia's eight winning agencies and their nine awards are the MOST of all states.  California was second with six awards, four of which went to one agency – the California Highway Patrol. Maryland was third with five awards.

The VACP congratulates the Virginia winners in the 2014 National Challenge!!

  • Ashland Police Department
  • Roanoke County Police Department
  • Roanoke City Police Department
  • Henrico County Division of Police
  • Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office
  • New Kent County Sheriff's Office (also won a Special Award for Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety)
  • Stafford County Sheriff's Office
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department


The judging for the Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge still has to take place.  We hope to have that process finished by the first week of August.

For more information about the National Law Enforcement Challenge, visit  You can review the list of questions on the application form and read the "How To" guide for submitting an entry from that web page.  If your agency did not participate this year, we hope you will review the program and plan to enter in 2015!  There is still lots of time in 2014 to participate in highway safety education and enforcement initiatives and document those activities for an entry in the 2015 National & Virginia Challenges.

If you have questions about how your agency can participate or how the program works, contact Virginia Law Enforcement Coordinator Erin Schrad at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Germanna police chief chosen to head state campus law enforcement group | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Germanna police chief chosen to head state campus law enforcement group

July 15, 2014 | VACP

News Image Germanna Community College Chief of Police Craig Branch has been chosen as 2014-2015 president of the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators—a state campus police chief group.

He had served as vice president previously. The new vice president is Virginia Commonwealth University Chief John Venuti.

“This is truly humbling,” Branch said. “It’s an honor to know that my colleagues think highly enough of me to entrust me with such a prestigious position in our profession. I am also fortunate enough to have a wonderful executive director in Dana Schard along with her passionate staff and a phenomenal executive board. My goal is simply to continue with our mission; to promote professionalism in campus public safety through training, collaboration and education.”

“We’re proud of Chief Branch,” said Germanna President David A. Sam.  ”The professionalism and leadership he’s exhibited in overseeing Germanna’s transition from a college security department to a campus police department will serve the association well.”

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed Branch, a Chesterfield County resident, to the state Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice earlier this year.

Branch, a Chesterfield County resident,  came to Germanna as chief in 2011. He has over 20 years of law enforcement and security experience in Virginia and the District of Columbia.  Prior to coming to Germanna, he worked for the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Police Department where he served as an Interim Chief and Deputy Chief of Police. Prior to his employment at J. Sargeant Reynolds,  Branch served as a Watch Commander, Special Operations Commander, and Special Events Coordinator with the Virginia State University Police Department where he supervised police officers, security officers, and a narcotics canine officer. He went on to work for the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department where he served as a police supervisor on the night shift.

Branch has worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, community policing/crime prevention officer, law enforcement supervisor, police academy Instructor, law enforcement manager, gang/narcotics investigator and physical security specialist.

He’s a graduate of Virginia State University with a B.S. in Health Physical Education and Recreation with a concentration in Sports Marketing and Recreation Supervision. He is also a graduate of Virginia State University’s Supervisor Management Institute, the VCCS Classified Staff Leadership Academy and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation’s New Chiefs School.


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New Technology Helping Danville Police Department | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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New Technology Helping Danville Police Department

July 15, 2014 | Virginia News

Danville, VA -- New technology at Danville's Police Department is helping them do their jobs. The department recently received a Smart Board. Officers use it in their morning meetings, where they can access the internet, see pictures, and use the interactive technology to better catch criminals. - ABC13

A pen and paper is all that the officers had just a few months ago during their meetings. Now they use a huge monitor that allows them to be interactive in their investigations. For example, they can see suspects' pictures and get more information for a particular case.

Captain Dennis Haley says that's not all they use the Smart Board for. Officers have used it for training, planning a SWAT mission, and planning search warrants. And they can access the information from the Smart Board in their patrol cars. Haley says the Smart Board cost the department $8,000, which was paid for using drug seizure money. Haley tells us this technology has been extremely helpful.

"Actually use Google Earth and pull up the outside of the house, show its location. It provides very user friendly means of providing a lot of information for the officers before they go out," said Haley.

Another exciting improvement to the department is that all of the officers are in the process of receiving body-worn cameras. The Street Crimes Unit has had them for a while, but soon all officers will be equipped.

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Police agencies seek accreditation | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Police agencies seek accreditation

July 13, 2014 | Virginia News

Many area law enforcement agencies strive to become accredited at either the state or national level, or both for at least one local police department. Accreditation in law enforcement is similar to accreditation of other fields, such as hospitals and colleges. It means the agency has met specific standards of excellence and operates according to norms established by state and national law enforcement practitioners.

Generally, accreditation is a self improvement process of law enforcement agencies. The purpose is to allow an agency the opportunity to demonstrate that it meets nationally-recognized law enforcement practices.

In the Mountain Empire, agencies are accredited at the national level by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Both Tennessee and Virginia each have their own accrediting agencies that are based on CALEA standards.

Last week, the Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office was reaccredited through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC).

“Very few law enforcement agencies have been able to maintain 100 percent compliance on all 190 standards,” Sheriff Fred Newman said. “The reaccreditation of our sheriff’s office is a significant accomplishment that is made possible by the dedicated men and women who work for our agency.”

Washington County first received accreditation at the state level in June 2006 and was reaccredited in 2010.

Newman said from that point on, the sheriff’s office has worked diligently in maintaining the 190 standards needed for compliance for accreditation.

One area agency, the Bristol Virginia Police Department, lost its accreditation after deciding not to pay for the process due to budget cuts.

Major Sean Carrigan said Bristol Virginia had been accredited by CALEA, but lost its accreditation several years ago. CALEA costs thousands of dollars, while state-level accreditation costs hundreds of dollars.

Despite not being a state-level or national-level accredited agency, Carrigan said the department still follows state and national standards. It just hasn’t had an outside organization to review the department.

But Bristol recently began the accreditation process through the state of Virginia. Carrigan said the department is now thoroughly reviewing its policies and comparing them with other jurisdictions. He is not sure how long it will take to obtain accreditation.

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Prince William cops, after raids, arrange treatment for drug users, get some takers | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Prince William cops, after raids, arrange treatment for drug users, get some takers

July 13, 2014 | Virginia News

Officers from Prince William County, Manassas City and Manassas Park raided 19 locations and arrested 53 people over three days last month as part of an ongoing battle against heroin and illegal prescription-drug dealing. Nothing unusual there.

But after each arrest, a detective or other officer sat down with the suspects and made this offer: We have a chaplain available right now to take you to a drug treatment center, where counselors are ready and waiting — right now — to get you into the treatment you need. And for a police officer to make that offer — and to have arranged the path from jail to treatment — is groundbreaking, police experts said.

There were six takers, according to Vickie Taylor, a division manager for the Prince William County Community Services Board. Four showed up on the day of their arrest, and two more called and set up appointments after they posted bond, not always an easy task for people charged with selling heroin or Percocet or OxyContin. Even more remarkable, Taylor said, is that everyone who first made contact with her counselors has since showed up for subsequent appointments or treatment.

“These are obviously people who are struggling with major addiction problems,” Taylor said. “Every person said, ‘The police officer encouraged me to get help.’ They were amazed and really grateful for the opportunity. And I think that’s pretty special.”

The concept of police directly offering treatment to drug users and dealers is just emerging in law enforcement as police departments look for new ways to approach the drug problem. In Seattle and Santa Fe, N.M., police take drug users and low-level drug dealers to treatment before their arrests. Police in Collier County, Fla., take people to treatment whom they come across during drug raids but don’t arrest.

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Marion strives to increase police visibility, bolster citizen access | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Marion strives to increase police visibility, bolster citizen access

July 11, 2014 | Virginia News

A new initiative to heighten the visibility of Marion police officers and enhance citizen access to them is under way. Police Chief Rex Anders told the Marion Town Council Monday evening that the department is initiating high-visibility patrols and scheduling officers so that more are working on weekends, especially in the downtown area.

Anders said these techniques are being undertaken to deter problems before they start, achieve a faster response time when needed, and make officers easier to find when they are needed. If a problem develops, Anders said, he wants Marion PD officers to be accessible.

Over the next six months, Anders plans to evaluate the initiatives and adjust as necessary to improve their effectiveness.

The Marion PD staff includes 19 sworn officers and two support personnel in administration and animal control.

Councilman Jim Barker told Anders he was pleased to see the extra patrols on the streets and officers walking throughout downtown. ...

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Washington Co. Va. Sheriff’s Office renews accreditation | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Washington Co. Va. Sheriff’s Office renews accreditation

July 11, 2014 | Virginia News

ABINGDON, Va. -- The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received reaccreditation earlier this week from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.

Sheriff Fred Newman announced Thursday that his office received its second reaccreditation certification from the commission. The department had 100 percent compliance on all 190 standards.

The WCSO first received accreditation in June 2006 and was reaccredited in 2010.
Newman said in a news release that the department has been working diligently since 2010 to maintain the 190 standards needed for accreditation.

“Very few law enforcement agencies have been able to maintain 100 percent compliance on all 190 standards,” Newman said. “The reaccreditation of our Sheriff’s Office is a significant accomplishment that is made possible by the dedicated men and women who work for our agency.

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Bedford children learn the ropes of being a police officer at camp | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Bedford children learn the ropes of being a police officer at camp

July 10, 2014 | Virginia News

News Image By Steve Hardy, Lynchburg News & Advance

Bounding over walls, diving under obstacles and dragging a mannequin across the grass, the children took turns running the course, crossing the finish line to cheers as the police officer announced their times.

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Bedford Police Department’s Cop Camp.

As some campers ran the obstacle course — meant to simulate the drills officers perform — others wheeled around on patrol Segways with Abingdon police.

“Those were a lot of fun,” Chris Bagby, 12, said.

Campers, who range between 9 and 14 years old, received an up-close look at law enforcement this week. They even got front-row seats to a demonstration by the state police bomb squad.

Troopers blew up a watermelon as well as a pig’s foot.

“Oh my gosh, that was scary,” 11-year-old Kyle Ashman said.
Meant to simulate a human hand, children saw the mangled foot and were reminded of the dangers of handling explosives.

Officers also let the kids behind the wheel of a golf cart while wearing goggles designed to create the effect of drunken driving. ...

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National drug czar visited Roanoke Wednesday | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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National drug czar visited Roanoke Wednesday

July 10, 2014 | Virginia News

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President Barack Obama’s top drug policy adviser is keenly interested in Roanoke’s expanded drug-control strategy and plans to spend most of today checking it out.

Michael Botticelli, acting director of national drug control policy, plans stops at Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare, Hurt Park and Total Action for Progress. Drug court judges, police, prosecutors and mental health experts will brief the federal drug official.

The six or so hours Botticelli will be here will place a national spotlight on Roanoke. While in the city, he plans to also release the 2014 edition of the federal drug control strategy, his schedule says.

This past spring, the White House declared Roanoke, Salem, Roanoke County and Vinton a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a hot spot for illegal drugs and the violence and property crime associated with them. But officials say they are pleased with how the valley has been tackling the issue.

“Roanoke’s response to heroin and prescription drug abuse is a powerful illustration of how communities are not powerless against drug use and its consequences,” said Rafael Lemaitre, spokesman for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. “Every day in Roanoke, public safety officials are working hand-in-hand with public health officials to support innovative programs that are saving lives and making Roanoke stronger.”

The 2014 national drug control strategy, which runs 102 pages, mentions Roanoke police for confronting problems in several drug- and violence-plagued neighborhoods. One of the most talked-about efforts, known as drug market intervention, steers suspected nonviolent drug dealers to education, support and employment assistance in lieu of arrest and prosecution. Botticelli will hear all about it while here.

The broad aim of federal policy is to reduce drug use by 10 percent to 15 percent by 2015. Obama has said addressing drug abuse with medical science, not just punishment, makes the most sense.

“Addiction is a disease of the brain — one that can be prevented, treated, and from which people can recover,” according to Obama’s cover letter to Congress that accompanies the plan. ...

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Guns allowed on planes, if packed properly | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Guns allowed on planes, if packed properly

July 9, 2014 | National News

News Image By Peter Bacque, Richmond Times-Dispatch

You can bring a weapon when you fly on an airliner.

“We want people to know they can travel with firearms,” the Transportation Security Administration’s Lisa Farbstein said.

You just have to do it legally, the TSA spokeswoman said Tuesday at Richmond International Airport. “You can fly with weapons, as long as you pack it properly and check it with the airline,” Farbstein said.

However, a lot of people don’t.

“We’re seeing an increase in the number of firearms showing up at checkpoints,” Farbstein told local news media at the Richmond International Airport, demonstrating with dummy guns and sturdy cases how to secure weapons before bringing them to the airport.

Weapons confiscated at airport security checkpoints in the United States have almost doubled in number since 2009, according to TSA figures, reaching 1,813 last year. Just last month, TSA set a one-day record of 18 guns identified at checkpoints nationwide.

“We think that people are getting more lax the further we’re moving away from 9/11,” Farbstein said. “People tell us with great frequency that they forgot it was in their bag.”

The proper way travelers can bring their firearms with them when they fly is to unload the weapon, put it in a hard-sided case, lock it securely and then bring the case to the airline check-in counter, she said.

“They’ll make sure it’s … in the belly of the plane,” she said.

All firearms, ammunition and firearm parts are prohibited in carry-on baggage. ...

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DOJ Announces New Priorities to Address Surge of Migrants Crossing into the U.S. | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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DOJ Announces New Priorities to Address Surge of Migrants Crossing into the U.S.

July 9, 2014 | National News

Justice Department Proposes Establishing Legal and Law Enforcement Advisors to Aid in Disrupting and Dismantling Immigrant Smuggling Operations

Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced today that the Justice Department will implement a series of steps to help address the influx of migrants crossing the southern border of the United States.  These include refocusing immigration court resources to adjudicate the cases of recent migrants; providing support and training to help address violence in Central America; and redoubling efforts to work with other federal agencies and the Mexican government to investigate and prosecute those who smuggle migrants to the United States.

“Individuals who embark on the perilous journey from Central America to the United States are subject to violent crime, abuse, and extortion as they rely on dangerous human smuggling networks to transport them through Central America and Mexico,” Deputy Attorney General Cole said.  “We have an obligation to provide humanitarian care for children and adults with children who are apprehended on our borders, but we also must do whatever we can to stem the tide of this dangerous migration pattern.  The efforts we are announcing today are intended to address the challenges of this influx in a humane, efficient and timely way.”

Cole announced that the department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) will refocus its resources to prioritize cases involving migrants who have recently crossed the southwest border and whom DHS has placed into removal proceedings -- so that these cases are processed both quickly and fairly to enable prompt removal in appropriate cases, while ensuring the protection of asylum seekers and others.

“This refocusing of resources will allow EOIR to prioritize the adjudication of the cases of those individuals involved in the evolving situation at the southwest border,” said EOIR Director Juan P. Osuna.  “Although our case management priorities are shifting, our immigration judges will continue to evaluate and rule upon cases consistent with all substantive and procedural rights and safeguards applicable to immigration proceedings.”
To augment its capacity to adjudicate cases as promptly as possible, EOIR is committed to hiring more immigration judges.  EOIR this week will also publish a regulation allowing for the appointment of temporary immigration judges.  Further, EOIR plans both to expand its existing legal access programs, and enhance access to legal resources and assistance for persons in removal proceedings.

Cole also announced that the Department is seeking new funding, as a part of the President’s emergency supplemental appropriations request, to assist Central American countries in combatting transnational crime and the threat posed by criminal gangs.  This regional strategy for law enforcement capacity building would be aimed at addressing the issues that have been a factor in forcing many migrants to flee Central America for the United States.

The department will also redouble its efforts to work with Mexican authorities to identify and apprehend smugglers who are aiding unaccompanied children in crossing the U.S. border.  Later this week, the Deputy Attorney General will also be meeting with the five U.S. Attorneys who represent the southwest border districts to strategize on ways to disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations on the border that are facilitating the transportation of unaccompanied minors and others.

Today, Deputy Attorney General Cole will go to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s McAllen Station and processing facility to see the urgent situation at the border.  EOIR Director Osuna will be testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to highlight the Justice Department’s efforts to aid in the administration-wide response to the migrant influx.

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Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial Construction Update | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial Construction Update

July 9, 2014 | VACP

RICHMOND –Today, Virginia Public Safety Foundation (VPSF) announced plans to commence with construction of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial at a new Capitol Square location south of the Patrick Henry Building. The following is a statement from VPSF President Paula Miller:

“I am overjoyed to announce that construction of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial will commence in the coming days and be completed in November. It has been 10 years since the inception of a grassroots campaign to construct a memorial honoring Virginia’s public safety officers and the 868 of them who have died in the line of duty; this announcement will be heartwarming news to thousands of Virginia first responders and their families.

For the past several months, VPSF has worked diligently to pursue construction of the memorial at its long-established site near the corner of 9th and Broad Streets at Richmond’s Capitol Square. Unfortunately, plans to demolish and rebuild the General Assembly Building would have greatly impacted the memorial.

Rather than delay construction of Virginia’s long-overdue monument to public safety heroes, VPSF asked to move the memorial to a location one block east of the original site. Governor Terry McAuliffe, who served as Memorial Fund Co-Chair prior to his election, agreed to our request. The memorial will be built in a space south of the Patrick Henry Building, where the Governor and his cabinet work, and near the Executive Mansion.

I know that our donors, supporters, and survivors care most about bringing to conclusion our long campaign to build the Public Safety Memorial. I hope they will share my excitement that the memorial’s construction will commence in the coming days, and that the memorial itself will be a beautiful tribute to our 868 heroes in a location that is worthy of this honor."

New ‘e-ticket machines’ may be newest tool in police arsenal | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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New ‘e-ticket machines’ may be newest tool in police arsenal

July 8, 2014 | Virginia News

By Ryan Cornell,

MIDDLETOWN -- Speeding fines in counties and cities could increase by up to $5, after a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe this spring allows jurisdictions to tack on an extra fee to fund electronic summons systems.

Middletown Police Chief Phil Breeden presented the ordinance, Section 17.1-279.1, to Town Council during its work session on Monday.

"It states that any county or city through its governing body may assess an additional sum not in excess of $5, as part of the costs in each criminal or traffic case in district or circuit courts located within its boundaries in which the defendant is charged with a violation of any statute or ordinance," said Breeden, reading the code.

"If you get a speeding ticket and the court cost is $30, the court cost is going to be $35," he said.

The fee would be collected by the clerk of the court, held by the treasurer of the locality and dispersed to the law enforcement agency to be used to fund the "e-ticket machines."

Breeden said the ticketing machines would read a driver's license "just like a credit card" and include a printer that mounts under the headrest of the passenger seat in a police vehicle.

"If I swipe his driver's license, it will pull up all of his information on the screen in the form of this ticket," Breeden said. "And we just fill in the blanks as to the court date and so on and so forth."

He said the new electronic system would reduce the amount of paperwork for law enforcement agencies as well as the time it takes before drivers can pay their tickets. The current system sends copies of the ticket through the mail to the Department of Motor Vehicles and the court, he said. ...

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Crunching the data on our most accident-prone roads | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Crunching the data on our most accident-prone roads

July 8, 2014 | Virginia News

By Dave Forster, The Virginian-Pilot

Like rotten children, some of Hampton Roads' most accident-prone intersections and freeways are behaving far worse than they should.

Researchers have crunched the data and come up with another way to look at those harrowing spots. A new analysis by the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization quantified the potential for reducing accidents at hundreds of locations and offered possible fixes for the highest-ranking intersections and freeways.

Sam Belfield, an author of the study, said the work will help cities apply for funding for road improvements by showing where the money can make the biggest difference.

By far, the road with the most to gain is eastbound Interstate 64 from Northampton Boulevard to Interstate 264, a stretch that has long been among the region's most notorious for crashes. The analysis found that segment had about 127 more accidents per year than would have been predicted for it, given the number of lanes, traffic volumes and other criteria.

In 2012, it saw 221 accidents, including 73 with injuries.

Tailgating was the most common contributing driver behavior, according to the report. That happened in nearly 71 percent of all crashes there between 2009 and 2012, compared with a regional freeway average of 46 percent. ...

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Norfolk leaders look for answers after 15 hit by gunfire | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Norfolk leaders look for answers after 15 hit by gunfire

July 8, 2014 | Virginia News

By Gary A. Harki, The Virginian-Pilot

NORFOLK -- Five shootings that injured 15 people over the weekend sent police scrambling to find out what happened and community activists and politicians wondering how to curb the wave of violence.

Police have arrested four adults and a 17-year-old in connection with the shootings. The names of the victims and the people arrested have not been released.

"Due to on-going investigations, further details and defendant information will be released at a later date," Cpl. Melinda Wray, spokeswoman for the department, wrote in a news release.

Chief Michael Goldsmith said Saturday that he planned to put more police into the affected neighborhoods.

"We will work hard to bring these perpetrators to justice and we appeal to our citizens for support," he said in a news release.

Mayor Paul Fraim said the city should look for means to diminish gun violence.

"The one common thread is that there are too many illegal guns on the street and in the hands of people," he said. "I think we have to start looking at measures, even if they are unpopular."

He suggested the city should consider a gun buyback program, although he noted that the General Assembly passed a bill making that difficult. ...

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70 Percent of U.S. Police Departments Use License Plate Readers | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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70 Percent of U.S. Police Departments Use License Plate Readers

July 8, 2014 | National News

Your local U.S. police department has likely already turned to surveillance cameras that can automatically read all visible license plates on passing cars. Such license plate readers can do more than help find stolen vehicles or robbers' getaway cars—they have begun to transform law enforcement by allowing officers to home in on criminal hideouts by tracking crime patterns over time.

But that powerful capability goes hand-in-hand with worries about the privacy of ordinary, law-abiding citizens as police departments store license plate and location information for longer periods of time.

As many as 70 percent of local U.S. police departments already use license plate reader systems, according to a new RAND report. The technology first pioneered by the UK in the 1990s to fight Irish Republican Army terrorism has since become popular among U.S. law enforcement, mainly for the purpose of tracking down stolen vehicles. Yet police departments are discovering that the technology, combined with growing license plate databases, can also rapidly identify suspect vehicles in the vicinity of a crime or help figure out the centers of criminal activity such as "chop shops" dealing in stolen vehicles.

"License plate readers are a relatively new technology that can be used to help investigate almost any type of crime," said Keith Gierlack, researcher at RAND and lead author on the study, in a press release. "But there are important issues, particularly about privacy, that must be addressed before this tool can reach its full potential." ...

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Arlington County Police Dept. announces Chief-for-a-Day contest | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Arlington County Police Dept. announces Chief-for-a-Day contest

July 8, 2014 | Virginia News

ARLINGTON, Va. –The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) is hosting a Chief-for-the-Day contest, and calling for submissions from students ages 8-12 from all Arlington County schools.

Students are being asked to write an essay (maximum one page) answering the question “What does it mean to be a police officer?” The selected student will be picked up at his or her house on August 5, 2014 by a patrol car and driven to the ACPD to spend the day involved in fun filled activities. Submissions will be reviewed by a group of ACPD personnel.

The selected candidate will participate in a swearing in ceremony, go behind the scenes for a tour of the police station, participate in demos of hands on police work, and have lunch with Arlington County Police Chief M. Douglas Scott. Students are asked to submit their entries by July 21, 2014. Please include name, age, address, phone number, and school.

The winner will be contacted and announced on the ACPD’s website. Your submission authorizes the ACPD to print your name and publish photos as the winning essay contestant. The legal guardian of the chosen student will be required to sign an authorization form.

Please submit entries to: Jessica Grisler, Media Relations/ Public Affairs Office; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For more information on the contest, contact Public Information Officer Dustin Sternbeck at 703-228-4331 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Target of nonviolent crime in Danville leads to lower violent crime | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Target of nonviolent crime in Danville leads to lower violent crime

July 6, 2014 | Virginia News

BY .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Danville Register & Bee

Danville’s violent crime has dropped off in recent years, and a definite decline can been seen from 2012 to 2013 — a result Danville Police Chief Philip Broadfoot says can be attributed to a police attack on nonviolent crime.

It sounds counterintuitive, he explains, but felony violent crimes are “few and far between.” What police find more often than not is a core group of people who are committing those crimes — but that’s not all they do, Broadfoot continued.

These same people commit other crimes as well.

“If you can disrupt their lives by arresting them for other offenses, those kinds of things occupy their minds,” Broadfoot said. “When you refocus the folks who are prone to the violence on other things to occupy their time, it does affect their propensity to get violent. That’s a proven strategy that’s been around in law enforcement for years.”

Broadfoot continued by saying he is reluctant to say “A caused B, but we’ve been doing A and B is happening.”

The city’s crime numbers reflect that attack on nonviolent crime to lower the violent crime. In 2012, they city was ranked with the second highest crime rate in the state. In 2013, Danville dropped to fourth behind Glenn Lyn, Roanoke and Franklin.

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DMV Publishes 2014 Legislative Bulletin | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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DMV Publishes 2014 Legislative Bulletin

July 2, 2014 | Virginia News

A summary of bills related to DMV operations and oversight, enacted by the 2014 Virginia General Assembly and signed by the Governor. All changes effective July 1, 2014 (unless otherwise noted).

Download the 2014 DMV Legislative Bulletin (PDF)

Governor McAuliffe Announces Jennings as State Inspector General, Other Appointments | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Governor McAuliffe Announces Jennings as State Inspector General, Other Appointments

June 27, 2014 | Virginia News

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his administration today. The appointees will join McAuliffe’s administration focused on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will grow Virginia’s economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth.

Office of the State Inspector General

June W. Jennings, State Inspector General
June W. Jennings has over 25 years of experience in the Commonwealth of Virginia overseeing and conducting audits and investigations of state agencies. Since July 2012, she has served as the Office’s Deputy State Inspector General and was recently appointed as the acting State Inspector General. Prior to joining the Office of the State Inspector General, June was Inspector General for the Virginia Department of Corrections. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Inspector General, a member of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Association of Inspectors General.


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Award highlights how seat belts save lives | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Award highlights how seat belts save lives

June 26, 2014 | Virginia News

News Image By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Danville Register & Bee

Danville City Council chambers were packed Wednesday morning for the annual Traffic Safety Awards ceremony presented by the Danville Police Department for drivers who saved themselves serious injury — or even death — in serious car wrecks by wearing seat belts.

Chief Philip Broadfoot said the department realizes there will be vehicle crashes, but the awards were initiated several years ago to point out that seatbelt use can reduce the physical toll crashes take on drivers and passengers.

Three civilian drivers and their passengers, as well as two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy, received “Saved by the Belt” certificates. ...

“We want to recognize them for making the right choice and arriving alive,” Broadfoot said.

The law enforcement recipients were all on duty when their wrecks occurred.

Broadfoot pointed out that the law allows public safety workers to skip using a seatbelt so they can get in and out of vehicles faster — but that officers and firefighters are encouraged to wear them whenever possible.

Broadfoot said the sheer volume of equipment police officers have in their patrol car gives them more things to fall into during a crash, with the potential to add to injuries sustained.
Seatbelts, however, prevent people from “thrown around” in a wreck, Broadfoot noted.

In 2013, Danville Police Cpl. S.C. Bray, Danville Police Officer E.R. Crane and Danville Sheriff’s Office Deputy A.K. Haley were all in crashes caused by another driver and were presented “Saved by the Belt” certificates.

Broadfoot also announced the departments “top producers” of citations to drivers who were not wearing seatbelts; drivers who had children in their vehicles without having required child safety seats; drivers who were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and drivers were speeding.

Officer D.C. Lancaster was the top producer in two categories, citing 15 drivers with DUI and 60 drivers — a number Broadfoot said he found “scary” — for not having children in proper safety seats.

Officer R.L. Martin issued 28 seatbelt violations and Officer S.R. Keatts issued 220 speeding tickets in 2013.

Broadfoot drew chuckles when he said Keatts could not attend the ceremony because he was in court, testifying about some of those speeding tickets.

Finally, individuals and organizations received recognition for partnering with law enforcement to raise awareness of safe driving practices. ...

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Motor carrier legislative changes effective July 1, 2014 | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Motor carrier legislative changes effective July 1, 2014

June 26, 2014 | VACP

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) would like to take this opportunity to remind you of several new laws that impact motor carriers taking effect on July 1, 2014.

Beginning July 1, HB 341 allows vehicles fueled, wholly or partially, by natural gas to weigh up to 2,000 pounds more than the applicable weight limit on non-interstate highways. The bill requires the operator of the vehicle to be able to demonstrate that the vehicle uses natural gas. The weight limit extension would not be valid for vehicles operating on interstate highways. This exception ensures that Virginia law will conform to federal rules regarding weight limits on interstate highways.

Also, HB 415 and SB 302 allow the DMV Commissioner and cities and towns to authorize overweight permits for truck cranes starting July 1, 2014. The bill language makes it clear that a truck crane and its counterweights constitute an irreducible load, and that overweight truck cranes are subject to the same permitting processes as every other type of overweight vehicle.

We invite you to share this information with others.

Thank you for your time, and please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Mike Baxter
Director of Motor Carrier Size & Weigh Services
(804) 367-0062
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Report: After two years of decline, law enforcement deaths rise sharply | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Report: After two years of decline, law enforcement deaths rise sharply

June 20, 2014 | National News

By Steve Almasy, CNN

About 40% more law enforcement officers have died on duty in the first five and a half months of 2014 than in the same period a year ago, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said Sunday.

Of the 63 fatalities through June 15, 23 were gun-related, the organization said.

There was a 53% rise in firearm-related deaths and a 37% upward trend overall, according to the nonprofit organization, based in Washington.

So far this year, traffic accidents are blamed for 25 deaths.

The increase comes after two years of declines, including 2013, which saw the lowest number of deaths on duty -- 111 -- since 1959.

The organization said its research team compiles the list of fatalities, which also includes job-related illnesses such as heart attacks, falls and other types of accidents.

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Commentary: Who gets the gun matters for background checks | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Commentary: Who gets the gun matters for background checks

June 18, 2014 | Virginia News

Noah Feldman, Bloomberg View

Bruce Abramski bought a handgun for his uncle, hoping to use his expired police officer ID to get a discount. When the seller asked, as required by law, if the gun was for him, Abramski said yes. C’mon, wouldn’t you have done the same for a bargain? Next time, don’t.

Abramski was convicted for making a false statement “material to the lawfulness of the sale” and a false statement with respect to information required for the dealer’s records — and Monday a divided U.S. Supreme Court upheld the convictions.

On the surface, you might think the convictions were obvious. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issues regulations containing a questionnaire dealers must give to purchasers. One of the questions asks, “Are you the actual transferee/buyer of the firearm(s) listed on this form?” It then adds: “Warning: You are not the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person.”

Lying makes a false statement, and the questionnaire has to be kept by the dealer. Case closed, right?

It’s more complicated. Abramski’s uncle, Angel Alvarez, was eligible to own a gun, and would have been a legal purchaser had he shown up himself. Abramski argued to the Supreme Court that his false statement therefore wasn’t “material to the lawfulness” of the sale.

Then Abramski went further, contending that federal law is silent about so-called straw purchasers who buy guns on behalf of third parties. Similarly, Abramski claimed, he hadn’t told a lie relevant to the dealer’s records — because he, Abramski, really was the buyer, even if not the intended owner.

Strengthening Abramski’s creative argument is the fact that the federal gun statute itself — as opposed to the BATF questionnaire — never mentions straw purchasers, speaking instead about the “person” or “transferee” acquiring the firearm.

The four liberal justices plus swing voter Anthony Kennedy rejected Abramski’s arguments. In an opinion by Justice Elena Kagan, the court held that the true “person” or “transferee” mentioned in the statute is the final intended owner. In support of this interpretation, Kagan’s opinion cited “common sense,” which she called a “fortunate (though not inevitable) side-benefit of construing statutory terms fairly.”

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Planning Training for Crowd Control Teams | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Planning Training for Crowd Control Teams

June 18, 2014 | VACP

BY: Lieutenant Patrick G. Aigner, Prince William County Police Department

One of the most challenging tasks as a commander of a part-time, specialty team is training. Unlike units such as SWAT, positions on crowd control teams are mostly assigned, not sought, and typically do not train as often. However, the value of a well-trained civil disturbance team can greatly reduce the liability agencies face as well as make events safer for demonstrators, uninvolved civilians, and law enforcement personnel. It is critical to commit to regularly-scheduled crowd control training and for team commanders to ensure maximum effectiveness of those dates.

It is usually rare when demonstrations occur in jurisdictions policed by medium or smaller-sized agencies.  However when they do, the stakes are high and the value of a crowd control team competent in the relevant legal issues as well as other areas of crowd management cannot be understated.  An initial training consideration for agencies is to commit to a schedule of at least four (4) times a year.  Granted, this type of team is typically not used often; however, it is important to build a level of expertise and continuity so it operates well when called upon.  Once a department establishes training dates for a crowd control unit, team supervisors/members need to do everything possible to maximize attendance of personnel.  Since this necessitates the coordination of schedules from numerous units, it is important to publish the year’s training schedule as early as possible. 

As an agency in the National Capital Region (NCR), the Prince William County Police Department’s crowd control team has been utilized to assist with Presidential Inaugurations, State of the Union addresses, and a host of other high profile events.  Additionally, Prince William County has been the site of protests by the Westboro Baptist Church, the Bradley Manning Support Network, and others.  Each demonstrated the importance of a unit which understood the rights and limitations of groups under the First Amendment.   Additionally, they illustrated how important it is to work as a unit to ensure a safe platform for all to exercise their right to be heard.

Since mutual aid requests are very common within the NCR, we typically extend invitations for common partnering departments to participate in our training.  For example, the Prince William County Police requested the assistance of the City of Manassas Police Department and Virginia State Police for past protests within our jurisdiction.  The benefits of combined training were obvious as well as having other internal units (mounted patrol, K-9, etc.) participate when appropriate.  For major training scenarios, it is important to include the department of fire and rescue and other appropriate agencies, as they will be tasked to assist with an actual event. 

A well-organized, effective training day starts with planning a few weeks in advance of the actual date.  We found value in organizing a meeting of team supervisors and command staff to discuss ideas for training, who will present certain blocks, and what topics will be covered.  The end result is “buy-in” and agenda items which are topical and relevant.  Furthermore, the supervisors assume more control of team activities and are more apt to motivate their troops to fully support the training mission.  It is important to outline the day’s objectives and ensure they are clearly communicated.  

Once training topics have been finalized, it is imperative to put together an itinerary which maximizes effectiveness and minimizes idle time.  This will have an impact on how focused the team is throughout the day and the retention of the skills learned.  As mentioned, the Prince William County Police Department has assisted with various planned events in the past which occurred on/around established dates.  It is a good idea to plan training topics based on the type of event you are most likely to be assigned in the near future.

Most training dates begin with tending to administrative matters to ensure the roster is up to date, etc.    Although routine, the importance of the correct roster information speaks for itself when the need arises for the team to be deployed.  If there was a recent team deployment or a major national/international event of a crowd control nature, one of the command staff will facilitate a discussion about it.  Many good ideas have come from these sessions and they offer the rank and file the ability to familiarize themselves with the decision-making process of the team’s commanders.  

Due to the rapidly evolving legal landscape surrounding demonstration-related matters, we schedule a local prosecutor to conduct a biannual “legal update” of the most common/changes to statutes.  They are also able to convey what information/evidence is preferred to bolster chances of a conviction should an arrest(s) occur.  The positive impact of a good working relationship with the prosecutor’s office cannot be understated. 

There are a number of tactical areas which need attention/practice to acquire an adequate level of competence; some of these require periodic recertification.  For example, we schedule the team’s grenadiers to annually recertify with the weapon and ensure the training records are updated.  Another training consideration is exposure to chemical munitions used by the agency for tactical operations.  To coincide with the gas exposure, agencies should incorporate masking drills to ensure operational readiness.  Other areas in need of attention are the proper application of the baton, riot shields, and devices used when making mass arrests (flex cuffs, etc.).

The ability of a team to march as a unit and effectively utilize different formations, such as line and lateral support, are critical to the overall success of operations.  Due to the lack of frequent usage of crowd control teams, I personally advocate being proficient with a few basic formations rather than numerous.  However, the team’s command staff needs to identify which are important and drill them appropriately.  As part of tactical operations, arrest teams need to repetitiously practice their movements to ensure when apprehensions are made, they are executed safely and expeditiously.  Many larger agencies use bicycle patrol officers as a means to rapidly deploy to an area in advance of the crowd control platoon to create a barrier.  This is a great way to avoid being outflanked by factions of protesters and yet another training idea to consider.   

As part of the training day’s agenda, it is important to bring everything together into a practical exercise(s) so the team can apply their skills.  The scenarios need to be scripted carefully to dictate certain courses of actions are undertaken by the role players.  A “safety officer” should be assigned to minimize the chances of injuries due to a lack of control/improper assessment of a hazard.  When the team is preparing for a major, planned event, it is always a good practice to explore a myriad of situational possibilities and work through them during training.  When these types of things occur during the actual event, (even though it will not be exactly like training) the team will respond much more decisively.  After each scenario, feedback is provided to cover the positive and negative actions. 

Team continuity is a major part of the success of the Prince William County Police’s crowd control team.  One of the most important training developments over the past several years was the inclusion of “team building” exercises as part of the training date.  A recent example was an “officer rescue” relay where the different squads raced against one another.  Each team had to work as they carried a “victim” officer on a stretcher through the course.  With a few additional obstacles thrown in (donning gas masks and other relevant drills), the races provided an element of friendly competition while practicing needed tactics for use in the field. 

At the end of the training day, a short debrief with team members affords the opportunity for feedback to command staff and for the assessment of the training’s effectiveness.  Most agencies have an established protocol to document the activities/topics covered during the training date.  This documentation is beneficial for everything from training analysis to risk management.

In conclusion, a local, regional, or national event may spur an uprising within a community with little or no notice.  It is expected the local police department is properly trained, capable of ensuring the safety of the public, and understands the relevant legal issues.  A successful event is dependent upon the ability to manage the incident in a fair and impartial manner.  Although even the most effective training cannot account for every possibility a crowd control team may face, it does provide a solid foundation to build upon.

Division of Capitol Police Earn 2nd Accreditation Award | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Division of Capitol Police Earn 2nd Accreditation Award

June 18, 2014 | VACP

News Image The Division of Capitol Police held a formal ceremony on June 11, 2014 in the Old House Chamber of the Virginia State Capitol recognizing their second state accreditation award. This certification was based on an intensive three day review in March of the agency by Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) assessors.

The assessment and resulting unanimous approval by the Commission’s Executive Board on May 15, 2014 were the final steps in the Division's previous four year effort to maintain their accredited status. The assessment team found no standards that required minor or major remediation. The Division became the first state agency with a 100% compliance rating with all 190 professional standards set forth by the VLEPSC.

Colonel Anthony S. Pike, Chief of the Division of Capitol Police noted “The 2nd accreditation award confirms that Virginia's government officials, state employees, citizens of the Commonwealth and its visitors at the seat of government may have confidence that the Division of Capitol Police is among the finest in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States.”

The VLEPSC Executive Board, which is comprised of six active Sheriffs and six active Chiefs of Police, establishes professional standards and administers the accreditation process by which Virginia law enforcement agencies can be systematically measured, evaluated, and updated in the areas of Administration, Operations, Personnel and Training.

The state accreditation program is managed by the state Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). Participation in the state accreditation program is voluntary.

The Division of Capitol Police has the distinct honor and privilege of being recognized as the first organized policing agency in the nation. Their historical roots originate at the first permanent English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia. In 1618, the Guard, consisting of 10 men was formed to protect the Governor. By 1663, the force was expanded to a force of 20 men and assigned to protect the Governor, the Council, and the Colonial Assembly.

On March 11, 2010, the VLEPSC Executive Board unanimously approved the Division’s initial Accredited Status.


Arlington County Police Will Enforce Virginia’s Uber and Lyft Ban | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Arlington County Police Will Enforce Virginia’s Uber and Lyft Ban

June 16, 2014 | Virginia News

Eric Hal Schwartz, Staff Writer – In the Capital

After Virginia ordered Uber and Lyft to stop operating in the state, both companies said they would basically pretend it hadn't happened and continue operating normally. In other places where ride-share companies have ignored orders from local authorities to stop operating, police sting operations and prosecution have been just some of the consequences for the companies.

The question in Virginia was, since the state was ordering the ban, how would local law enforcement handle it. The Arlington County Police Department at least, said it will be enforcing the new ban, according to a report from ARLnow.

That's a pretty big deal since of course Arlington County is where Uber and Lyft drivers will be going when they leave D.C. for Virginia. If it were just state police enforcing the ban, then it might theoretically be possible to vastly lower the chances of getting pulled over and cited just by sticking to surface roads as much as possible. With the county police on enforcement duty though, there's a much higher chance of getting into trouble for the drivers.

One silver lining for the drivers in that the ACPD said they will not be prioritizing enforcing the ban over other crimes. It's more likely to be something that is added to other charges of a driver, like if they are pulled over for speeding or something. Since Uber, if not Lyft, cars are hard to spot without asking the driver, that probably means there won't be a sudden influx of drivers into Arlington jails. It certainly wasn't difficult getting one to go to Virginia over the weekend.

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Supreme Court rules on ‘straw purchaser’ law | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Supreme Court rules on ‘straw purchaser’ law

June 16, 2014 | National News

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration Monday, ruling that the federal government can strictly enforce laws that ban a "straw" purchaser from buying a gun for someone else.

The justices ruled 5-4 that the law applied to a Virginia man who bought a gun with the intention of transferring it to his uncle in Pennsylvania — even though the uncle is not prohibited from owning firearms.
The decision split the court along familiar ideological lines, though it has no direct bearing on the Second Amendment right to own guns. It settles a split among appeals courts over federal gun laws intended to prevent sham buyers from obtaining guns for the sole purpose of giving them to another person. The laws were part of Congress' effort to make sure firearms did not get into the hands of unlawful recipients.

Writing for the majority, Justice Elena Kagan said the federal government's elaborate system of background checks and record-keeping requirements help law enforcement investigate crimes by tracing guns to their buyers. Those provisions would mean little, she said, if a would-be gun buyer could evade them by simply getting another person to buy the gun and fill out the paperwork.

"Putting true numbskulls to one side, anyone purchasing a gun for criminal purposes would avoid leaving a paper trail by the simple expedient of hiring a straw," Kagan said.

Her opinion was joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is often considered the court's swing vote, as well as liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.

In dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia said the language of the law does not support making it a crime for one lawful gun owner to buy a gun for another lawful gun owner. He was joined by the court's other conservatives — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

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Passing of Retired Abingdon Police Chief Cecil Kelly | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Passing of Retired Abingdon Police Chief Cecil Kelly

June 16, 2014 | VACP

News Image It is with deepest regrets that Abingdon Police Department announces the passing of retired Police Chief Cecil Kelly. Chief Kelly began his service to the citizens of Abingdon as a patrol officer in February 1962. He was appointed Police Chief in May, 1988. He served in that capacity until his retirement February, 2003.

Chief Kelly was a graduate of the 125th session of the F.B.I. National Academy.  He leaves an example of a lasting legacy of service to the citizens of Abingdon.

The family of Chief Kelly will receive friends on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Frost Funeral Home Chapel, located at 250 East Main Street Abingdon, VA.

A Masonic service will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Tuesday by the Abingdon Masonic Lodge # 48 at the chapel.

Private Graveside Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the Kelley Family Cemetery in Clintwood, Va., with the Rev. Jerry A. Eggers officiating.

The family will be leaving the Frost Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning with a police escort provided by the Abingdon Police Department and the Virginia State Police Honor Guard in honor of the service that Mr. Kelly had given to the town and the community. Active pallbearers will be family and friends.

Honorary pallbearers will be past and present members of the Abingdon Police Department and members of the Abingdon Masonic Lodge.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to:

Abingdon Masonic Lodge
325 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210

Or, to:

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Church Street Station
P.O. Box 780
New York, NY 10008

Or, online by going to the website in memory of Mr. Cecil Kelly.

Online condolences can be submitted to the family at

DCJS announces “Soft Launch” of Virginia’s new civil commitment laws on June 16 | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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DCJS announces “Soft Launch” of Virginia’s new civil commitment laws on June 16

June 11, 2014 | Virginia News

The 2014 General Assembly Session passed a number of legislative changes to Virginia's civil commitment laws that are scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2014. CSBs, state facilities and their safety net partners, including local hospitals, emergency departments, law enforcement agencies, and others, have developed new regional admission protocols based on these new laws. DBHDS is planning a "soft launch" in advance of the July 1 enactment to help identify any procedural issues and pressure points that can be addressed before the July 1 effective date.

Nominations Sought for IACP/Target International Police Officer of the Year Award | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Nominations Sought for IACP/Target International Police Officer of the Year Award

June 11, 2014 | National News

The nomination period is open for the IACP/Target International Police Officer of the Year Award. The IACP is proud to once again partner with Target to recognize exemplary performance in professional policing from law enforcement agencies both domestically and internationally. We look to you, our membership, to spread the word about the nomination process for this extraordinary honor.

As the most prestigious law enforcement award of the IACP, the Police Officer of the Year Award recognizes outstanding and heroic achievement among police officers across the globe and highlights the sacrifices made daily by law enforcement’s finest.

Nominations are open to all sworn, full-time police officers, below the rank of chief, for exceptional achievement in any police endeavor. Eligible events must occur between June 29, 2013 and July 17, 2014 and nominations must be received electronically by Friday, July 18, 2014. Unfortunately, posthumous nominations are not eligible.

Four finalists will be selected and recognized at the 121st Annual IACP Conference in Orlando, FL on October 25-28, 2014 as well as featured in Police Chief Magazine. One finalist will be named Police Officer of the Year at the IACP Foundation’s Gala. Following the gala, the Police Officer of the Year will be honored at IACP’s First General Assembly.

For more information on eligibility requirements, the nominating process, please visit

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Burstein at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

2014 Torch Run Raises $1.13 Million for Special Olympics VA | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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2014 Torch Run Raises $1.13 Million for Special Olympics VA

June 4, 2014 | VACP

News Image At the Torch Run Kick-Off last week, 2014 Chair Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan of Chesapeake announced that Virginia law enforcement had raised $1,135,926 for Special Olympics Virginia — a new record!

The 2014 Torch Run began on May 30 in Bristol and will culminate at the SOVA Summer Games on June 6 at the Robins Center at University of Richmond. The Opening Ceremony is at 7:15 PM.  Come down and cheer on the athletes!

Additionally, the 2015 State Chair has been named — Chief Earl Cook of the Alexandria Police Department. Our thanks to Chief Cook for leading the charge next year!

Below: Chief Tarasovic of Richmond PD presenting the central Virginia total of $88,000 to Sheriff O’Sullivan and AG Herring.

Virginia’s 2013 Crime Analysis Report Now Available from VSP | Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
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Virginia’s 2013 Crime Analysis Report Now Available from VSP

June 4, 2014 | Virginia News

News Image RICHMOND – Virginia’s official and only comprehensive report o