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The Honorable Robert F. Horan Selected to Receive Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement Award

August 11, 2009 | Virginia News

The Honorable Robert F. Horan, retired Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney, was honored on August 11, 2009 with the VACP/VPCF Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement Award. The award was presented during the Valor Awards Banquet of the VACP Annual Conference. The Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement Award recognizes one person’s conspicuous act or achievement in the performance of a duty that results in an exceptional and responsible contribution to law enforcement.

Robert F. Horan, Jr. served more than 40 years as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of the County of Fairfax and the City of Fairfax. He was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Fairfax Circuit Court in February of 1967, and was first elected to the office in November, 1967. He was re-elected every four years until retiring in September 2007. His area of jurisdiction was by far the largest in the state, containing more than one million people, which is more than double the size of any other jurisdiction. Following graduation from Mt. St. Mary’s College, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Upon leaving active service five years later, he entered Georgetown University Law School and earned his JD degree. He was admitted to the Virginia Bar in August, 1961, and engaged in the private practice of law until his service as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney during the years of 1964 and 1965. Horan is a past president of the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys and a former vice president of the National District Attorneys Association. He was instrumental in the creation of the Northern Virginia Drug Abuse Task Force. In 1988, he was appointed to the Virginia State Crime Commission, where he served until 1996. Bob has taught at the National College of District Attorneys and appeared for more than ten years at the annual program of the Traffic Institute of Northwestern University on the subject of vehicular homicide and trial tactics in those cases. He lectured at many seminars for Virginia prosecutors on such subjects as drug prosecution, psychiatric cross-examination, closing argument and trial tactics. He is an avid trial lawyer and prosecuted jury trials every year he was in office. His last trial, a capital case, began on January 7, 2008 and ended with a death penalty on March 3, 2008. In 1996, Horan was given the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award by the Virginia State Bar. He was honored in 1983 by being elected a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, and is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Mr. Horan receives the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement for a lifetime of commitment to the criminal justice profession in Virginia.
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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.