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VACP Installs 2016-2017 Executive Board

September 22, 2016 | VACP

News Image Chesterfield Police Colonel Thierry Dupuis becomes 2016-2017 President; Williamsburg Police Chief David Sloggie completes 2015-2016 term as VACP President

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police on September 20 installed the 2016-2017 VACP Executive Board during the Valor Awards Banquet of the association’s annual conference in Roanoke, Virginia.  The new board members are:

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.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT – Chief David C. Sloggie, Williamsburg – Chief Sloggie has 40 years of experience with the Williamsburg Police Department, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology from Saint Leo College and a Master in Justice Administration from Golden Gate University.  He is a 1985 graduate of 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.

1ST VICE PRESIDENT –. 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 and a Master in Public Administration from Troy University. He is active in developing leadership education programs for the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation.

2ND VICE PRESIDENT – 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, and currently is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bluefield State College. Chief Cooper has attended the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation New Chiefs School, and currently serves on the VACP Legislative Committee.

3RD VICE PRESIDENT – Chief Douglas A. Goodman, Ashland – Chief Goodman was appointed Ashland police chief in 2008, where he has worked to enhance officer productivity and effectiveness.  The Ashland Police Department is the smallest police department in the Commonwealth to have earned and maintained CALEA accreditation.  Since 2008, the work of the men and women in APD has resulted in numerous state and national awards. 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. He also remains an active Team Leader Assessor for CALEA.


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 Howard Hall, Roanoke County – Chief Hall was appointed to lead the Roanoke County Police Department in August 2012 after 25 years of service with the Baltimore County Police Department. He joined the Baltimore County Police in 1986 upon graduation from the University of Maryland, where he received a B.A. in Government and Politics. Chief Hall spent 20 years with the BCPD as a commander and gained experience in the areas of patrol, traffic, special operations, training, administration, accreditation compliance, and human resources. In addition to receiving a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore in 1995, Hall attended the F.B.I National Academy and holds a Graduate Certificate in Police Administration. Hall is also a certified instructor and nationally recognized expert in data-driven policing – where data and analysis are used to guide police operations and solve issues. He is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and serves on the organization’s Highway Safety Committee. Hall also serves as co-chair of the Virginia Highway Safety Committee. (2015-2019 term)

Chief Maggie DeBoard, Herndon – Chief DeBoard has been the Herndon Chief of Police since 2012, after serving 26 years with the Fairfax County Police Department where she rose to the rank of Deputy Chief.  She has an M.A. in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) from the Naval Postgraduate School, a B.S. in Criminal Justice from George Mason University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the WestPoint Leadership program.  Chief DeBoard serves as President of the Virginia Chapter of the Police Unity Tour, which was formed to raise awareness of all officers killed in the line of duty, and to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) in Washington, D.C. She serves as a member of the Board of Governance of the Northern Virginia Regional Intelligence Center. (2016-2020 term)

Chief Thomas Bennett, Suffolk – Chief Bennett has served as the Suffolk Police Chief since 2009 after serving as Newport News Assistant Chief of Police.  He has a Master of Public Administration from Old Dominion University, and a B.A. in Criminology from St. Leo College.  Chief Bennett graduated from the 200th Session of the FBI National Academy, and from the 35th Session of the Police Executive Resource Forum Senior Management Institute for Police.  He is a Certified Team Leader and Assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, and has served as President of the Hampton Roads Chiefs of Police Association. (2016-2020 term)

Chief Bradley Rinehimer, James City County – Chief Rinehimer became the James City County Police Chief in 2013, and is the current President of the Hampton Roads Chiefs of Police Association.  He has extensive experience instructing in a variety of specialties in the criminal justice field for both private and public sectors, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Professional Executive Development School, and the FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development School. Chief Rinehimer has a M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelors in Criminology from St. Leo University. (2016-2020 term)

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police & Foundation ( is a statewide charitable organization of federal, state and local police chiefs and other law enforcement executives dedicated to improving the professionalism of police agencies in Virginia and to providing training and education programs for law enforcement executives. The Association was founded in 1926 and has more than 600 members.


Photo Caption:

Front Row – Tazewell Chief DeWitt Cooper, Williamsburg Chief David Sloggie, Chesterfield County Chief Colonel Thierry Dupuis, Chesapeake Chief Kelvin Wright, Roanoke County Chief Howard Hall

Back Row – Herndon Chief Maggie DeBoard, Suffolk Chief Thomas Bennett, Middleburg Chief A.J. Panebianco, James City County Chief Bradley Rinehimer (Unavailable: Ashland Chief Doug Goodman)

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