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VACP recommends shrouding of badges in support of Dallas police officers

July 8, 2016 | VACP

News Image The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is recommending that all Virginia law enforcement officers shroud their badges for a week, starting today and ending at midnight, Friday, July 15, in support of the fallen and injured officers in Dallas.

DALLAS POLICE FUNERAL NOTICES

 


MEDIA RELEASE
July 8, 2016
Contact: Dana Schrad, Executive Director
Mobile: 804-338-9512

 

VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE CALLS FOR SHROUDING OF BADGES AND  SUPPORTS TRAINING ENHANCEMENTS

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is recommending that all Virginia law enforcement officers shroud their badges for one week effective July 8 in support of the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department.

We are deeply troubled by the deaths and injuries suffered by the officers who were attacked last night, and send our sincere condolences to the Departments and to the families and friends of the fallen officers.  We also are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths that occurred in Louisiana and Minnesota.  We are confident that thorough investigations will be conducted and that appropriate action will be taken based on the outcome of the investigations.

Serving and protecting the residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia is the primary mission of Virginia’s police agencies, and we continue to stand ready to work with our citizens and community leaders to address the concerns that are prevalent at this time.  We are committed to enhancing both basic and in-service training to address proper use of force, crisis de-escalation, racial bias and police-community relations, and in examining our hiring and disciplinary procedures.

These horrific events have deeply affected the law enforcement profession as well as all Virginians.  We encourage our police chiefs to have open dialogues and create strong avenues of communication with the communities they serve.  We are proud to have police professionals in Virginia who are committed to public service, and who will continue to work hard for the people we serve and protect.