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May 1, 2017 | VACP

In This Update:

TUESDAY, 5/2! WEBINAR: “Feeling Sleepy? How Officer Fatigue Creates Individual and Agency Risk”

FREE, presented by Lexipol

Almost every law enforcement officer has dealt with fatigue caused by shift work and other job-related factors. It’s a serious problem — yet few agencies recognize the risks fatigue presents or are taking a proactive approach to addressing it. How many tragedies are assigned a proximate cause of “X,” when the root cause is actually fatigue? Rarely do we even ask the question, “How much sleep did the involved officer/deputy have in the last four days?”

Join Dr. Lois James, Dr. Stephen James and Gordon Graham for an illuminating presentation about the effects of sleep loss and shift work on law enforcement officers’ decision-making, critical thinking, coordination and balance, driving and more. We’ll also explore practical steps agencies and officers can take to minimize the effects of officer fatigue and reduce associated risks. You’ll learn:

  • What contributes to officers being overly fatigued.
  • The connection between officer fatigue and increased agency liability.
  • What actions can be taken against agencies and/or supervisors that allow officers to work when they are dangerously fatigued.
  • Steps innovative agencies are taking to combat officer fatigue.
  • How policy can and should support officer wellbeing and work to prevent overly fatigued officers from endangering themselves or others.

Tuesday, May 2, 1 pm ET/10 am PT


National Police Week — May 15-21, 2017

In recognition of National Peace Officers' Memorial Day, the VACP recommends shrouding of badges on Monday, May 15 to honor all of the law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, as per the ODMP Mourning Band Protocol.

The Virginia State Police cordinally invite you to attend the 2017 VSP Memorial Service on Wednesday, May 10 at 10:30 am in the VSP Academy Gymnasium (7700 Midlothian Turnpike, Chesterfield County, Virginia, 23235). The service is in memory of TROOPER CHAD P. DERMYER and ALL the men and women of the Virginia State Police and law enforcement agencies across the nation who have given their lives in service to others.

On Friday, May 26 at 7:30 PM, the Virginia Beach Police Foundation is presenting the documentary film Fallen at the National Geographic 3D Theater located inside the Virginia Beach Aquarium and Marine Science Center. The documentary will provide a humanizing look at line-of-duty police deaths across the country, and how these losses affect those close to the fallen, as well as the communities they serve. To date, Fallen has only been screened at the Phoenix Film Festival, where it won the coveted “Audience Award.” In addition to the Virginia Beach date, the film will also screen in DC on May 15 – Peace Officers' Memorial Day.

Tickets for both the DC and Virginia Beach public showings are available for $12.50/each and may be purchased in advance online at (Advance purchases are recommended as seating is limited.)

NOTE: There is a special Law Enforcement Officer-only screening of Fallen scheduled for Thursday, May 25 in Virginia Beach. Tickets for this screening are FREE, but limited. Contact Lt. Scott Humphrey, VBPD, at for more information.

Nominations for 2017 VACP Awards Due June 5, 2017

Please take the time to nominate your deserving officers or citizens for the 2017 VACP Awards for Valor, Lifesaving and Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement. An officer or citizen's actions need only have occurred prior to the deadline to be eligible for nomination by a VACP member. (In other words, they are not limited to the 2016 calendar year.)

Valor and OCLE Awards are presented at the VACP Annual Conference in September. Lifesaving Awards are distributed to agency heads for presentation within the agency.

Click here for more information

Registration Open for VACP Golf Tournament

Please join us for a great day of golf on Monday, July 24, on the Woods Course at Kingsmill Resort! This tournament is being hosted by the James City County Police Department, Kingsmill Police Department, and the Williamsburg Police Department. Proceeds benefit the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police & Foundation leadership education and law enforcement training programs.

Early Registrations (on or before July 1) are just $80/person. After July 1, it is $85/person. The registration fee covers greens fees for 18 holes of golf, cart, trophies for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, prizes for the winners of the Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin contest, and awards dinner. Limited to 32 teams!

For more information about the tournament, lodging, or sponsorship, see the registration page at

Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS) — 41st Session

Applications are now being accepted for the 41st Session of PELS being held September 11-15, October 16-20, & November 13-16, 2017 at the University of Richmond. The application deadline is June 15, 2017.

Book your room in the Del-Mar-Va hotel block for IACP 2017 in Philadelphia!

Once again, the VACP has arranged for a block of rooms for IACP conference attendees from Delaware, Maryland & Virginia. If interested in booking a room in the Del-Mar-Va block at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, see our IACP conference page for more information. The block is open until July 31.

Due to the close proximity of the IACP Conference to the 3 states, we expect the block to sell out, so make your reservations soon!

Featured Job Opportunities

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Upcoming Trainings, Conferences & Events

May 2 WEBINAR: "Feeling Sleepy? How Officer Fatigue Creates Individual and Agency Risk" — 1pm ET
FREE, presented by Lexipol
May 10 2017 Virginia State Police Memorial Service
Chesterfield, VA
May 22 Missing Children: Dynamics & Response (MCDR)
Alexandria, VA
June 7-9 VACLEA Summer Conference 2017
Virginia Beach, VA
July 24 VACP Captain's Choice Golf Tournament
July 25-26 FBI Joint Terrorism Taskforce Conference
Richmond, VA
July 28 Missing Children: Dynamics & Response (MCDR)
Alexandria, VA
August 12-14 IACP 23rd Annual Conference on Drugs, Alcohol & Impaired Driving
National Harbor, MD
September 17-20 2017 VACP Annual Conference
Virginia Beach, VA
October 21-24 2017 IACP Annual Conference
Philadelphia, PA