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PELS Graduate Leadership Award

Porcher L. Taylor, a long-time faculty member with the PELS Program and Associate Professor with the School of Continuing & Professional Studies at the University of Richmond, established the PELS Graduate Leadership Award.  The purpose of this award is to recognize one member of each PELS class who has demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities throughout the PELS program. 

Each PELS session votes by secret ballot for one of their classmates to receive this award.  The criteria for this award is that the individual chosen has:

  • Demonstrated a personal commitment to expand their own leadership abilities;
  • Exhibited a sincere desire to learn and improve themselves;
  • Best represented their organization and profession; and
  • Demonstrated a sincere desire to support and encourage others in the class.

The winner of the award is unknown until the graduation ceremony, where the person chosen by their peers is presented with a plaque.  In addition, the recipient’s name, organization, and PELS session number appears on a plaque on display at the administrative headquarters of the VACP.


 

PELS Graduate Leadership Award Recipient's

James E. DeFord, Sr.
Virginia State Police
PELS Session 40

 

David Brian Cummings
Richmond Police Department
PELS Session 39

 

John P. Naylor
Fairfax Co. Police Department
PELS Session 38


Timothy N. Duncan
Suffolk Police Department
PELS Session 37


Jaime S. Sanford
Loudoun Co. Sheriff's Office
PELS Session 36


James D. Buie
Suffolk Police Department
PELS Session 35


Joseph A. Barasoain
City of Alexandria Emergency Communications Center
PELS Session 34


Benjamin D. Gonse
Virginia Beach Police Department
PELS Session 33


William M. Cox
Prince William County Police Department
PELS Session 32


Dennis M. Santos, Sr.
Virginia Beach Police Department
PELS Session 31


John E. Brooks
Suffolk Police Department
PELS Session 30


Dennis A. Hebert
Virginia Beach Police Department
PELS Session 29


Timothy A. Rudy
Prince William County Police Department
PELS Session 28


William C. Smith
Richmond Police Department
PELS Session 27


Andrew J. Mitchell
Norfolk Police Department
PELS Session 25


Stephan M. Hudson
Prince William County Police Department
PELS Session 24


Joseph P. Baron
Norfolk Police Department
PELS Session 23


A. Thomas Leary, III
Henrico County Division of Police
PELS Session 22


Jeffrey C. Davis
Hampton Police Division
PELS Session 21