Archive April 2020

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Support the Review of the Virginia Parole Board's Decision to Release Cop Killer

Those concerned about the Virginia Parole Board's decision to release Vincent Lamont Martin, convicted of killing Richmond Officer Michael P. Connors in 1979, may send letters to the Virginia Parole Board or the Virginia General Assembly.

VIDEO: Case Analysis of the Murder of Richmond Police Officer Michael Connors and the Parole of His Killer

Morgan Wright sat down with VACP Executive Director Dana Schrad and Miles Turner to discuss the case of Officer Connors' murder, the decision to grant parole to his killer, and the efforts underway to review and reverse that decision.

Arlington County Police Announce Appointment of Adrienne Quigley to Deputy Chief

Captain Adrienne Quigley is a 23-year veteran of the ACPD. Her appointment is effective Sunday, May 10.

VACP Mourns the Passing of Retired Purcellville Police Chief Darryl Smith

The VACP mourns the passing of our friend, retired Purcellville Police Chief Darryl Smith.  We send condolences to his family – his wife, Maria, and their two sons.

VSP Memo to Agencies on Community Policing Data Collection (HB1250)

The Community Policing Act requires that each time a local law-enforcement officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff or State Police officer stops a driver of a motor vehicle, the officer shall collect the following data, based on the officer's observation or information provided to the officer by the driver:

Letter to the Virginia General Assembly from VACP President Chief Howard Hall Regarding the Parole Board's Decision to Release Vincent Martin

"In 2019, the General Assembly overwhelmingly passed SB1501, which requires a mandatory minimum life sentence for the capital murder of a police officer. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Northam. This law is intended to prevent the release of offenders such as Vincent Martin, a person who had already been given a second chance when he murdered Patrolman Connors."

First Responders Children's Foundation Distributes Surgical Grade Masks to Virginia's First Responders in Partnership with VACP & Virginia State Police

The VACP is proud to partner with the First Responders Children's Foundation and the Virginia State Police to bring a generous donation of 25,000 hospital-grade masks to Virginia first responders. The First Responders Children's Foundation is also providing individual grants to first responders who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

VACP Update on Planned Parole Release of Vincent Martin

An update on the planned release of Vincent Martin, convicted in 1980 of the capital murder of Richmond Police Officer Michael Connors. The parole decision has been delayed to May 11.  There are many discussion streams around this issue, from legislative reform of the parole process to the immediate appeal of the Martin release.

Parole date changed for man who killed Richmond patrolman Michael Connors

Sources said that all discretionary paroles have now been placed on hold until May 11. Vincent Martin was originally scheduled to be released April 30.

VACP Mourns Passing of Past President William K. "Smokey" Stover

The VACP mourns the passing of Past President William K. "Smokey" Stover. Smokey served as Chief of the Arlington County Police Department from 1978-97, and served as VACP President from 1986-87. He's remembered for his dedication to the VACP and his willingness to help other police chiefs.

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