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Archive May 2020

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VACP Statement Regarding the Events in Minneapolis

Statement from the Executive Board of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police regarding the tragic loss of life and continuing events in Minneapolis.

VACP Statement to Governor Northam Regarding Mask Mandate

Today, the VACP warned Governor Ralph Northam about the unintended consequences of mandating masks inside private businesses and the impact on law enforcement as well as business owners.

Prince William County Police Chief Barry Barnard Announces Retirement

Chief Barnard will retire July 1, 2020 after 44 years with the department. Deputy Chief Jarad Phelps will serve as Acting Chief while a nationwide search is conducted for Barnard's replacement.

VACP President's Letter: "National Police Week in Virginia: A Somber Time… for Several Reasons"

Police Week in Virginia will be particularly troubling.  It is always a somber occasion when we remember our fallen heroes; however, recent events have made this week especially sad.  In particular, I am referring to the decision of the Virginia Parole Board to release Vincent Martin, who was convicted in 1980 of brutally murdering a Richmond Police Officer.  The facts of this case are worth repeating.

General Assembly Republicans Call for Moratorium on Release of Violent Felons

Republican Leaders stated, “Yesterday’s announcement by Secretary Moran that the early release of Vincent Martin has been delayed for 30 days was welcome news. In our view, the murderer of Richmond Police Officer Michael Connors should complete the life sentence he received upon conviction."

Statement from Virginia Parole Board About Temporary Hold on Release of Vincent Martin

The parole release of Vincent Martin, convicted of the 1979 capital murder of Richmond Police Officer Michael P. Connors, has been temporarily held for a period of no more than 30 days, pending the conclusion of the OSIG  investigation.

VACP Requests Rescission of Parole of Vincent Martin Pending IG Investigation

The VACP is requesting a rescission of the parole of Vincent Martin pending the completion of the Inspector General’s investigation. The urgency of this request is related to the planned release of Vincent Martin on Monday, May 11, 2020 — the start of Police Memorial Week.

Republican Leaders Urge Governor Northam to Halt Release of Convicted Murderer

Senator Mark Obenshain, Senator Thomas Norment, Delegate Rob Bell and Delegate Todd Gilbert urged Governor Northam to immediately halt the release of Vincent Martin, convicted murderer of Richmond Police Officer Michael Connors.

Richmond International Airport police chief departs after six years at the helm

Captain Matthew Tenney will serve as interim chief until a replacement is hired.