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.On a day in which our country is once again faced with an incident where the trust in law enforcement was shaken, and a precious human life was lost, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police reiterates one of the most basic and primary tenets of our profession: the preservation of life. This concept is weaved into the very fabric of our profession and is intended to apply equally to all we serve. We must strive to maintain the trust of the public, and a key to that trust is carrying out our duties and responsibilities in a lawful and reasonable manner in the name of community safety.
The VACP has a strong history of supporting professional law enforcement through modern training, advancement of law enforcement accreditation and advocacy for constitutional policing practices. Incidents such as the one in Minneapolis this past week only reinforce our need to remain focused on our mission and to strive for excellence in professional and compassionate policing practices throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
We offer our condolences to Mr. Floyd's family and prayers for peace for the City of Minneapolis.
On behalf of the VACP Executive Board and our members,