VACP 2010 Outstanding Legislator Award Presented to Virginia Senator Janet Howell

State Senator Janet Howell was honored on August 10 by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police with the 2010 Outstanding Legislator Award.  The award was presented during the VACP Annual Conference Valor Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Fairfax County

“Senator Howell is a champion for Virginia law enforcement,” said VACP President Doug Scott, Arlington Police Chief. “She is very dedicated to protecting funding streams for Virginia law enforcement agencies, and to promoting legislation that reduces crimes and protects victims. Senator Howell's work in support of Virginia's law enforcement agencies never wavers or changes course, and we have come to depend on her leadership in the General Assembly.”

In the 2010 General Assembly session, Senator Howell led the effort in the State Senate to restore the 599 funding stream for Virginia police departments. Her stirring speech in support of funding for state and local law enforcement on the floor of the Virginia Senate during the 2010 General Assembly session confirmed her steadfast commitment to putting public safety at the forefront of government services. Senator Howell currently is Chair of the Virginia State Crime Commission, where she presides over a number of critical public safety studies and projects. She is the first woman to serve on the prestigious Virginia Senate Finance Committee, and chairs the Public Safety Subcommittee of the Finance Committee. Senator Howell is also the first woman and second non-lawyer to serve on the Committee for Courts of Justice. As a state legislator, she has focused on education, transportation, human services and public safety. A recognized expert on family violence prevention and crimes against women and children, Senator Howell champions legislation to protect women and children, including Megan's Law, creation of a sex offender registry, and anti-stalking legislation. She chaired the Commission on Family Violence Prevention which totally revamped and updated Virginia's approach to domestic violence. Senator Howell is a wife, mother, grandmother and community leader for more than thirty years, and a native of Northern Virginia. She has represented the residents of the 32nd Senate District for 19 years. For her long-term commitment to law enforcement, Senator Howell is recognized by the VACP with the Outstanding Legislator Award. The last legislative award issued by the VACP was in 2006.


The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is a statewide organization of federal, state and local police chiefs and law enforcement executives dedicated to improving the professionalism of police agencies in Virginia. The Association was founded in 1926 and has more than 600 members. The Association provides annual training programs for law enforcement executives, directs a statewide traffic safety program for law enforcement, produces Freedom of Information Act guidelines for law enforcement and lobbies for law enforcement interests at the state and federal level.

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