Winter 2023/24 VACP Law Enforcement Executive Certifications Awarded

The VACP today recognized twenty-two Virginia law enforcement executives with the designation of VACP Certified Law Enforcement Chief Executive or Command Executive.

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police & Foundation (VACP) today recognized twenty-two Virginia law enforcement executives with the designation of VACP Certified Law Enforcement Executive. 
The VACP strives to promote the professional development and highest standards of executive and management level personnel of law enforcement agencies throughout Virginia. With that mission in mind, the VACP Law Enforcement Executive Certification Program encourages police executives to attain and maintain established benchmarks of accomplishment to achieve a recommended standard for police leadership within the state of Virginia. 

Participation in the Certification Program is completely voluntary. Those who choose to seek VACP Law Enforcement Executive Certification do so to demonstrate to peers, supervisors, and their community that they have put in the extra effort to develop themselves not only as an experienced law enforcement professional, but also as a leader in their agency and in their community. Since February 2023, we've awarded 29 Chief Executive Certifications and 47 Command Executive Certifications.

There are two levels of law enforcement certification available for Virginia public safety leaders:  
  • Certified Chief Executive Officer – for the currently-appointed chief or commanding officer of a Virginia law enforcement agency.
  • Certified Command Executive Officer  – for a law enforcement command officer who serves in an executive or upper management position; or, for chiefs who do not meet the basic eligibility requirements for Certified Chief Executive.
Applicants must meet ALL eligibility requirements in the program for initial certification, which includes being a member of the VACP or VACLEA in good standing, tenure, formal educational requirements, professional development training, and service on boards and committees. Certification is for 3 years, and participants must meet specific requirements during those 3 years in order to remain active in the program and re-certify. 
Congratulations to the following law enforcement executives for achieving their certifications!

VACP Certified Law Enforcement Chief Executive Officers:

Certified February 2024
Chief Alonzo Howell, VCLEE-CEO (Smithfield PD)
Chief David Huchler, VCLEE-CEO (Metro Washington Airports Authority PD)
Chief Scott A. Vantrease, VCLEE-CEO (Va. Dept. of Conservation & Recreation - LE Division)

Certified December 2023
Chief Milton S. Franklin, Jr., VCLEE-CEO (Bridgewater College Campus Police)
Chief Angela McKenzie Greene, VCLEE-CEO (Lexington PD)
VACP Certified Law Enforcement Command Executive Officers:

Certified February 2024
Captain Danny Crouse, VCLEE-CO (Salem PD)
Lt. Barry Dufek, VCLEE-CO (Purcellville PD)
Lt. Stacy Henry, VCLEE-CO (Virginia State Univ. PD)
Asst. Chief Easton McDonald, VCLEE-CO (Alexandria PD)
Lt. Evan McManus, VCLEE-CO (Radford City PD)
Asst. Chief Monique Myers, VLCEE-CO (James City Co. PD)
Capt. Steven Pihonak, VCLEE-CO (Herndon PD)
Asst. Chief Renado Prince, VCLEE-CO (Portsmouth PD)
Lt. Chris Eric Whiteaker, VCLEE-CO (Bristol PD)

Certified December 2023
Major Jiwan Chhetri, VCLEE-CO (Falls Church PD)
Lt. Marcus Downey, VCLEE-CO (Alexandria PD)
Dep. Chief Gregory Geist, VCLEE-CO (South Hill PD)
Lt. Charles Grubbs, VCLEE-CO (Harrisonburg PD)
Chief Stephen Jenkins, VCLEE-CO (Portsmouth PD)
Asst. Chief Jacob Martz, VCLEE-CO (Manassas City PD)
Asst. Chief Tara Lea Moore-Petty, VCLEE-CO (Manassas City PD)
Chief Christopher Wiles, VCLEE-CO (Danville PD)

The VACP Law Enforcement Executive Certification Program is open for applications. See or contact Erin Schrad, VACP Communications Manager, at


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