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VACP Past President Gilbert "Spud" Jackson Passes Away

VACP Past President and Retired Suffolk Police Chief Gilbert "Spud" Jackson has passed away at the age of 89. Spud was chief in Suffolk from 1976 to 1996 and served as VACP President from 1992-93.

VACP Past President and Retired Suffolk Police Chief Gilbert "Spud" Jackson has passed away at the age of 89. Spud was chief in Suffolk from 1976 to 1996 and served as VACP President from 1992-93.
SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Gilbert F. “Spud” Jackson, a Marine veteran whose two decades as Suffolk's police chief marked a “significant period of transformation” in the force and the city, has died.

The City of Suffolk announced his death on Wednesday in a statement from Suffolk City Manager Albert S. Moor II. Jackson was named chief of police back in 1976 at the age of 41 and retired in 1996.

In 1970, he was one of the original "dirty dozen" who started the county police department in the former Nansemond County. Jackson then became chief of the combined police departments after the merger of Suffolk and Nansemond County.

“During his leadership, Suffolk experienced a pivotal transition from a rural community to a blend of urban and rural landscapes,” Moor said. “Under his guidance, the Suffolk Police Department adapted to these changes, ensuring the safety and security of our residents.”

Jackson was a native of rural North Carolina (he got his nickname picking potatoes on his uncle's farm near Statesville) and was known for his gruff demeanor and being a stickler for following the rules.

A Virginian-Pilot article from 1996 about his retirement went as far to say that he “ruled the police department with an iron fist.” Though he was well respected by his officers and the community, and adamant about not tolerating two things from his officers: lying and abuse of authority.

“Chief Gilbert “Spud” Jackson's legacy extends far beyond his years of service. He leaves behind a lasting impact on our community, shaping the Suffolk Police Department into the professional and dedicated force it is today,” Moor added.

OBITUARY & TRIBUTE WALL

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From the July 11, 1996 Edition of The Virginian-Pilot:

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