Chief Gary Roche VELPSC Chairman

Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) News

The VLEPSC Quarterly Meeting was held on May 11, 2016 in Salem, Virginia. Three (3) VLEPSC accredited agencies were reaccredited. Smithfield Police Department 5th Award, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office 5th Award, and the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office 3rd Award. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office was awarded its Initial Accreditation during the meeting. Congratulations to all those agencies.

Also during the meeting Chief Gary Roche, Pulaski Police Department was elevated to the position of Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission Chairman. This position was previously held by Sheriff Brian Roberts, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office whose term expired. Chief Roche will serve a two year term as VLEPSC Chairman.

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The VLEPSC Commission consists of six (6) Chiefs of Police and six (6) Sheriffs. The Commission’s goals include the following: To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth through the delivery of services; To promote cooperation among all components in the criminal justice system; To ensure the appropriate level of training for law enforcement personnel; To promote public confidence in law enforcement; and To promote the professionalism of law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Accreditation increases the law enforcement agency’s ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the community it serves. Accreditation enhances community understanding of the law enforcement agency and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives. Citizen confidence in the policies and practices of the agency is increased. Accreditation, in conjunction with the philosophy of community policing, commits the agency to a broad range of programs (such as crime prevention) that directly benefit the public. Accreditation creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to control and prevent crime. This partnership will help citizens to understand the challenges that confront law enforcement. Law enforcement will, in turn, receive clear direction from the community about its expectations. Thus, a common set of goals and objectives will be arrived at and implemented.  As Chairman, Chief Roche will maintain a pivotal role in ensuring that the goals of the commission are carried out. Congratulations Chief Gary Roche.

 

Congratulations!

IMG_9819 IMG_9824 IMG_9832 IMG_9852On May 11, 2016 VELPSC reaccredited three agencies. Smithfield Police Department 5th Award, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office 5th Award, and Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office 3rd Award. The commission also granted initial accredited status to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

On April 4, 2016 the Town of Chincoteague Police Department were formally presented their 1st Reaccreditation Award. Several members of the community were present for this award presentation during the April Town of Chincoteague Council meeting. Presenting the award was DCJS VLEPSC Program Manager, Derrick Mays. Congratulations TCPD! Keep up the great work!IMG_9732

Longwood University PD Earns Initial Accreditation

On April 1, 2016 The Longwood University Police Department was formally awarded their Initial Accreditation Certificate during the Board of Visitors meeting. Also in attendance were members of the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Office and the Hampden Sydney College Police Department. Presenting the award was DCJS VLEPSC Program Manager Derrick Mays. Congratulations on a job well done! (additional photos can be viewed on the VLEPSC FaceBook Page)

 

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Bristol PD Earns Accreditation Award

On March 22, The Bristol Police Department was formally recognized and awarded their Initial Accreditation Certificate. DCJS VLEPSC Program Manager Derrick Mays presented the award during the City Council meeting. Several members of the Bristol Sheriff’s Office were also in attendance to support the PD. Congratulations BPD on a job well done.12095178_10153408904062321_1658426584766881650_o 12671888_10153408904842321_7297864169861089797_o

Tappahannock PD Initial Award Presentation

On March 14, the Tappahannock Police Department was formerly awarded their Initial Accreditation Certificate. Presenting the award was VLEPSC Commissioner, Sheriff C.O. Balderson, Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office and DCJS Virginia Center for Accreditation Program Manager, Derrick Mays. Congratulations TPD on a job well done.10272734_10153389592877321_228090824448250183_o 11935118_10153389592042321_2765440920745464506_o