On June 17, 2015 the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office hosted a retirement ceremony for Inspector Wayne Garrett. Wayne is a Master Assessor and friend to all. His ceremony was attended by many prominent community figures as well as past and present VLEPSC assessors. Wayne, we wish you well in your future endeavors. Thank you for your service and we truly thank you for a job well done. We salute you.
Congratulations to the following agencies, received re-accreditation at the February 19, 2015 VLEPSC Meeting in Newport News, VA:
- Martinsville PD 4th Re-accred
2. Pittsylvania Co. SO 2nd Re-accred
3. James City Co. PD 3rd Re-accred
4. Page Co. SO 3rd Re-accred
5. Charlotte Co. SO 2nd Re-accred
6. Lexington PD 4th Re-accred
DANVILLE — Danville Sheriff’s Office recently earned re-accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission in Richmond.
A special panel comprised of nine Virginia chiefs of police and sheriffs voted unanimously to approve Danville’s second accreditation.
The sheriff’s office first received accreditation was in 2006 and was re-accredited in 2010.
The panel reviewed a report compiled by a three-member assessment team, which completed a thorough on-site assessment of the sheriff’s office in November.
The assessment team included law enforcement professionals from Wytheville Police Department, Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, and Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.
During the visit, the assessment team reviewed the 190 standards necessary to maintain accreditation.
“The men and women of the Danville Sheriff s Office should be commended for their commitment to excellence and professionalism,” said Sheriff Mike Mondul. “This process is a team effort which involves multiple layers of the sheriff’s office.
“While every deputy and staff member had an integral role in this achievement, special recognition needs to be bestowed upon Cpl. Cathy Clark and Deputy Crystal Conard for their efforts in coordinating the on-site assessment, and preserving the integrity of the necessary documentation for the past four years, Mondul said.
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The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office recently earned accreditation through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC). Sheriff Dan Smith was presented the certificate of accreditation on October 23rd at the annual VLEPSC conference. Sheriff Smith said that the process to attain accreditation is an extremely difficult one, with much attention paid to policy detail and thoroughness. Smith said his agency has been involved in the process for a number years and that it took a commitment from everyone in the office to earn the accreditation. “Less than 25 percent of all law enforcement agencies are accredited. This puts us in an elite group of law enforcement professionals. This should be considered a milestone achievement for this agency and this county,” the sheriff said. The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office became the 92nd agency out of nearly 400 agencies statewide to become accredited.
The sheriff said that accreditation has many advantages. It 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 agency and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives. As a result, citizen confidence and trust in the agency is enhanced. Accreditation commits the agency to a broad range of programs that directly benefit the public. It creates the framework for which police and citizens work together to control and prevent crime. This partnership helps citizens understand the challenges that confront law enforcement. The agency will, in turn, receive clear direction from the community about their expectations. Smith stated that operational, management, personnel and training policies are modeled in such a way to provide an armored shell of liability protection for the county, which is probably the greatest benefit.
Sheriff Smith and Major Garry Brown used the VLEPSC standards as a guide for writing the office’s policies. The sheriff said, “Every agency is unique, so we were able to conform the construction of policies to fit the needs of our agency and our constituency.” Smith said accreditation requires that 728 standards are complied with. A team of VLEPSC assessors toured the sheriff’s office for several days in mid-August and examined records and proofs of standard compliance in which the sheriff’s office ultimately passed with high marks. The sheriff stated, “The citizens we serve deserve the highest possible level of services and professionalism from us, and accreditation is the benchmark for which that is measured.” The cost of the process was minimal and the money used came from asset forfeiture funds resulting from drug arrests.
Administrative Staff Specialist Amy Shelor and Captain Ward Stone are the office’s accreditation managers. 911 Operator Felicia Beasley assisted with the clerical and organizational aspect of the process. Smith said, “I am proud of our employees and what they have been able to accomplish. I have never been more honored to serve this county and to be a part of this agency.”
HANOVER, Va. – The Sheriff’s Office has achieved its fourth consecutive state reaccreditation through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC). Colonel David R. Hines, sheriff, was recently presented with his reaccreditation certificate at the Hanover County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, August 27, by Sheriff Charles E. Jett of Stafford County, who also serves as a VLEPSC commissioner.
“Our continued success in achieving reaccreditation through VLEPSC is a testament the dedication and professionalism of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office. It is also made possible by the tremendous support of the community we serve, as well as the strong partnerships that we have established over many years. By receiving this award, our community can be reassured that their Sheriff’s Office upholds the highest of standards in their service to them,” said Colonel David R. Hines, sheriff.
The Sheriff’s Office had their on-site assessment on January 27-29, and was found in full compliance with 187 applicable standards. The Sheriff’s Office first achieved state accreditation in 1998 and is the only Sheriff’s Office in Virginia to be dually accredited through VLEPSC and Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Participating in both processes is voluntary.
The lead assessor, Captain James E. Richardson of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, stated “the assessmentteamwasimpressedwiththeHanoverCountySheriff’sOfficeandthe professionalism of both its sworn and non–sworn members. This agency clearly demonstrates a high level of commitment and dedication to law enforcement and the needs of the citizens they protect
To achieve reaccreditation, the Sheriff’s must undergo a rigorous on-site inspection every four years by multiple specially trained, independent assessors, who examine all areas of the agency to ensure compliance with all applicable professional standards set forth by the commission. This requires the agency to maintain their accreditation files on an on-going basis and provide annual proofs of compliance.
April Staton was officially recognized as Salem’s new Chief Deputy Sheriff in a ceremony August 1 at the Salem’s courthouse.
Staton takes over for former Deputy Sheriff David Rorer, who retired earlier this summer.
Major Staton began her law enforcement career with the Salem Sheriff’s Office in January 2003. After completing just three years of service, she was awarded the distinction of Master Deputy Sheriff, a position recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia for excellence in performance, training, and service. In 2008, she continued her rise in rank to the position of Sergeant, becoming the first female to achieve such distinction for the Sheriff’s Office.
“I like to refer to Major Staton as being dynamic. You could use every synonym of that word to describe her,” said Salem City Sheriff Ric Atkins. “her dedication, commitment, and loyalty to the citizens she serves, as well as her fellow appointees, are beyond compromise.”
“My appreciation of this promotion is truly inexplicable,” said Staton. “I expect that what I will be able to offer to this position is a common sense style of leadership, and efficiency… to have this position after years of hard work, and determination gives me a great sense of achievement.”
Staton was joined in the ceremony by her family including parents Dennis Staton and Valerie Lewis. She has three younger siblings that she constantly tries to model hard work for – two brothers, Jarrod and Lucas, and a sister, Atlanta.
“I always tell my siblings to work hard and listen,” she said. “That is always what I have done to get to this new chapter in my career. I look forward to being Chief Deputy, and leading this Office alongside Sheriff Atkins.”
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