Congratulations Greene County SO

On August 23, 2016 the Greene County Sheriff’s Office was formally presented their Initial Accreditation Award. The event took place during the Board of Supervisors Meeting. Presenting the award was DCJS Accreditation Program Manager Derrick Mays. Congratulations to Sheriff Steve Smith, the GCSO personnel and the Greene County Community.

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Smithfield PD Achieves Re-accreditation.

On June 7, The Smithfield Police Department was formally presented with their accreditation certificate. Presenting the certificate is Colonel Steve Pike, Division of Capitol Police. Congratulations Smithfield PD. Pictured from Left to right…13343034_10153572158757321_2237654608167776296_n 13346724_10153572158752321_2111047107992185599_n 13434965_10153572158847321_4821831241663019127_n

Deputy Chief Alonzo Howell, Lt. Matthew Rogers, AM Kristi Jenkins, Col. Pike, Mayor Carter Williams, Chief Steve Bowman, Councilwoman Denise Tynes.

Former Master Assessor is now a VLEPSC Commissioner!

Sheriff Joe McLaughlin has lived in the county of New Kent Virginia since his early childhood, after graduating from New Kent High School in 1975 Sheriff McLaughlin went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice and Public Safety.  He concentrated in Police Planning and Management and minored in Psychology. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in August of 1980. Shortly thereafter he began his career at New Kent Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff.

His dedication to New Kent County and continuous training with New Kent Sheriff’s Office has allowed him to move up within the department from patrol deputy to the first investigator at New Kent Sheriff’s office in October of 1986. From there he achieved the rank of Lieutenant in June of 1991. In June 1995 he became Captain, June 1998 he obtained position as Lieutenant Colonel/Chief Deputy and took office as Sheriff in January of 2016.JJ.jpg

Sheriff McLaughlin is a certified Accreditation Manager and Master Assessor. As Accreditation Manager Sheriff McLaughlin has seen the New Kent Sheriff’s Office through the department’s initial accreditation assessment in April of 2003 and three reaccreditations. The most recent being March of 2015. In 2009 Sheriff McLaughlin was presented the VLEPSC Executive Board Award. And in October of 2015 Sheriff McLaughlin received the VALEAC Certified Accreditation Professional Program Award (CAP).

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.


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.