Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office Achieves Fourth State Reaccreditation

Pictured (left-to-right): Investigator Karen R. Godfrey, Sheriff Charles E. Jett (VLEPSC Commissioner), Mr. Sean Davis (Hanover BOS Chairman), Colonel David R. Hines (Sheriff of Hanover County), and Lieutenant Chris R. Whitley.   Photo courtesy of Mr. Tom Harris, Hanover County PIO

Pictured (left-to-right): Investigator Karen R. Godfrey, Sheriff Charles E. Jett (VLEPSC Commissioner),
Mr. Sean Davis (Hanover BOS Chairman), Colonel David R. Hines (Sheriff of Hanover County), and Lieutenant Chris R. Whitley.
Photo courtesy of Mr. Tom Harris, Hanover County PIO

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 enforcemenand the needs of the citizens they protect

and serve.”

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.

Staton Promoted to Chief Deputy of City of Salem Sheriff’s Office

Commonwealth Attorney Tom Bowers, Chief Deputy April Staton, Sheriff Ric Atkins, and Judge Charles Dorsey gather together after the ceremony.

Commonwealth Attorney Tom Bowers, Chief Deputy April Staton, Sheriff Ric Atkins, and Judge Charles Dorsey gather together after the ceremony.

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.”

Photo and story courtesy of The Roanoke Times

 

 

Brunswick Sheriff Brian Roberts to lead VLEPSC

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Sheriff Brian Roberts presents a plaque to Chief Longo recognizing his term as Chairman of VLEPSC

The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) make up the VLEPSC. Commissioners consisting of active Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police establish professional standards and administer the accreditation process by which Virginia agencies can be systematically measured, evaluated, and updated. DCJS manages the day-to-day operations for the Commission.

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.

On May 15, 2014, Sheriff Brian Roberts assumed the Chairmanship of the Commission from Chief Timothy J. Longo, Sr.

Chief Longo said, “The VLEPSC is the mechanism by which we ensure the highest standards of professionalism for Virginia Law enforcement. I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to have served as the Commission’s Chairman these past two years, and have the distinct honor of passing the torch to one who exemplifies professionalism, competence, and commitment, the Honorable Brian Roberts. Brian’s passion for excellence, his thoughtful approach to taking on tough and oftentimes unpopular issues, has made him a valuable part of the Commission and someone who I look forward to continuing to work with in an effort to make Virginia Law Enforcement the best that it can possibly be.”

Sheriff Roberts said, “I am quite honored and humbled to be selected by my peers to be the Chairman of the Virginia Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.  Chief Longo is one of the finest professionals I have ever met and did an excellent job leading this Commission over the past two years.  My intentions are to continue raising the bar of excellence as it relates to Law Enforcement Standards.  This program has meant so much to my Department and me personally and again, I am truly honored.”

Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office earns high marks

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Isle of Wight County Sheriff Mark Marshall, left, and Capt. Joe Willard hold up the office’s Certificate of Accreditation. This is a first for the department, and Marshall intends to maintain the status. — STEPHEN H. COWLES | TIDEWATER NEWS

ISLE OF WIGHT—Mark Marshall said that when he was campaigning to become the next sheriff of Isle of Wight County, part of his pledge was to bring the county office to full accreditation.

Done.

He recently returned from Martinsville with a certificate in hand — a first for the department.

Marshall added that the accreditation — A++ — is valid for four years.

“Now we just have to keep it,” he said with a wide smile.

But the sheriff is not worried. For one, he’s got office/accreditation manager Jimmie Minton to keep everyone on track. Then there’s the able-bodied staff that upholds the laws of the land, and they’ve evidently been doing so to the satisfaction of the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.

Criteria for how Virginia law enforcement agencies should act in almost any case were established in the 1990s.

“Accreditation requires you to constantly keep up with these standards,” said Marshall, adding that there are 190 that can range from handling domestic abuse cases to hiring people.

“It’s everything — even how we collect, store and dispose of evidence,” he also said.

Writing reports is not enough to earn the recognition. Any law enforcement agency in Virginia that seeks that certificate has to prove training has been done, understood and followed.

Assessors from outside a department arrive to inspect and ensure. Such people came in March and spent a couple of days in Isle of Wight.

Though at one time insurance premiums were an incentive to earn accreditation, that’s apparently no longer available.

But another and more lasting benefit of following higher standards comes from improvements in service. For example, pursuits on the roads. If an incident seems to warrant chasing a suspect, a deputy must immediately report to the office of what’s going on and tell a supervisor. Questions to consider include why the pursuit is happening, what’s the speed and how are the road conditions. If anything could put people in an unsafe situation, there’s no justification or risk of a high-speed chase.

“It’s real introspective work and you make the changes if you believe in these tenets,” said Marshall.

Story courtesy of Tidewater News