The Division of Capitol Police received their second accreditation award on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in a special ceremony in the Old House Chamber at the Capitol.
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.”