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.