Monthly Archives: October 2016

VLPESC Commissioner, Sheriff C. O. Balderson and the Westmoreland Co. Sheriff’s Office Receive Award

The Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office was recognized and received two awards during the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference held in San Diego, CA. The National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC) awarded the sheriff’s office first place in the Sheriff’s 1-50 Sworn Deputies Category and the National Sheriffs’ Association awarded the sheriff’s office with the Overall Top Traffic Safety Award which included a $6,500 Training Scholarship through Northwestern University as well as all expenses paid for Deputy Moles and Sheriff Balderson to attend.

“I am honored and extremely proud of the efforts our deputies provide in traffic safety initiatives. Their commitment and dedication to saving lives on our roadways enhances the effectiveness of our safety programs”, stated Sheriff C.O. Balderson

The NLEC recognizes and awards excellent law enforcement traffic safety programs, focusing on impaired driving, occupant protection and speed awareness. Evaluating factors include Problem Identification, Training, Policies, Planning, Enforcement and Public Education/Information. The NLEC is supported through a cooperative agreement between the IACP and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in partnerships with the NSA, the Governors Highway Safety Association and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

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Congratulations to Chief Rick Arnold, the 2016 Commissioner’s Award Winner

Chief Arnold is a 39-year veteran of the Wytheville Police Department and has been involved in accreditation since 2000. He has served on many assessments and mocks as well as serving as Team Leader. He is a Master Assessor for the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. Prior to becoming Chief of Police, he was the Accreditation Manager for his agency. He has served on the Standards Review Committee since 2012. His agency obtained accredited status in 2002.  The department received its fourth award in May, 2014. He has never failed to answer the call when needed to step in as team member or team leader on short notice assessments. Chief Arnold is a VALEAC Conference Instructor. He has participated in 13 official on-sites, 6 of these as team leader. Chief Arnold truly displays the character and qualities that make him a very valuable asset to VLEPSC and VALEAC.

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