On May 23, 2017, The Hopewell Police Department was formally awarded their 2nd VLEPSC Award as an accredited agency. The presentation occurred during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Many local citizens and fellow Law Enforcement personnel from the Prince George County PD and the Hopewell Sheriff’s Office were present to help honor the PD. Presenting the award were VLEPSC Commissioners, Sheriff JJ McLaughlin New Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Colonel Steve Pike Division of Capitol Police and DCJS Accreditation Center Program Manager Derrick Mays. Congratulations to Chief John Keohane, The Hopewell Police Department and to the Hopewell Community on a job well done. Pictured from left to right; Sheriff JJ McLaughlin, Colonel Steve Pike, Deputy Chief Robert Skowron, Chief John Keohane, Lieutenant John Irons, Devron Reid and Derrick Mays.
The largest Commission meeting in the history of the program was held on May 11, 2017. VLEPSC held it’s quarterly meeting at the Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, VA. 13 agencies came before the commission, setting the record for the most agencies to be reaccredited or initially accredited in one meeting. All 13 agencies were successful. VELPSC would like to thank Chief Battle, Major Dillon and the Warrenton Police Department for being the grand hosts for this event. Pictured below; Lancaster Co. SO 3rd Award, City of Martinsville SO 3rd Award, the Town of Purcellville PD 3rd Award, Williamsburg-James City Co. SO 3rd Award, Fairfax Co. SO 3rd Award, the Town of Farmville PD 2nd Award, the City of Salem SO 4th Award, Fairfax Co. PD, 6th Award, the City of Hopewell PD 2nd Award, the City of Newport News SO 2nd Award, the City of Galax PD 5th Award (no photo available), the City of Chesapeake SO 3rd Award, and the Richmond City SO Initial Award. Congratulations to all the accredited agencies!!!