Winchester City Sheriff’s Office Achieves Initial Accreditation

On January 5, 2017 the Winchester City Sheriff’s Office came before VLEPSC to receive the agency’s Initial Award for Accreditation. Congratulations to the agency, the community and to the Accreditation Manager Major Al (Big Al) Sibert who also received Deputy of the Year for the Winchester City Sheriff’s Office!!!

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Congratulations to Our Re-accredited Agencies!!!

On January 5, 2017 four agencies came before VLEPSC to be re-accredited. They are Montgomery Co. SO, 5th Award; Radford University PD, 5th Award; Loudoun Co. SO, 5th Award; and Colonial Heights PD, 2nd Award. Congratulations for a job well done!!




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Albemarle County PD Receives 5th Accreditation Award

On December 7, 2016 The Albemarle County Police Department was presented with the agency’s 5th award for accreditation during the monthly Board of Supervisors meeting. Chief Ron Lantz received the award on behalf of the agency. VLEPSC Commissioner, Col. Steve Pike, Division of Capitol Police made the presentation. Congratulations to the Albemarle County Police Department and the community.


Charlottesville Police Department Receives Accreditation Award

On Saturday, November 19, 2016 the Charlottesville Police Department held it’s annual awards banquet and promotion ceremony. Invited guests included state and local officials. The department was blessed with a number of life saving awards and awards for community work. Of those presented to the CPD was their 5th Award for Accreditation. The agency came before the commission on October 18, and was reaccredited. Congratulations!!! Pictured are Chief Al Thomas, Officer Lisa Best CPD Accreditation Manager, and DCJS Accreditation Program Manager Derrick Mays, who presented the award.



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.


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.


Congratulations to the 3 Reaccredited Agencies

On October 18, 2016 during the VLEPSC Quarterly Meeting, the following agencies were reaccredited; Norfolk Police Department, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and Charlottesville Police Department. Congratulations to all reaccredited agencies.

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VLEPSC Honors Sheriff Brian K. Roberts

On September 27, 2016 Sheriff Brian Roberts, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office was presented with a plaque  from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. Sheriff Roberts served as VLEPSC Commissioner from 2009-2016. From 2012 – 2014 he served as Vice-Chairman and served as Chairman of VLEPSC from 2014-2016. Thank you Sheriff Roberts for your leadership and for your dedication to VLEPSC and the accreditation process!! Presenting the plaque was DCJS Accreditation Program Manager, Derrick Maysbcso-plaque