VLEPSC Senior Assessor & Team Leader Now Chief of Police at Bridgewater College

Lieutenant Milton Franklin, Reynolds Community College Police Department Is now Chief Franklin, Bridgewater College. Congratulations Milt. Our loss is truly their gain. Please see the message from Bridgewater College.


Dear Faculty, Staff and Students 

I am pleased to announce that the College has selected its next Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety and Emergency Management. Following an extensive search, Milton Franklin will join us as Chief on Monday, October 3. 

Many of you who met Milton during his on-campus interview would agree that his extensive background in higher education law enforcement coupled with his sincere care and compassion for our community will make him an ideal Chief of Police at BC. 

Milton is currently Police Administrative Lieutenant, Emergency Management Coordinator and Accreditation Manager for the J. Sargent Reynolds Community College Police Department. Prior to joining J. Sargent Reynolds, Milton worked in law enforcement at Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech as well as with various local police departments.  He has a B.S. from Virginia Tech and a graduate certificate in criminal justice education from University of Virginia. Milton is a graduate of the esteemed FBI National Academy in Quantico and is currently completing his M.A. in homeland security from American Military University. 

Milton will begin at the College prior to the retirement of Chief Picerno’s departure on October 14th, giving the two a chance to partner to best transition the Campus Police Department. As we say our good-byes to the great Chief Picerno and wish him well in retirement, we are confident and pleased that we have another wonderful new leader poised to take over campus safety  

Leslie Frere, Ph.D. | Student Life | Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

Congratulations Falls Church PD!!

On September 12, 2016 the Falls Church Police Department was formally presented their Reaccreditation Award. Many members of the public and media were on hand for this event. City Council members spoke very highly of the agency and its accomplishments. Presenting the award was DCJS Program Manager Derrick Mays.


VLEPSC Vice-Chairman Now President of the VA. Sheriff’s Association

FAIRFAX, VA – The members of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association unanimously elected Newport News Sheriff Gabe Morgan to serve a one-year term as president of the association, an 8,900-member organization representing Virginia’s sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, and sheriff’s office personnel.

Sheriff Morgan has served his county and his community for over 30 years, first in the U.S. Army and now as sheriff in a major Virginia city commanding a staff of nearly 250 employees. For more than a decade he has been an active player on the state level with legislative and budget issues affecting sheriffs.

“I am honored to serve as President of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association and look forward to working with our members, the Governor, and the General Assembly to advance our public safety agenda,” said Sheriff Morgan. “Sheriffs are in many cases the first line of defense. We make the safety of all Virginians our top priority, and our deputies and professional staff provide critical emergency services to the communities in which we serve.”

Since taking office, Sheriff Morgan immediately instituted significant policy changes that support his guiding principles: “Justice for all, service to others, and an abiding love for his community.”

John W. Jones, Executive Director of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, commented on the significance of Sheriff Morgan’s election given a growing state budget shortfall and an increasingly-difficult climate in which our sheriffs and deputies serve.

“Sheriff Morgan is highly-respected not only with law enforcement officials across the Commonwealth but also among Virginia’s legislative and political leaders,” said Jones. “He will help ensure that the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association remains not only a powerhouse on Capital Square but also the premier public safety advocate in every corner of the Commonwealth.”

Sheriff Morgan served as Second Vice President of the association for the last year. Joining him on the VSA Board of Directors include the following officers:

  • Sheriff Vanessa R. Crawford, City of Petersburg – First Vice President
  • Sheriff Steve F. Dempsey, King George County – Second Vice President
  • Sheriff Timothy C. Carter, Shenandoah County – Secretary
  • Sheriff Darrell W. Warren, Jr., Gloucester County – Treasurer

Approximately 300 sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, and special guests from across Virginia attended the three-day annual conference in Tysons Corner which featured training presentations on a host of issues, including cultural diversity, sovereign citizens, lawful employment practices, protective orders, and state budget updates.

The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association is the professional trade association representing the interests of law enforcement and sheriffs’ offices in Virginia. It is the primary voice for Virginia sheriffs in the General Assembly on all matters relating to public safety.


With heavy hearts;

Posted by request:

It is with a heavy heart that I have to type this message.

I received a call from Sheriff Howard this morning making me aware that his father, Doctor Farrar W. Howard, Sr. had just passed away.

Doc was not in good health and of recent his condition had rapidly gone downhill.

Wakie and Mrs. Howard were present with him when Doctor Howard made his walk into heaven and that is a blessing in itself.

Our family has lost a GREAT man and this community owes this man a tremendous debt for his military service, his community service, his longtime service as a doctor and as a friend and mentor to most of us who have been in the community over the years.

New Kent and Charles City Counties have lost an unbelievably dedicated public servant and more importantly a loyal and trusted friend.

This great man of God is now sitting at the right hand of our father and he is another of our guardian angels who are watching over us and those of our communities.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Howard family at this time and they know that we are with them all and that we are here to do whatever they ask or need.

Doctor F. W. Howard, Sr. will be memorialized on Sunday September 18, 2016 at the New Kent High School.

This service will start at 3:00 p.m.

Please keep them in your prayers.

God Bless


New Kent Sheriff’s Office

Congratulations Greene County SO

On August 23, 2016 the Greene County Sheriff’s Office was formally presented their Initial Accreditation Award. The event took place during the Board of Supervisors Meeting. Presenting the award was DCJS Accreditation Program Manager Derrick Mays. Congratulations to Sheriff Steve Smith, the GCSO personnel and the Greene County Community.

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Congratulations to the Re-accredited Agencies!!!

On August 16, 2016 the following agencies were re-accredited by VLEPSC;  Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Christiansburg Police Department, Albemarle County Police Department, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Falls Church Police Department. Congratulations and keep up the great work!

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Smithfield PD Achieves Re-accreditation.

On June 7, The Smithfield Police Department was formally presented with their accreditation certificate. Presenting the certificate is Colonel Steve Pike, Division of Capitol Police. Congratulations Smithfield PD. Pictured from Left to right…13343034_10153572158757321_2237654608167776296_n 13346724_10153572158752321_2111047107992185599_n 13434965_10153572158847321_4821831241663019127_n

Deputy Chief Alonzo Howell, Lt. Matthew Rogers, AM Kristi Jenkins, Col. Pike, Mayor Carter Williams, Chief Steve Bowman, Councilwoman Denise Tynes.

Former Master Assessor is now a VLEPSC Commissioner!

Sheriff Joe McLaughlin has lived in the county of New Kent Virginia since his early childhood, after graduating from New Kent High School in 1975 Sheriff McLaughlin went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice and Public Safety.  He concentrated in Police Planning and Management and minored in Psychology. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in August of 1980. Shortly thereafter he began his career at New Kent Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff.

His dedication to New Kent County and continuous training with New Kent Sheriff’s Office has allowed him to move up within the department from patrol deputy to the first investigator at New Kent Sheriff’s office in October of 1986. From there he achieved the rank of Lieutenant in June of 1991. In June 1995 he became Captain, June 1998 he obtained position as Lieutenant Colonel/Chief Deputy and took office as Sheriff in January of 2016.JJ.jpg

Sheriff McLaughlin is a certified Accreditation Manager and Master Assessor. As Accreditation Manager Sheriff McLaughlin has seen the New Kent Sheriff’s Office through the department’s initial accreditation assessment in April of 2003 and three reaccreditations. The most recent being March of 2015. In 2009 Sheriff McLaughlin was presented the VLEPSC Executive Board Award. And in October of 2015 Sheriff McLaughlin received the VALEAC Certified Accreditation Professional Program Award (CAP).