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.

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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.

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Monitor the Community Website for Weather Alerts that may have an impact on the VALEAC Quarterly Meeting and Training scheduled for February 16, 2016 hosted by the Colonial Heights Sheriff’s Office

Posted on behalf of the VALEAC Board:

It would appear that a weather system may push through Virginia Monday into Tuesday. In central Virginia the forecast is 60% snow/mix into Tuesday. The Board will be monitoring this weather system and will make constant updates on this website to alert everyone on the status of the meeting and training scheduled for February 16, in Colonial Heights, Virginia. If you have questions please feel free, to contact any board member for assistance. As with all things we do, safety is first as well as being in place to take care of our families. Stay warm and safe! We will see you soon!

Staton Promoted to Chief Deputy of City of Salem Sheriff’s Office

Commonwealth Attorney Tom Bowers, Chief Deputy April Staton, Sheriff Ric Atkins, and Judge Charles Dorsey gather together after the ceremony.
Commonwealth Attorney Tom Bowers, Chief Deputy April Staton, Sheriff Ric Atkins, and Judge Charles Dorsey gather together after the ceremony.

April Staton was officially recognized as Salem’s new Chief Deputy Sheriff in a ceremony August 1 at the Salem’s courthouse.

Staton takes over for former Deputy Sheriff David Rorer, who retired earlier this summer.

Major Staton began her law enforcement career with the Salem Sheriff’s Office in January 2003. After completing just three years of service, she was awarded the distinction of Master Deputy Sheriff, a position recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia for excellence in performance, training, and service. In 2008, she continued her  rise in rank to the position of Sergeant, becoming the first female to achieve such distinction for the Sheriff’s Office.

 “I like to refer to Major Staton as being dynamic. You could use every synonym of that word to describe her,” said Salem City Sheriff Ric Atkins.  “her dedication, commitment, and loyalty to the citizens she serves, as well as her fellow appointees, are beyond compromise.”

“My appreciation of this promotion is truly inexplicable,” said Staton. “I expect that what I will be able to offer to this position is a common sense style of leadership, and efficiency… to have this position after years of hard work, and determination gives me a great sense of achievement.”

Staton was joined in the ceremony by her family including parents Dennis Staton and Valerie Lewis.  She has three younger siblings that she constantly tries to model hard work for – two brothers, Jarrod and Lucas, and a sister, Atlanta.

“I always tell my siblings to work hard and listen,” she said. “That is always what I have done to get to this new chapter in my career. I look forward to being Chief Deputy, and leading this Office alongside Sheriff Atkins.”

Photo and story courtesy of The Roanoke Times