The Division of Capitol Police received their second accreditation award on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in a special ceremony in the Old House Chamber at the Capitol.
ISLE OF WIGHT—Mark Marshall said that when he was campaigning to become the next sheriff of Isle of Wight County, part of his pledge was to bring the county office to full accreditation.
He recently returned from Martinsville with a certificate in hand — a first for the department.
Marshall added that the accreditation — A++ — is valid for four years.
“Now we just have to keep it,” he said with a wide smile.
But the sheriff is not worried. For one, he’s got office/accreditation manager Jimmie Minton to keep everyone on track. Then there’s the able-bodied staff that upholds the laws of the land, and they’ve evidently been doing so to the satisfaction of the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.
Criteria for how Virginia law enforcement agencies should act in almost any case were established in the 1990s.
“Accreditation requires you to constantly keep up with these standards,” said Marshall, adding that there are 190 that can range from handling domestic abuse cases to hiring people.
“It’s everything — even how we collect, store and dispose of evidence,” he also said.
Writing reports is not enough to earn the recognition. Any law enforcement agency in Virginia that seeks that certificate has to prove training has been done, understood and followed.
Assessors from outside a department arrive to inspect and ensure. Such people came in March and spent a couple of days in Isle of Wight.
Though at one time insurance premiums were an incentive to earn accreditation, that’s apparently no longer available.
But another and more lasting benefit of following higher standards comes from improvements in service. For example, pursuits on the roads. If an incident seems to warrant chasing a suspect, a deputy must immediately report to the office of what’s going on and tell a supervisor. Questions to consider include why the pursuit is happening, what’s the speed and how are the road conditions. If anything could put people in an unsafe situation, there’s no justification or risk of a high-speed chase.
“It’s real introspective work and you make the changes if you believe in these tenets,” said Marshall.
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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office has received its third accreditation award from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.
The accreditation program, administered through the state’s Department of Criminal Justice Services, requires law enforcement agencies to meet hundreds of stringent standards in areas such as report writing and collection and storage of evidence to gain accreditation.
Maj. Scott Proctor said the accreditation is a source of pride for the Sheriff’s Office and an asset for the county residents.
“What this does for the public, it increases the effectiveness of our delivery of services and ensures proper training,” Proctor said. “One of the biggest benefits we see is it instills a culture of professionalism and accountability, and we believe that will be ongoing.”
Proctor said the law enforcement professional standards commission voted unanimously for the accreditation on May 15. The commission is made up of police chiefs and sheriffs from throughout the state. The Sheriff’s Office must earn a new accreditation award every four years. Shenandoah County received its first accreditation in 2006.
Proctor said an assessment team made up of law enforcement professionals from around Virginia inspected files and reviewed activities, equipment and facilities as part of a three-day accreditation assessment.
“Overall, it promotes public confidence in law enforcement as a whole,” Proctor said of the accreditation. “In our case, and any other accredited agency will tell you this, it holds deputies and staff and the agency to a higher standard.”
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The Commission met on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. The following accreditation certificates were awarded:
Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office – 4th award
Radford Police Department – 4th award
Division of Capitol Police – 2nd award
Colonial Beach Police Department – 2nd award
Division of State Parks – 2nd award
Arlington Co. Sheriff’s Office – 5th award
Isle of Wight Co. Sheriff’s Office – Initial award
Shenandoah Co. Sheriff’s Office – 3rd award
Washington Co. Sheriff’s Office – 3rd award
The Town of Quantico Police Department received a grant of $490 from the Virginia Municipal League Insurance Programs to assist the agency in application and self assessment costs.
Each year VMLIP provides Risk Management Grant funding to members for the purchase of vital equipment and training to strengthen risk management programs.
Grants can be used to purchase safety equipment, attend training sessions, and to use for educational endeavors aimed at broadening member understanding of governmental risk management.
Members are eligible for grant funding based on their Risk Management Guideline Tier and lines of coverage. Members who participate in all coverage lines are eligible for the greatest benefit. Grant funds are available on a first come first serve basis.
Deputies in Virginia Beach will debut a solid, navy blue uniform at shift change Monday morning. No dark brown stripe down the side of the leg and, perhaps most importantly, no stifling material that was the law for decades.
“It’s a more breathable material. They’re excited about the change in that regard,” said Ashley Lanteigne, spokeswoman for the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office.
The move to blue comes after uniform suppliers reduced inventory of the brown material, pumping up the expense for sheriff’s offices. The change in colors will save Virginia Beach’s office about $61,000 a year, Lanteigne said.
Now, the color change is also legal.
In 2005, the Virginia General Assembly voted to throw out a 1980s law dictating that deputies wear dark brown shirts and taupe pants. Sheriff’s offices across the state can now pick any color they wish to don.
On Monday, a ceremony will take place at 6:15 a.m., and Sheriff Ken Stolle will speak before the night shift deputies make their last exit in the soon-to-be retired uniforms.
Story courtesy of the Pilot Online