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The Prince William County Sheriff’s Office received their 5th VLEPSC award at their Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The PWSO was the 2nd agency to become accredited when VLEPSC first began accrediting law enforcement agencies in 1996. The office is led by Sheriff Glendell Hill who has been sheriff for 3 of the 5 awards. Lt. Kellie Meehan is the accreditation manager and she is assisted by 1st Sgt. Amanda Thompson.
Prince William Co. Sheriff’s Office – 5th award
City of Winchester Police Department – 2nd award
Prince George Co. PD – Initial award
Prince Edward Co. SO – Initial award
Franklin Co. SO – Initial award
The West Point Police Department was awarded accredited status by the Virginia Law En-forcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) at the West Point Town Council meeting held on October 29, 2013. Chief Emmett Harmon of the James City County PD (representing VLEPSC) and Mr. Gary Dillon of the Department of Criminal Justice Services presented the certificate which now proudly hangs in the front foyer of the police depart-ment. Also in attendance to show support of the department and this accomplishment were Sheriff Jeff Walton of King William, Sheriff Wakie Howard and Chief Deputy Joe McLaughlin of New Kent and Retired Chief Tom Clark.
Of the nearly 400 law enforcement agencies in Virginia, the West Point Police Department is one of only 89 agencies to become accredited. The Department also has the designation of being the smallest accredited police department in the Commonwealth.
The VLEPSC accreditation program is designed to measure and confirm compliance with the professional standards recognized as the best management practices of the law en-forcement community. In Virginia, law enforcement agencies can seek and achieve accredited status but they are not required to do so. This process is completely voluntary which further distinguishes the West Point Police Department for their commitment to professionalism and their willingness to be measured by and compared to the best in the profession.
The VALEAC Annual Conference was held during the week of October 14, 2013. The Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) met during this meeting to hear agencies for accredited/reaccredited status. During this meeting, Chairman Tim Longo stated:
“As you know, each year the Commission recognizes one of our many dedicated and professional volunteers who give their time and themselves to staffing the many VLEPSC assessments. They serve as assessors and team leaders to ensure the important business of State Accreditation is accomplished. The recipient, nominated by Mr. Dillon with concurrence of the Commission, follows many previous recipients of this award that has been awarded annually since 2002.
After the Commission’s careful consideration, it is my honor and privilege to announce that
Master Assessor, Lt. Bill England, Westmoreland Co. Sheriff’s Office, is the recipient of the 2013 Commissioner’s Award
Lt. England is a 25-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and currently serves as the Accreditation Manager for the Sheriff’s Office. He has served on many assessments and mocks as well as serving as Team Leader and serves as a Master Assessor for the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.”
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
JAMES CITY — At the end of the year, James City County’s first full-time officer is hanging up his uniform.
Police Chief Emmett Harmon, 57, has spent 38 years in law enforcement, 34 of them with James City, and he’s credited with bringing the small department a very long way. He could have retired seven years ago, but there were things he wanted to do.
“This is the way I would prefer to go out,” he said, reflecting on the things he has accomplished during his tenure and how well the police department runs today.
Harmon said he’d had the idea of joining the force since middle school. While most departments won’t hire until age 21, Harmon said he joined up during a brief window in which Suffolk was hiring younger.
From there he moved to Newport News and finally to James City, where he became its first officer.
“When I found out that they were forming a new police department in James City County, that was really where I wanted to do police work,” he said. “That was home for me.”
He said he worked patrol, SWAT, community services and countless other jobs within the department before being named chief in 2005.
Since then the department has grown from 75 officers to 93, added a marine patrol and a dive team and taken over working its own vehicle accidents because Harmon felt the department should handle them. He also oversaw moving the police department out of cramped quarters on Route 5 to a new building in Lightfoot.
“He’s been a very effective chief,” said County Administrator Robert Middaugh. ” I think he’s built a very strong department.”
James City Fire Chief Tal Luton said Harmon has been a close personal friend and the latest in a line of great police chiefs. He said Harmon has helped build a close working relationship between the departments that he hopes will continue.
Investigator William T. Gibbs has worked with Harmon 30 years and said he knows his chief wouldn’t ask anything of him that he wouldn’t do himself.
“He’s always been what I referred to as a police officers’ chief,” he said. “…Like a good commander he’s always looked after his troops.”
Middaugh said they will begin the process of finding Harmon’s successor in the next few weeks. Harmon’s last day will be Dec. 31.
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