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Danville Sheriff’s office earns re-accreditation

Danville Sheriff’s Office has been re-accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. From left are Deputy Crystal Conard; Lt. Col. Steve Salmon; Sheriff Mike Mondul; Cpl. Cathy Clark, accreditation manager; and Gary Dillon, Department of Criminal Justice Services accreditation program manager.

Danville Sheriff’s Office has been re-accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. From left are Deputy Crystal Conard; Lt. Col. Steve Salmon; Sheriff Mike Mondul; Cpl. Cathy Clark, accreditation manager; and Gary Dillon, Department of Criminal Justice Services accreditation program manager.

DANVILLE  — Danville Sheriff’s Office recently earned re-accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission in Richmond.

A special panel comprised of nine Virginia chiefs of police and sheriffs voted unanimously to approve Danville’s second accreditation.

The sheriff’s office first received accreditation was in 2006 and was re-accredited in 2010.

The panel reviewed a report compiled by a three-member assessment team, which completed a thorough on-site assessment of the sheriff’s office in November.

The assessment team included law enforcement professionals from Wytheville Police Department, Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, and Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

During the visit, the assessment team reviewed the 190 standards necessary to maintain accreditation.

“The men and women of the Danville Sheriff s Office should be commended for their commitment to excellence and professionalism,” said Sheriff Mike Mondul. “This process is a team effort which involves multiple layers of the sheriff’s office.

“While every deputy and staff member had an integral role in this achievement, special recognition needs to be bestowed upon Cpl. Cathy Clark and Deputy Crystal Conard for their efforts in coordinating the on-site assessment, and preserving the integrity of the necessary documentation for the past four years, Mondul said.

Story courtest of the Star-Tribune

Patrick Co. Sheriff’s Office Awarded State Accreditation

accreditation press release photoThe Patrick County Sheriff’s Office recently earned accreditation through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC). Sheriff Dan Smith was presented the certificate of accreditation on October 23rd at the annual VLEPSC conference. Sheriff Smith said that the process to attain accreditation is an extremely difficult one, with much attention paid to policy detail and thoroughness. Smith said his agency has been involved in the process for a number years and that it took a commitment from everyone in the office to earn the accreditation. “Less than 25 percent of all law enforcement agencies are accredited. This puts us in an elite group of law enforcement professionals. This should be considered a milestone achievement for this agency and this county,” the sheriff said. The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office became the 92nd agency out of nearly 400 agencies statewide to become accredited.

The sheriff said that accreditation has many advantages. It increases the law enforcement agency’s ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the community it serves. Accreditation enhances community understanding of the agency and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives. As a result, citizen confidence and trust in the agency is enhanced. Accreditation commits the agency to a broad range of programs that directly benefit the public. It creates the framework for which police and citizens work together to control and prevent crime. This partnership helps citizens understand the challenges that confront law enforcement. The agency will, in turn, receive clear direction from the community about their expectations. Smith stated that operational, management, personnel and training policies are modeled in such a way to provide an armored shell of liability protection for the county, which is probably the greatest benefit.

Sheriff Smith and Major Garry Brown used the VLEPSC standards as a guide for writing the office’s policies. The sheriff said, “Every agency is unique, so we were able to conform the construction of policies to fit the needs of our agency and our constituency.” Smith said accreditation requires that 728 standards are complied with. A team of VLEPSC assessors toured the sheriff’s office for several days in mid-August and examined records and proofs of standard compliance in which the sheriff’s office ultimately passed with high marks. The sheriff stated, “The citizens we serve deserve the highest possible level of services and professionalism from us, and accreditation is the benchmark for which that is measured.” The cost of the process was minimal and the money used came from asset forfeiture funds resulting from drug arrests.

Administrative Staff Specialist Amy Shelor and Captain Ward Stone are the office’s accreditation managers. 911 Operator Felicia Beasley assisted with the clerical and organizational aspect of the process. Smith said, “I am proud of our employees and what they have been able to accomplish. I have never been more honored to serve this county and to be a part of this agency.”


Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office Achieves Fourth State Reaccreditation

Pictured (left-to-right): Investigator Karen R. Godfrey, Sheriff Charles E. Jett (VLEPSC Commissioner), Mr. Sean Davis (Hanover BOS Chairman), Colonel David R. Hines (Sheriff of Hanover County), and Lieutenant Chris R. Whitley.   Photo courtesy of Mr. Tom Harris, Hanover County PIO

Pictured (left-to-right): Investigator Karen R. Godfrey, Sheriff Charles E. Jett (VLEPSC Commissioner),
Mr. Sean Davis (Hanover BOS Chairman), Colonel David R. Hines (Sheriff of Hanover County), and Lieutenant Chris R. Whitley.
Photo courtesy of Mr. Tom Harris, Hanover County PIO

HANOVER, Va. – The Sheriff’s Office has achieved its fourth consecutive state reaccreditation through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC).  Colonel David R. Hines, sheriff, was recently presented with his reaccreditation certificate at the Hanover County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, August 27, by Sheriff Charles E. Jett of Stafford County, who also serves as a VLEPSC commissioner.

“Our continued success in achieving reaccreditation through VLEPSC is a testament the dedication and professionalism of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office.  It is also made possible by the tremendous support of the community we serve, as well as the strong partnerships that we have established over many years.  By receiving this award, our community can be reassured that their Sheriff’s Office upholds the highest of standards in their service to them,” said Colonel David R. Hines, sheriff.

The Sheriff’s Office had their on-site assessment on January 27-29, and was found in full compliance with 187 applicable standards.  The Sheriff’s Office first achieved state accreditation in 1998 and is the only Sheriff’s Office in Virginia to be dually accredited through VLEPSC and Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  Participating in both processes is voluntary.

The lead assessor, Captain James E. Richardson of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, stated “the assessmentteamwasimpressedwiththeHanoverCountySheriff’sOfficeandthe professionalism of both its sworn and nonsworn members. This agency clearly demonstrates a high level of commitment and dedication to law enforcemenand the needs of the citizens they protect

and serve.”

To achieve reaccreditation, the Sheriff’s must undergo a rigorous on-site inspection every four years by multiple specially trained, independent assessors, who examine all areas of the agency to ensure compliance with all applicable professional standards set forth by the commission.  This requires the agency to maintain their accreditation files on an on-going basis and provide annual proofs of compliance.

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



Brunswick Sheriff Brian Roberts to lead VLEPSC


Sheriff Brian Roberts presents a plaque to Chief Longo recognizing his term as Chairman of VLEPSC

The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) make up the VLEPSC. Commissioners consisting of active Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police establish professional standards and administer the accreditation process by which Virginia agencies can be systematically measured, evaluated, and updated. DCJS manages the day-to-day operations for the Commission.

The Commission’s goals include the following: To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth through the delivery of services; To promote cooperation among all components in the criminal justice system; To ensure the appropriate level of training for law enforcement personnel; To promote public confidence in law enforcement; and To promote the professionalism of law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

On May 15, 2014, Sheriff Brian Roberts assumed the Chairmanship of the Commission from Chief Timothy J. Longo, Sr.

Chief Longo said, “The VLEPSC is the mechanism by which we ensure the highest standards of professionalism for Virginia Law enforcement. I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to have served as the Commission’s Chairman these past two years, and have the distinct honor of passing the torch to one who exemplifies professionalism, competence, and commitment, the Honorable Brian Roberts. Brian’s passion for excellence, his thoughtful approach to taking on tough and oftentimes unpopular issues, has made him a valuable part of the Commission and someone who I look forward to continuing to work with in an effort to make Virginia Law Enforcement the best that it can possibly be.”

Sheriff Roberts said, “I am quite honored and humbled to be selected by my peers to be the Chairman of the Virginia Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.  Chief Longo is one of the finest professionals I have ever met and did an excellent job leading this Commission over the past two years.  My intentions are to continue raising the bar of excellence as it relates to Law Enforcement Standards.  This program has meant so much to my Department and me personally and again, I am truly honored.”

Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office earns high marks


Isle of Wight County Sheriff Mark Marshall, left, and Capt. Joe Willard hold up the office’s Certificate of Accreditation. This is a first for the department, and Marshall intends to maintain the status. — STEPHEN H. COWLES | TIDEWATER NEWS

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.

Story courtesy of Tidewater News

Shenandoah Sheriff’s Office earns state reaccreditation

accredShenandoahSOBy Joe Beck

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.”

Story courtesy of NV Daily