Newport News Sheriff’s Office receives 2nd Award for Accreditation

On June 13, during a regularly scheduled City Council Meeting, the Newport News Sheriff’s Office was formally awarded the agency’s 2nd award as an accredited Sheriff’s Office. Presenting the award was VLEPSC Commissioner Sheriff Darrell Warren, Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office. Congratulations to Sheriff Morgan, the Newport News Sheriff’s Office and the community.

Galax Police Department Receives 5th Award as an Accredited Agency

On June 12, 2017, the Galax Police Department was formally presented with the agency’s 5th award as an accredited Police Department. DCJS Accreditation Program Manager Derrick Mays presented the award during a regularly scheduled City Council Meeting. Congratulations to Chief Rick Clark, the Galax Police Department and the City of Galax. Pictured from left to right Chief Rick Clark, Derrick Mays (DCJS) and Captain James Cox (Galax PD Accreditation Manager).


Town of Farmville Police Department Receives 1st Reaccreditation Award

On June 7, 2017, The Town of Farmville Police Department was formally presented the agency’s 1st Reaccreditation Award. Presenting the award during a town council meeting was DCJS Accreditation Program Manager Derrick Mays. Congratulations to Chief Ellington, the members of the Farmville Police Department, and the Community.

13 Agencies Receive Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission Accreditation!!!


The largest Commission meeting in the history of the program was held on May 11, 2017. VLEPSC held it’s quarterly meeting at the Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, VA. 13 agencies came before the commission, setting the record for the most agencies to be reaccredited or initially accredited in one meeting. All 13 agencies were successful. VELPSC would like to thank Chief Battle, Major Dillon and the Warrenton Police Department for being the grand hosts for this event. Pictured below; Lancaster Co. SO 3rd Award, City of Martinsville SO 3rd Award, the Town of Purcellville PD 3rd Award, Williamsburg-James City Co. SO 3rd Award, Fairfax Co. SO 3rd Award, the Town of Farmville PD 2nd Award, the City of Salem SO 4th Award, Fairfax Co. PD, 6th Award, the City of Hopewell PD 2nd Award, the City of Newport News SO 2nd Award, the City of Galax PD 5th Award (no photo available), the City of Chesapeake SO 3rd Award, and the  Richmond City SO Initial Award. Congratulations to all the accredited agencies!!!


VALEAC Treasurer now Lynchburg City Sheriff


Sheriff Don Sloan is a 1976 graduate of Central Linn High School in Halsey, Oregon.  He came to Lynchburg in January of 1978 to attend Liberty Baptist College. He began working with the campus safety department in October of 1979 and worked his way through the ranks to Chief of Police for Liberty University Police Department, serving as Chief from October 1997 through December 2001.  During his tenure with Liberty University Police Department, Don earned his Bachelor of Science and two Master’s degrees.  Don also met the love of his life, his wife Carla, at Liberty University, and they were married in July 1984. They have been married for 32 years and have one son, John-Wesley Sloan, who is a sophomore at Liberty University.  Don and his family are long time members of Thomas Road Baptist Church.

In January of 2002, Don accepted the appointed position of Chief Deputy Sheriff for the City of Lynchburg Sheriff’s Office with Sheriff Ron Gillispie.  Don has served the citizens of Lynchburg in this highest appointed position for the Lynchburg Sheriff’s Office for the past 15 plus years.

He was instrumental in overseeing and leading the sheriff’s office through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission Accreditation process, earning the office’s current State Accreditation beginning in November 2006, again in November 2010,and again in November 2014.

“As Sheriff of the City of Lynchburg, I will lead by example some of the finest men and women called to serve in Law Enforcement. I am a public servant of the people. Therefore, I am answerable to the people of Lynchburg as their Sheriff.”


Sheriff Sig


Winchester City Sheriff’s Office Achieves Initial Accreditation

On January 5, 2017 the Winchester City Sheriff’s Office came before VLEPSC to receive the agency’s Initial Award for Accreditation. Congratulations to the agency, the community and to the Accreditation Manager Major Al (Big Al) Sibert who also received Deputy of the Year for the Winchester City Sheriff’s Office!!!

IMG_1603 IMG_1604

Congratulations to Our Re-accredited Agencies!!!

On January 5, 2017 four agencies came before VLEPSC to be re-accredited. They are Montgomery Co. SO, 5th Award; Radford University PD, 5th Award; Loudoun Co. SO, 5th Award; and Colonial Heights PD, 2nd Award. Congratulations for a job well done!!




Colonial Heights 5

Congratulations to Chief Rick Arnold, the 2016 Commissioner’s Award Winner

Chief Arnold is a 39-year veteran of the Wytheville Police Department and has been involved in accreditation since 2000. He has served on many assessments and mocks as well as serving as Team Leader. He is a Master Assessor for the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. Prior to becoming Chief of Police, he was the Accreditation Manager for his agency. He has served on the Standards Review Committee since 2012. His agency obtained accredited status in 2002.  The department received its fourth award in May, 2014. He has never failed to answer the call when needed to step in as team member or team leader on short notice assessments. Chief Arnold is a VALEAC Conference Instructor. He has participated in 13 official on-sites, 6 of these as team leader. Chief Arnold truly displays the character and qualities that make him a very valuable asset to VLEPSC and VALEAC.