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EPD Earns Advanced Accreditation from CALEA

The Emporia Police Department earned it first advanced international accreditation certification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) following a panel interview by CALEA commissioners at CALEA’s conference in Frisco, Texas on March 24, 2018.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018 Emporia Police Chief Ricky Pinksaw and Lieutenant David Shidell appeared before a three-member panel of CALEA commissioners to answer questions about the Emporia Police Department’s recent January On-Site Assessment.  The commissioners reviewed the assessment report prepared in January by a two-member assessment team of law enforcement professionals from outside of Virginia, who reviewed department compliance with applicable standards, conducted ride-alongs with officers, interviewed citizens and conducted a public hearing.

The panel consisted of D. Ray Johnson, who is the Chief of Police for the City of Chesterfield, Missouri.  Mr. Douglas Middleton, Deputy County Manager of Public Safety for Henrico County Virginia an Ms. Julie Righter-Dove, Communications Coordinator for the Lincoln, Nebraska Emergency Communications Center. 

The 27-page assessment report, written by retired Chief Randy Nichols from North Carolina following his team’s visit concluded that the Emporia Police Department is a very professional law enforcement agency committed to providing a high level of law enforcement services to the community.

CALEA is a voluntary international program that demonstrates a department’s commitment to excellence, while serving its citizens and showing that the agency is meeting internationally established best practices for law enforcement agencies.

In a March 2018 letter congratulating the Emporia Police Department on its initial accreditation CALEA chairman Craig Webre and CALEA Executive Director W. Craig Hartley, Jr. stated that CALEA Accreditation is the mark of professional excellence and the gold standard in public safety.

In the agency’s quest for Advanced Accreditation, the Emporia Police Department is required to comply with the 484 standards as set forth by CALEA.  The agency is required o establish written directives for those standards, as well as providing proofs of compliance that the agency is in fact in compliance with standards.

In Virginia there are 340 law enforcement agencies.  Only 31 of these agencies are accredited with CALEA.  The Emporia Police Department is the 4th smallest law enforcement agency in Virginia with CALEA Advanced Accreditation status.  The Emporia Police Department entered into contract with CALEA in October 2015 and received CALEA Advanced Accreditation within 27 months.  I am extremely proud of the men and women of the Emporia Police Department for completing this monumental task within such a short period of time,” stated Chief Ricky Pinksaw.  Achieving CALEA Advanced Accreditation was a major goal of mine once I was appointed Chief of Police in January 2015.  “We had to re-write the entire General Orders Manual for the Department, as well as create and implement a new property and evidence room,” stated Chief Pinksaw.  Chief Pinksaw further stated that, “CALEA Advanced Accreditation is truly the gold standard in public safety and the Emporia Police Department will continue to strive to provide the highest quality service to the citizens and visitors of the City of Emporia.  It is important to remember that this is not the Emporia Police Department’s Accreditation, but this is the entire City of Emporia’s Advanced Accreditation.”  “It was truly an honor to represent the City of Emporia and accepting the Police Department’s Initial Advanced Accreditation Award Saturday night at the CALEA conference,” stated Chief Pinksaw

Emporia Police Department Seeks Advanced Accreditation

A team of assessors from the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive January 7, 2018 to examine all aspects of the Emporia Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services announced Chief Ricky A. Pinksaw.  These include areas such as:  Communications, traffic enforcement, investigations, critical incidents, property and evidence, and even internal human resources.

Verification by the assessment team that the Emporia Police Department meets the Commissioner’s state-of-the-art standard is part of a voluntary process for initial advanced accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.  This is the Emporia Police Department’s initial advanced accreditation.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday January 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  The session will be conducted in the City Council Chambers located at 201 South Main Street in Emporia.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone.  The public may call and speak with a CALEA assessor on Monday January 8, 2018 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. through 3:00 p.m.  The public may call (434) 532-3408 and your call will be answered by one of the CALEA assessors.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.  A copy of the standards is available at the Emporia Police Department at 310 Budd Street, Emporia.

The Accreditation Manager and contact is Lieutenant David Shidell at (434) 634-2121.  Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Emporia Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for advanced accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)  13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155; or e-mail the commission at www.calea.org and place the agency’s name in the subject line and make your comments.

The Emporia Police Department has to comply with 484 standards to achieve advanced accreditation, according to Chief Pinksaw.  By voluntarily submitting ourselves to the accreditation process, we are assuring the community and ourselves that we are providing police services while practicing best practices through CALEA’s international standards. 

Only a small percentage of all law enforcement agencies are CALEA accredited, so this step assures the community that our department and officers are providing the highest quality service to the citizens of Emporia.  Chief Pinksaw stated; “This is just not the Police Department’s accreditation, but it is the Community’s Accreditation.”  Also, Chief Pinksaw wanted to give recognition and thanks to three former police chiefs whose efforts have led the Emporia Police Department to this point: Chiefs Elmer Grizzard, the late Pete Daughtry and Bernard Richardson.

The Emporia Police Department Accreditation Manager, Lieutenant David Shidell, will serve as the liaison with the CALEA assessors and the Department while the assessment team is on location.  The team is comprised of two individuals who both have long careers in law enforcement including extensive knowledge of the accreditation process.  The assessment team will consist of:

Randy Nichols, Retired Chief of Police of the Pitt County Memorial Hospital Police Department, Greenville, North Carolina

Charles Groover, Lieutenant of the Covington Police Department, Covington, Georgia.

Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status at the next scheduled CALEA conference in March 2018 in Frisco, Texas.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 329 Gainesville, Virginia 20155; or call (703) 352-4225.  The commission can also be found on the internet at www.calea.org.

POLICE INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE ON TEMPLE AVENUE

At approximately 08:40 am on October 28, 2017 the Emporia Police Department received a call for service in the 600 block of Temple Avenue.  Upon arrival Officers observed an open window and made entry into the residence to locate an unresponsive victim with apparent trauma to his head.  The victim was identified as James W. Webb of 606 Temple Avenue Emporia, Virginia.  The Greensville County Rescue Squad responded to the scene and Mr. Webb was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the injuries he received from the unknown assailant(s).  In the course of the police investigation it was determined that the suspects took Mr. Webb’s 2015 Ford vehicle that was parked in the driveway at 606 Temple Avenue.  As a result of the missing vehicle the Emporia Police Department put out a nationwide broadcast for Mr. Webb’s vehicle being stolen.

The crime scene was processed by Lieutenant Jerry Wright, Sergeant Troy Hawkins of the Emporia Police Department and Special Agent Stuart Williams of the Virginia State Police.  Detectives identified, collected and packaged evidence from the crime scene and have been working on information and leads throughout Saturday. 

At approximately 8:30 pm Mr. Webb’s vehicle was located in Washington DC, with two male occupants.  The male occupants are in custody and detectives will be traveling to Washington, DC on October 29, 2017 to interview the two suspects in custody.  Police had received information throughout the day that the vehicle was in the Washington DC area and Metropolitan Police Officers eventually located it.

The Emporia Police Department offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of James Webb.  This tragic and senseless violence has no place in our society

If anyone has any information that can lead to the apprehension of the suspects involved in this crime are asked to call the Emporia Police Department at 434-634-2121 or the Crime Line at 434-634-1111.  

The Emporia Police need the public’s assistance in solving a robbery that occurred at local convenience store in the 500 Block of East Atlantic Street in the City of Emporia.

On 05/12/2016 at approximately 11:45pm, officers responded to the 500 block of East Atlantic St to a local convenience store in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation revealed that a black male entered the store and held the clerk at gunpoint and demanded money from the cash register.  The suspect then fired a shot at the clerk that missed the clerk and took an undisclosed amount of money prior to exiting the store.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’10”-6’00”, slender build with a medium complexion. The suspect was wearing a dark colored pullover hoodie, blue pants and black Nike slippers. The suspect fled the scene of the robbery driving a white Isuzu Rodeo.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Emporia Police Department at 434-634-2121 or Emporia/Greensville Crime Line at 434-634-1111. Information leading to the arrest of this individual could result in a cash reward.

Don't Fall For the IRS Scam

Remember that the IRS will never call you and demand payment, banking information or credit card information, nor will they ever threaten to "throw you in jail."

It’s tax time again and the IRS Scam Calls are very likely to increase. If you have been watching the news or surfing the internet you will likely have seen that this is an epidemic. Let me share with you as a Detective what I have found from the information I have been able to get from these complaints. The IRS Scammer (Caller) almost always has a very heavy foreign accent.  I’ve checked the telephone numbers and they are either unregistered magic jack numbers or they originate outside of the US. We do not have the resources at the Emporia Police Department to work an international case. I would suggest that you contact the Federal Trade Commission Complaint site online and it will allow you to leave an audio complaint and it will ask for certain specific information. If the FTC gets enough complaints it will be directed to the appropriate Federal  Law Enforcement Agency. There is also an excellent page at the FTC site that helps you identify Government Imposter Scammers. If you do not have the ability to file an online FTC complaint, I will be glad to help you file a FTC Scammer complaint online when I have free time. Just call EPD Dispatch and leave your name and Telephone number if I’m not available.  I’ll get back with you as soon as I can. Please keep the telephone number and the names and government agencies that the scammers use. Please keep good notes. If you can, record the scammer and what they are trying to get you to do. If you have the ability to file the complaint with the FTC please do. Below are links with further information.

Here’s the Federal Trade Commission Complaint assistant link - https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/Information#crnt&panel1-1

Here’s how to “Recognize a Government Imposter” and Five Ways to Beat them! - http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0048-government-imposter-scams

Can you spot a Government Imposter?  -http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/can-you-spot-government-imposter

For further information or if you feel you have fallen victim to a scammer, call Det/Sgt Stan Allen # 136, Detective's Division / Narcotics Division, Emporia Police Department, 310 Budd Street, Emporia, Virginia, 23847.  Email:  sallen@emporiapolice.org or phone (434)-634-2121 Ext-6



 

 

 

EMPORIA POLICE DEPARTMENT’S CITIZEN'S POLICE ACADEMY PROGRAM

Are you interested in learning more about Law Enforcement? Are you interested in creating a spirit of  friendship and cooperation  between Law Enforcement and the citizens it serves? If your answer is YES, you may want to consider attending the Emporia Police Department's CITIZEN'S POLICE ACADEMY.

The Emporia Police Department's Citizen's Police  Academy  is a series of instructional courses presented by the Emporia Police Department to educate local citizens on the role of law enforcement in today's society.

The Emporia Police Department will begin it's next     Citizen's Police Academy on  April 3rd, 2014 .  Any citizen who is age 18 or older should contact the Emporia Police Department at 434-634-2121, (Ext-6), or email (sallen@emporiapolice.org). You can also fill out the short application on this form and take it to the Dispatch Window at the EPD. The citizen will then be advised of the application process and be considered for enrollment The following is a summary of the Citizen's Police Academy enrollment and curriculum.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of the Citizen's Academy,  the Police Department will make applications available.  Anyone interested can at any time call the Police Department or email me at (www.sallen@emporiapolice.org).  An application brochure will be provided for you. The first fifteen applicants accepted will be notified of the date when classes will start.  There will be no charge for the course. There will be certain requirements to attend. The following are the requirements:

 1.  Must be a legal resident, property owner or working in the City of Emporia.

 2.  18 years of age or older.

 3.  Have no Felony Record or Misdemeanor Record involving Moral Turpitude, or violent crimes.

 4.  Have a good driving record.

 5.  Present positive Identification, (Drivers License, ID card, Birth Certificate, etc.

Selection of qualified applicants will be on a first come first serve basis. (appendix 1)

Applications will be numbered as they are received. The first fifteen applicants that qualify will be selected to attend the CPA.  Each applicant accepted will be notified by letter and will be contacted by phone to determine their intention to attend.  This process will be repeated until fifteen applicants are accepted.  Applications who qualified but were not selected will be held until the next CPA and will be among those first accepted.


 

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