Williamsburg Police Chief Elected 2015-16 President of Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police

VACP Installs 2015-2016 Executive Board

Williamsburg Police Chief Dave Sloggie becomes 2015-2016 President;
Pulaski Police Chief Gary Roche completes 2014-2015 term as VACP President

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police on September 1st installed the 2015-2016 VACP Executive Board during the Valor Awards Banquet of the association's annual conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. The new board members are:

PRESIDENT - Chief David C. Sloggie, Williamsburg - Chief Sloggie has 39 years of experience with the Williamsburg Police Department, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology from Saint Leo College and a Master in Justice Administration from Golden Gate University. He is a 1985 graduate of the FBI National Academy, a 1992 graduate of the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection School, and a 1996 graduate of the Police Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT - Chief Gary W. Roche, Pulaski - Chief Roche has been Chief of Police in Pulaski since 2001, and has a Master Degree in Administration of Justice. He is a graduate of the FBI Academy and the Professional Executive Leadership School. He has served as president of the Blue Ridge Association of Chiefs of Police, and currently serves on the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.

1ST VICE PRESIDENT - Colonel Thierry G. Dupuis, Chesterfield County - Colonel Dupuis was appointed the chief of police for the Chesterfield County Police Department in 2007. Colonel Dupuis has served within all major divisions within the department. He is the 7th chief in the department's history and the first to have held all ranks within the department including officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major and lieutenant colonel. Colonel Dupuis holds an associate degree in applied science from John Tyler Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master degree in business administration from Averett College. Chief Dupuis chairs the VACP Legislative Committee.

2ND VICE PRESIDENT - Chief Christopher C. Perkins, Roanoke City - Chief Perkins has served as Roanoke Chief of Police since 2010, and has been with the department since 1992. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Arts from Hollins University. Chief Perkins is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Research Forum, and has received numerous awards for his law enforcement training skills.

3RD VICE PRESIDENT - Chief Kelvin L. Wright, Chesapeake - Chief Wright was appointed the Chesapeake police chief in 2008, and has been a champion for change in the agency and for crime reduction in the community. Chief Wright has a Bachelor's of Science Degree, Cum Laude, in Sociology from Saint Leo University; a Master in Public Administration from Troy University and is pursuing a PhD in Public Administration and Urban Policy from Old Dominion University. He is active in developing leadership education programs for the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation.

Chief Douglas A. Goodman, Ashland - Chief Goodman was appointed Ashland police chief in 2008, where he has worked to enhance officer productivity and effectiveness. Under his watch, his agency has increased civic engagement, reduced traffic accidents by 42% over a seven-year period and reduced overall crime by 8.3% since 2007. The work of the agency has been recognized by the Virginia Municipal League, Virginia Neighborhood Coalition and continues to represent well int the annual Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge program. The Ashland Police Department became CALEA accredited in 2008 and remains the smallest police department in the Commonwealth to hold that designation. Chief Goodman holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech and a Master in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation. (2015-2019 term)

Chief Stephen L. Sellers, Albemarle County - Chief Sellers was appointed Albemarle County Chief of Police in 2011, after serving from 1997-2011 in progressive positions with the Fairfax County Police Department and rising to the rank of Deputy Chief. He has a Master Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from National Louis University. Chief Sellers graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2000, and is a member of the Virginia Highway Safety Committee. (2013-2017 term)

Chief A. J. Panebianco, Middleburg - Chief Panebianco has been the police chief in Middleburg since April, 2012. He previously served as Chief of Police in Louisa, Warsaw and Buena Vista. Chief Panebianco has a Bachelor of Science in the Administration of Justice from Bluefield College, and is a graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond. He currently serves on the Awards Committee, Budget & Finance Committee member, and Professional Image & Ethics Committee of the VACP. (2014-2018 term)

Chief DeWitt Cooper, Tazewell - Chief Cooper began his career working for the Hanover County Sheriff's Office. He next joined the Warsaw Police Department, where he was appointed Chief in 2002. He was appointed Tazewell Police Chief in 2012. Chief Cooper has attended the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation New Chiefs School, and currently serves on the VACP Legislative Committee. He has an Associate's degree from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. (2014-2018 term)

Chief Howard Hall, Roanoke County - Chief Hall was appointed to lead the Roanoke County Police Department in August 2012 after 25 years of service with the Baltimore County Police Department. He joined the Baltimore County Police in 1986 upon graduation from the University of Maryland, where he received a B.A. in Government and Politics. Chief Hall spent 20 years with the BCPD as a commander and gained experience in the areas of patrol, traffic, special operations, training, administration, accreditation compliance, and human resources. In addition to receiving a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore in 1995, Hall attended the F.B.I National Academy and holds a Graduate Certificate in Police Administration. Hall is also a certified instructor and nationally recognized expert in data-driven policing - where data and analysis are used to guide police operations and solve issues. He is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and serves on the organization's Highway Safety Committee. Hall also serves on the Virginia Highway Safety Committee. (2015-2019 term)

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is a statewide organization of federal, state and local police chiefs and law enforcement executives dedicated to improving the professionalism of police agencies in Virginia. The Association was founded in 1926 and has more than 600 members. The Association provides annual training programs for law enforcement executives, directs a statewide traffic safety program for law enforcement, produces Freedom of Information Act guidelines for law enforcement and lobbies for law enforcement interests at the state and federal level. The Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation is a charitable educational foundation created by the VACP to provide training and education programs for law enforcement.


Contact: Ms. Dana Schrad, Executive Director - 804-338-9512 (mobile), dana@vachiefs.org

Photo Caption:

Front Row - Immediate Past President Chief Gary Roche (Pulaski); Third VP Chief Kelvin Wright (Chesapeake); President Chief Dave Sloggie (Williamsburg); First VP Chief Thierry Dupuis (Chesterfield County); Second VP Chief Chris Perkins (Roanoke).

Back Row - At-Large Executive Board Members Chief DeWitt Cooper (Tazewell), Chief Doug Goodman (Ashland), Chief Howard Hall (Roanoke County), Chief Steve Sellers (Albemarle County) & Chief A.J. Panebianco (Middleburg).

Photo Credit: Erin Schrad, VACP

Additional photos available at http://photos.vachiefs.org/VACP-Conferences/2015-VACP-Annual-Conference/Awards-Banquet/i-WjH6VxP

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