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STATE OF THE DEPARTMENT
Chief Davis presented his State of the Department report to the Town Council on January 13, 2016. To read the report, click HERE
CITIZEN'S ACADEMY APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
The fourth session of the Farmville Police Department Citizen's Academy will begin in March 2016. Applications are now being accepted and may be downloaded here. Participants will receive an inside look at how our police department works and come away with a better understanding of police work in general. Academy sessions are held once a week for nine weeks and included topics such as hiring and training, patrol operations, special operations, forensics, dispatch, radar operation, courtroom preparation and testimony, and many others. If interested, print and fill out the application and return it to the Farmville Police Department by February 2, 2016.
CRIME PREVENTION TIP OF THE WEEK
Multiple area citizens have reported receiving phone calls from someone pretending to be from the IRS and demanding immediate payment of overdue/late taxes to avoid arrest. This payment is often required to be paid with a prepaid card such as GreenDot or MoneyPak card. According to an IRS alert published on their website, the IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will we call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 17th BEST
The Farmville Police Dept. has recently been notifed that Farmville's National Night Out program has been recognized as the 17th best in the country for like sized localities. We had another great National Night Out on August 4, 2015. Thanks to everyone that participated and helped to organize events in their respective neighborhoods. It was a great time of fellowship and community that truly helps to build lasting relationships between the police and the locality in which they serve. Their efforts have now received national recognition for five years in a row!
On December 15th and 16th, Farmville PD officers took nine area youths Christmas shopping as a part of Operation Blue Christmas. This program raises funds throughout the year to allow officers to take children shopping and spread some cheer for those that might not be as fortunate as the rest of us. Pizza Hut is a large contributor to this program as well as many individuals that wish to remain anonymous. This year, our local Taco Bell also chipped in and provided a free lunch for Blue Christmas shoppers and officers. We would like to thank everyone that helped to make this special event take place.
OFFICER SEAY GRADUATES POLICE ACADEMY
Congratulations to Farmville Police Department's newest officer! Officer Jordan Seay graduated from the 86th class of the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy on December 16, 2015. She will be returning to Farmville to complete 12 weeks of field training beginning December 21st.
OFFICERS RECEIVE VASAP AWARDS
Farmville Police Officer Shay Farley and Corporal Stewart Godsey were honored on December 9, 2015 at the regional Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP) DUI awards ceremony. Each year, VASAP recognizes law enforcement throughout the region that have excelled in keeping our highways safe, by locating and removing drivers who are under the influence from those roadways. Typically each agency has one officer recognized. This year, Farley and Godsey led the Farmville Police Department in enforcement with each making 14 DUI arrests and both were recognized for their efforts. Pictured here are (from left): Captain A. Q. Ellington, Officer Shay Farley; Cpl. Stewart Godsey; and Chief Curtis Davis.
2015 Halloween Parade
Kids young and old, had fun at this year's Downtown Halloween Parade on October 30th. Here McGruff the Crime Dog stops long enough to pose with a Trick-or-Treating "Police Officer."
Shown here are certified bike officers Bappert, Farley, and Entrekin with the department's two newest patrol bikes purchased with grant funds from Virginia's Office of the Attorney General.
OFFICERS READ AT DAYCARE CENTERS
As part of National Literacy Month, Farmville Police officers read to children at different preschool and childcare centers in town. Here, Officer Gary Williams reads to a group on September 16th at Little Feats Preschool.
HELP SAVE THE NEXT GIRL
The Town of Farmville Police Department is pleased to partner with the Longwood University Beta chapter of the Alpha Beta Psi sorority in organizing a local affiliate of Help Save the Next Girl. An information session was held at the Lankford Student Union on Longwood’s campus on September 24th to promote awareness and to gain support for the organization. For more information please contact Officer C. D. Booth at 392-9259.
CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECKS
On Saturday September 19th, Officers Christie Mouser and Gary Williams, along with Toby Allen of the Virginia Department of Health, conducted a child safety seat check in the Walmart shopping center. Officers were able to educate parents and guardians on the proper installation and use of child safety seats and answered many questions. If you have questions regarding the proper use of child restraints please call 392-9259.
ANONYMOUSLY REPORT INFORMATION ABOUT DRUG OR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY BY CALLING 434-392-DRUG (3784)
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RIDE ALONG PROGRAM
As part of our community policing initiative, the Farmville Police Department allows ride alongs with patrol officers. Interested persons must complete a ride along application and submit it with an original signature. You may obtain an application in person at the police department or you may download one here: Ride Along Application
STATE OF THE DEPARTMENT
Every year the Chief of Police issues a "State of the Department" report to the Town Council. To read the latest report, click HERE.