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CAN YOU IDENTIFY THIS SUSPECT?
This suspect forced entry into a business in the 900 block of East Third St. Wednesday, July 20th, at approximately 11:30 p.m. If you can help identify this person, please contact the Farmville Police Dept. at 434-392-3332 or Sgt. C. W. Moss at 434-392-2109.
The Town of Farmville is seeking potential candidates for the position of Police Officer. The Town is currently seeking to pool applicants for current and future openings. Applicants may be either certified as a law enforcement officer through the Department of Criminal Justice Services or seeking a certification as a new law enforcement officer. Applicants must be 21 years of age, possess a valid Virginia driver’s license, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent and have no felony or recent misdemeanor convictions. All applicant must meet the requirements of section 15.2-1705 of the code of Virginia for the minimum qualification required of the position. Successful applicants will undergo a panel interview; pass a background investigation, substance abuse screening, psychological testing and physical examination.
The Town of Farmville is a progressive community centered in the heart of Virginia and home to Longwood University. The Farmville Police Department is an Accredited Agency through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. The town offers a competitive salary, a 401k retirement plan with a generous match and five year vesting, free health care for the employee and competitive rates for family. The town provides uniforms and equipment. A take-home car program is available for qualified employees.
Only Town of Farmville applications will be accepted and they can be obtained from the town web page (http://farmvilleva.com/) under employment opportunities or the Farmville Police Department. All applications must be received in hardcopy by mail or hand delivery. Electronically submitted applications will not be accepted. Deadline for applications will be September 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Previous applicants with-in the past six months will not be considered.
The Town of Farmville is an equal opportunity employer.
2016 National Night Out
Neighborhoods across Farmville came out for our 7th annual National Night Out on August 2nd. As always, there was plenty of good food, fellowship, and opportunities for the citizen's to interact with the police, ask questions, and voice any concerns they may have about crime or other issues in their neighborhoods.
ELLINGTON NAMED ACTING CHIEF OF POLICE
Captain Andy "A.Q." Ellington has been named Acting Chief of Police by the Farmville Town Council pending the announcement of a permanent replacement for former Chief Curtis Davis, Jr. Davis resigned in July to take a non law enforcement position after serving as Chief for sixteen months. Ellington began his carreer with the Farmville Police Department 29 years ago as a dispatcher. He was eventually hired as a police officer and has risen through the ranks to his current position. Ellington also served as Acting Chief following the retirement of Chief Doug Mooney at the end of 2014.
CRIME PREVENTION TIP OF THE MONTH
The electronic game "Pokèmon Go" has become quite the national trend and the Town of Farmville is also seeing its share of users. Unfortunately, some people have been injured while paying more attention to their electronic devices than their surroundings and have even become victims of robberies and assaults. While no injuries or serious crimes have been reported locally, there have been publicized instances of persons walking out in front of traffic and even falling off cliffs while trying to "capture" game characters. Players should also recognize private property rights and remember that playing a game does not excuse trespassing or property damage and criminal charges could be applicable.
Driving Safety Tips
In order to keep you and your loved ones safe while traveling, the Farmville Police Department has put together a list of tips to try to help you stay safe on the road. Click here to see them.
National Police Week
Since 1962, the week of May 15th has been designated as National Police Week in memory of the fallen law enforcement officers across the country who gave their lives for their communities. Twenty Five years ago, in 1991, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was dedicated to those officers in Washinton D. C. Since then, over 20,000 names have been etched into its granite walls, including the names of 123 officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2015. In addition to a time of remembrance, National Police Week has also become a time when citizens express their appreciation for their living community caretakers with food, presents, prayers, and other acts of kindness, both large and small. The Farmville Police Department wishes to thank everyone that has remembered us this week!
110 Lbs. Collected During Drug Take Back
Officers from the Farmville Police Depatment and Longwood University Police Department collected 110 Lbs. of unused, expired, or othewise unwanted prescription medication during the latest Drug Take Back Event held on April 30th. Officers were assisted by members of the Medical Reserve Corps who also handed out flyers on the safe handling of medication and Zika Virus awareness. Pictured here is Officer Gary Williams (2nd from right) along with Longwood Officer G. Hardy (far right) and two members of the Medical Reserve Corps.
OFFICERS PARTICIPATE IN 5K
Officers from the Farmville Police Department participated in a 5k race hosted by Alpha Beta Psi Sorority at Longwood University on April 27th. The race was in honor of Denim Day, a sexual violence awareness and prevention campaign. Pictured Left to right is Officer Chris Hudson, Officer R. A. Cox, Chief Curtis Davis and Detective A. Bappert.
WILLIAMS NAMED OFFICER OF THE YEAR
Officer Gary Williams has been named the Farmville Police Department's Officer of the Year! Williams joined the Farmville PD in 2012 after a 27 year career with the Virginia State Police. Since joining our department, he has received high praise for his professionalism and work ethic. He excels in tracking down wanted persons and contributes to many of our Community Policing initiatives. In 2015 he participated in various child safety seat installations, spent time reading to children at daycare centers, attended multiple community events and worked on many problem solving initiatives for the betterment of the community. Along with Officer Christy Booth, he also worked to help establish a "Help Save the Next Girl" chapter at Longwood University and reinvigorated our Police Explorers Program. Congratulations to Officer Williams.
CAPT. ELLINGTON GRADUATES FROM PELS
On March 17, 2016, Deputy Chief Andy Ellington of the Farmville Police Department Graduated with the 38th session of the Professional Executive Leadership School (PELS). PELS is a highly sought, intensive three-week leadership education program for law enforcement conducted in cooperation with the University of Richmond. This program is designed for individuals who currently serve in command/executive level positions within their agency. The objective of this program is to acquaint participants with best practices in leadership while challenging them to reflect upon their own leadership competency and examine ways of achieving both personal and professional growth. Deputy Chief Ellington becomes the third graduate of this program actively serving at the F.P.D. The Department is proud of his success in this program.
OFFICER READS FOR DR. SUESS' BIRTHDAY
On March 2nd, Lt. Bill Hogan helped Fuqua School celebrate the birthday of Dr. Suess by reading Green Eggs and Ham to two classes. Here, Hogan is pictured with students from Ms. Smith's preschool class.
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.