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ANONYMOUSLY REPORT CRIMINAL/DRUG ACTIVITY
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HEARTLAND HEROES TROPHY RETURNS TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT
(above - Laura Dooley of the American Red Cross returns the Heartland Heroes Trophy to Chief Curtis Davis)
The Farmville Police Department, in conjuction with the Farmville Fire Department and the American Red Cross, were able to collect 69 units of blood during the Heartland Heroes Blood Drive on April 3rd. The police department recruited the most donors, thus returning the Heartland Heroes Trophy to the police department after a one year hiatus. Since one unit can potentially be used by three different people, these 69 units have the ability to save 209 lives. Thanks to the John's Memorial Episcopal Church for the use of their Parish House to hold the drive, the Farmville Women's Club who operated the canteen, and a special thank you to all of the blood donors. Pictured here are McGruff The Crime Dog, as he recruits donors, and Laura Dooley of the American Red Cross
FARLEY NAMED 2014 OFFICER OF THE YEAR
Officer Shay Farley has been named the Farmville Police Department's 2014 Officer Of The Year. Farley is a midnight shift patrol officer and is active with the bike patrol. He has received citizen praise for his community policing activities, and also serves as a department Field Training Officer. Officers are nominated by his/her peers. The Command Staff then evaluates those nominations, with the Chief of Police making the final determination. Please congratulate Officer Farley when you see him.
Farley was recognized at the department's annual awards banquet, held March 18th, a little later this year due to the inclement weather in February. Fourteen other officers were also recognized for their accomplishments last year. Please see our media release for more information about Farley and the other officers commended.
NEW CHIEF OF POLICE SWORN IN
Curtis L. Davis, Jr. has been named by the Town Council as the new Chief of Police for the Farmville Police Department. Davis is a 26 year veteran of the Roanoke, Virginia Police Department, most recently serving as the Deputy Chief. Davis was sworn in during a special ceremony in the Town Council Chambers at the Farmville Municipal Building at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015. Davis was accompanied by his wife and family. (Above - Prince Edward Circuit Court Clerk Machelle Eppes administers the oath of office.) Davis officially began his duties as Farmville's Chief of Police on Monday, March 16th.
Newly sworn in Chief of Police Curtis Davis (left) is congratulated by Town Manager Gerry Spates.
RECENT PROMOTIONS ANNOUNCED
The Farmville Police Department recently completed a series of promotional processes and transfers. As a result, the following officers have been promoted to new ranks. From left to right: Detective David Ragland has been promoted to Patrol Sergeant and is now assigned to “D Squad” on the night shift. Sergeant Johnny Garrett was promoted to Patrol Lieutenant and will be responsible for the overall supervision of all patrol shifts. Corporal Albert Bappert has transferred from the Patrol Division to Special Operations as a new Detective. Officer Stewart Godsey has been promoted to Corporal and will also be assigned to “D Squad” night shift.
Chief Mooney Retires
Chief Doug Mooney retired from the Farmville Police Department on January 5, 2015 as he completed five years as the department's head. In November, 2014 Mooney made the surprise announcement that he would be stepping down in January. We thank Chief Mooney for his service to the Farmville Police Department and are proud of the accomplishments made under his leadership. We wish him the best in his retirement.
Captain A. Q. Ellington was appointed Acting Chief until a permanent successor, Chief Davis, was named and sworn in.
FARMVILLE OFFICERS HELP VFW
Detective Sammy Entrekin, Lt. Bill Hogan, and Officer Eric Ellington participated in a bowl-a-thon on August 10, 2014 to help raise money for Farmville's local VFW chapter. The VFW will use the proceeds from this fundraiser to assist veterans in need, mostly those in Veteran's Administration hospitals or other healthcare facilites.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT HELD ON AUGUST 5TH
Town of Farmville residents celebrated the fight against crime on August 5, 2014 by hosting mulitple neighborhood block parties that brought neighbors, communities, and the police department together. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug-prevention awareness, develop and strengthen partnerships between police and residents, and generate support for anti-crime programs such as Neighborhood Watch, Crime Solvers, and Business Watch. Thanks to all the citizens that coordinated their specific nieghborhood events and to their neighbors for participating. We also appreciate the members of the Farmville Fire Department that came out and supported National Night Out.
2nd Citizen's Police Academy Graduates
Farmville's second Citizen's Police Academy graduated on Thursday May 1, 2014. Students received an inside look at how our police department works and came away with a better understanding of police work in general. Academy sessions were held once a week for nine weeks and included topics such as hiring and training, patrol operations, special operations, forensics, dispatch, radar, court room preparation and testimony, and many others. Most students also completed at least one ride-along with a police officer while they worked a shift. Pictured above are (from L to right - back row): Sgt. C. W. Moss, Clyde Garrett, John Butler, Robert Glenn, Chris Dalton, Chris Mason, Andrew Fehrle, and Richard Erickson. (Front row, L-R) Grace Moss, Katherine Vaughan, Harley Lee, Jennifer Halladay, and Margaret Atkins. Not pictured are Sam Bowles and Bobby Riddle.
FARMVILLE POLICE DEPT. NOW ACCREDITED!
The Farmville Police Dept. received its initial accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professsional Standards Commission on March 27, 2013. Accreditation demonstrates to Farmville citizens, as well as to visitors, that their police department is providing the best services possible, in an efficient manner, while also being good stewards of public money. Only 25% of Virginia's law enforcement agencies are accredited. This is a significant achievement for the police department as well as for the Farmville community as a whole. Pictured above is VLEPSC Program Manager Gary Dillon presenting the accreditation certificate to Chief Mooney during the March 27th Town Council Meeting. In the background are a number of Farmville PD officers, Town Manager Gerry Spates, and the Council Members.
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.