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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!
CRIME PREVENTION TIP OF THE WEEK
Many counterfeit bills have been showing up in the region lately. Pay close attention to the look and feel of any suspicious bills. Portraits and colors should be bright and crisp while true currency should have a linen instead of paper texture. Larger denominations have color shifting ink in specific locations and a clear security thread embedded vertically in the paper. The thread is inscribed with the denomination of the note and is visible only when held to light. You should also see red and blue fibers embedded within the note. A counterfeit bill may be passed several times before someone realizes it's a fake. Unfortunately, the person that figures it out, is the one who is out the value of the note.
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.
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
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.
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.