At the March 1st Town Council Work Session, Police Chief Andy Ellington announced that the Farmville Police Department has been re-accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. The FPD was initially accredited in 2013 and just completed its four year assessment this week, resulting in re-accreditation. Along with the announcement, Chief Ellington presented the 2016 State of the Department Annual Report.
Highlights from the report include:
Fleet improvements: added 6 vehicles to improve visibility of patrol fleet
Taser upgrades: to increase safety and reduce risk and liability to officers and the Town
Bike Patrol: introduced and increased use of this diversified method of patrol operations
National Night Out Award: received a national award for participation in the National Night Out campaign, ranking 18th among jurisdictions with a population of 5,000 to 15,000.
Advanced Citizens Academy: graduated first ever ACA, a follow up to the basic police academy
Prescription Drug Take Back: collected 110 pounds of unused, expired or otherwise unwanted prescription medication in 2016.
Decrease in Crimes: Both violent crimes and property crimes decreased from 2015 to 2016.