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2017-04-05 / Announcements

Chesterfield Police secures accreditation for best practices


From left: Richard Myers, chairman of CALEA’s Board of Commissioners and chief of the Newport News Police Department; Lora Brown, the Chesterfield County Police Department’s accreditation manager; and Col. Thierry Dupuis, chief of the Chesterfield County Police Department From left: Richard Myers, chairman of CALEA’s Board of Commissioners and chief of the Newport News Police Department; Lora Brown, the Chesterfield County Police Department’s accreditation manager; and Col. Thierry Dupuis, chief of the Chesterfield County Police Department The Chesterfield County Police Department has earned accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA). This accreditation award is the culmination of several years of self-evaluation by the department and the result of a rigorous review by a team of independent assessors and CALEA’s commissioners. In achieving this internationally recognized accreditation, the department developed comprehensive and uniform policies and demonstrated compliance with best practices in 189 CALEA standards, which include service delivery, crime prevention, personnel practices and more.


Liza Borches of Carter Myers Automotive cuts the ribbon during a March 22 grand opening ceremony for the company’s new Colonial Subaru dealership on Ruffin Mill Road. 
JAMES HASKINS Liza Borches of Carter Myers Automotive cuts the ribbon during a March 22 grand opening ceremony for the company’s new Colonial Subaru dealership on Ruffin Mill Road. JAMES HASKINS Government

Stephanie Brown, a senior contract officer in Chesterfield County’s Purchasing Department, was recently awarded 2017 Buyer of the Year by the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing. The award recognizes someone who excels in the following criteria: contributions to purchasing, contributions to professional development, contributions to their employer and contributions to VAGP, or the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.

The Chesterfield Senior Advocate’s Office is looking for community contributions as it prepares for Older Americans Month this May. The theme for the month is “Age Out Loud,” which is intended to reflect what today’s older adults have to say about aging. The Chesterfield Senior Advocate’s Office has organized an essay contest, “What does getting older look like today?” that is open to the community. Examples could include someone reinventing themselves for physical, social, mental and financial wellness, finding new inspiration in a second or third career, helping others, discovering new interests and pursuing dreams, learning and growing, serving others, etc. The deadline for submissions is April 14 and the winner will be recognized at the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 26.

In addition, nominations are being accepted through April 13 for the Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame, designed to recognize individuals in the county who have rendered unusual or outstanding volunteer service to the community after reaching age 60. Nomination forms are available through the Senior Advocate’s office, and all nominees will be recognized at a ceremony on May 16.

For more information, contact the office of the Chesterfield Senior Advocate at 768- 7878 or senioradvocate@chesterfield.gov.

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation is asking residents to help the department win $20,000 to improve one of its county parks in a nationwide contest, “Meet Me at the Park.”

During April, as part of the recognition for Earth Month and Earth Day on April 22, the National Recreation and Park Association is collaborating with The Walt Disney Co., including Disney Citizenship, Disney/ABC Television Group and ESPN, to revitalize parks across the U.S. for the third year. The parks and recreation department that receives the most nominations will receive a $20,000 grant to improve a local park.

From April 1-30, Chesterfield County residents can nominate the county for the grant, which could make substantial improvements to one of the county parks, by visiting meetmeatthepark.org. In addition, everyone who submits a nomination will be entered in a drawing for a tablet outfitted for the outdoors.

The Chesterfield County Fatherhood Initiative and the Department of Mental Health Support Services are offering a new program for fathers called “Father Matters.” This free program is open to all fathers, including expecting fathers and fathers of adult children. Topics discussed will include being a positive role model for your children, goals and barriers for success, adventures and challenges of parenting, child development and communication, relationships and co-parenting and legal issues.

The 13-week program begins Wednesday, April 12, and will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Community Development Building, 9800 Government Center Parkway. To graduate, participants are required to attend all 13 sessions. For more information or to register, contact Patricia Vaughan, 720-6724 or fatherssteppingup@hotmail.com, or Grace Bowen, 717-6741 or boweng@chesterfield.gov.

Schools

Three county middle schools have been recognized as national Schools to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.

The schools, Swift Creek Middle, Bailey Bridge Middle and Robious Middle were informed during surprise celebrations at the schools on Friday, March 31.

Schools to Watch is an initiative launched by the National Forum in 1999 to recognize schools across the country that meet the forum’s criteria for high performance. To achieve this level of performance, high-performing schools establish norms, structures and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence.

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