At a ceremony Oct. 30, the Henrico Division of Police promoted five of its members. Those promoted were:
• Sergeant R. J. Bordner, Sr., to the rank of lieutenant.
• Officer B. W. Beadles, to the rank of sergeant.
• Officer J. D. Butcher, to the rank of sergeant.
• Detective J. R. Howard, to the rank of sergeant.
• Detective S. B. Shapiro, Jr., to the rank of sergeant.
UPDATE: 3:42 P.M., OCT. 27 – A man was shot shortly after 1 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Byron Street and Jeter Street, near Mechanicsville Turnpike and Laburnum Avenue, in northern Henrico. Police responded to a call and found the man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to VCU Medical Center with a non-life threatening injury.
Detectives and Forensic Personnel are investigating the shooting, but police do not have information about a suspect.
Citizens soon will see an addition to the uniforms of Henrico County police officers, as body-mounted cameras will be issued to 400 officers in the county by Jan. 1, 2016.
Henrico Police officials began researching the cameras earlier this year, according to Henrico Police Lt. Chris Eley, and on Oct. 1 ordered 36 cameras for officers to test and determine which is the best match for the department’s needs.
“We’re just being progressive and wanted to get ahead of the curve,” Eley said about the division’s decision to implement cameras. “This will allow us to be more aware of our preconceived biases, how we talk and interact with people and [will] make us better public servants. We’re going to evaluate the system, work on our policy and usage and [on] what to expect from them.”
The Henrico County Police Division’s Special Enforcement Unit recently won first place in its categories at the Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC) in both the statewide and national competitions. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) hold this competition each year to recognize agencies having the best traffic safety programs in the commonwealth and in the nation.
In the statewide VACP LEC competition, Municipal Category 8 is composed of law enforcement agencies with between 451-700 officers. In the IACP LEC competition, the category in which Henrico officers competed is composed of agencies with 251 or more police officers.
Five Henrico Police officials recently were promoted to new positions, effective July 13.
Major Fred E. Bolling was appointed to the rank of lieutenant colonel and will command the Criminal Investigations and Special Services Bureau.
Major James B. Fitzgerald was appointed to the rank of lieutenant colonel and will command the Patrol and Animal Protection Bureau.
Two Henrico County police officers were among seven area first responders honored for heroism Oct. 5 at the Retail Merchants Association's 23rd Annual Valor Awards.
Held annually at the the Greater Richmond Convention Center, the event drew approximately 500 business leaders, law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS personnel and featured keynote speaker William “Bill” G. Haneke, an author and decorated veteran of the Vietnam War.
Henrico Police Chief Douglas A. Middleton earned the CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Police Chief of the Year award from CIT International last week at the annual CIT International Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. The Aug. 21 presentation was attended by more than 1,000 people from the United States and other countries.
CIT International is a non-profit membership organization whose primary purpose is to facilitate understanding, development and implementation of Crisis Intervention Team programs. They promote and support collaborative efforts to create and sustain more effective and safer interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illness, their families and communities.
The Henrico County Division of Police recently won first place for the seventh consecutive year in the 2011 Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Challenge Awards as the agency with the best traffic safety programs in its size statewide.
Henrico’s division included agencies with 451 to 700 officers. The division also won first place in the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s national competition among agencies with 501 to 1,000 officers – the first time it had won at the national level.
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