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- This afternoon, members of the LCSO attended the
Loudoun Crime Commission meeting and learned about cyber security. The guest speaker Mark Grantz, Vice President at PNC Bank, talked about cyber security for your home and small business.

Here are a couple of suggestions that he provided to help protect your home network.

💻Change the default name and password of your home network.
💻Limit access to your wireless network.
💻Create a home guest network.
💻Turn on WiFi network encryption.
💻Turn on your router firewall.
💻Turn off your WiFi network when you leave home.
💻Update your router's firmware.
💻Disable remote access.

Please visit FTC.gov for more tips!
Retired DEA Special Agent Terry Cole, Assistant Regional Director for Mexico, briefed the Loudoun Crime Commission today in Ashburn concerning the current drug threat facing the United States. Mr. Cole detailed the drug organizations, their personal security forces, and the myriad of politics surrounding Mexico’s drug trade.

Pictured with Terry Cole and Sheriff Chapman are former DEA Special Agents Marty Pracht and Richie Fiano - who also served as LCSO’s Major in charge of Criminal
investigations.
Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman joined Leesburg Police Department, Leesburg VA Chief Greg Brown, Middleburg Police Department Department Chief AJ Panebianco, Purcellville Police Department Deputy Chief Dave Dailey, and Virginia State Police Captain J-P. N. Koushel for the 9th Annual Loudoun Crime Commission State of Law Enforcement in County Forum.

Sheriff Chapman highlighted the LCSO’s efforts to combat crime, including local, state and federal partnerships

He noted that Loudoun County saw a 32% decrease in the county’s crime rate between 2012 and 2018. This reduction in crime continues despite the continued growth of Loudoun, which saw over 66-thousand new residents during the same time period.

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reported the lowest crime rate in Northern Virginia according to the 2019 Annual Report on Crime and Crime Control released by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG).

Loudoun also saw the second lowest crime rates in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Region

Preliminary numbers indicate the continued decrease in serious crime, with Part 1 crimes decreasing 4% and violent crime down 8% in 2019 compared to 2018.

This past year we initiated several public safety campaigns and programs to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents. As the safety of our schools is a top priority, we announced the availability of a free downloadable app called Safe2Talk. The app can be used by students, parents, teachers, and residents to anonymously report safety concerns in our schools so they can be immediately addressed.

As news headlines broke regarding a surge in va**ng-related illnesses, we released an informational video in an effort to educate the public on the potential health concerns with these devices among our youth. The campaign included the continuation of a series of educational forums on va**ng with Loudoun County Public Schools throughout the county.

After years of urging the Virginia General Assembly to amend the Improper Driving statute language, we successfully improved a serious gap in the Virginia Motor Code. By amending traffic ordinances at the local level, our deputies now have the discretion to issue a summons instead of Reckless Driving – a Class 1 misdemeanor - when investigating a minor crash. Previously, the charge of Reckless Driving could only be reduced to Improper Driving, a less serious charge, by a judge or at the request of the Commonwealth Attorney. The amendments relieve our deputies of the current state code constraints and provide drivers a much fairer legal recourse.

Through the great work of our deputies and civilian staff, we continue to receive local, state and national recognition.

This year, Deputy First Class Colin Whittington was named the Virginia Deputy Sheriff of the Year by the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association. He is the third LCSO deputy to receive this recognition in the past five years.

Sheriff Chapman notes his work on
several committees at the national level, including Vice-President of Homeland Security for the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA), Chairman for Homeland Security for the National Sheriffs’ Association, and on the D.A.R.E. Executive Law Enforcement Advisory Board.

There were also a number of firsts in 2019 for the LCSO:

We were the first agency in Northern Virginia to receive training in Sources of Strength, an evidence-led youth su***de prevention program. The program is conducted by the Ryan Bartel Foundation founded by the Bartel family after their son’s tragic death by su***de at age 17 when he was a senior at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville.

We also held the first-ever three-day Advanced Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) in the Commonwealth of Virginia in October. We have become a leader both regionally and nationally in CIT training with personnel from across the country and overseas traveling to participate in our training. The LCSO CIT program has trained over 600 personnel from the local, state, and federal levels.

We continue to be overwhelmed by your generous support in several giving campaigns. This fall, we once-again participated in No-Shave November. Loudoun residents helped us raise over $24,000 for cancer research and prevention. We were the highest fundraising law enforcement agency as part of No-Shave.org. In the past three years, Loudoun residents have helped us raise over $55,000 for cancer research and prevention.

Residents also helped us collect over 2500 toys for our annual Santa Ride for Cole’s Closet for children who are hospitalized during the holidays. This is the largest number of toys we have ever collected and the largest donation ever received by Cole’s Closet.

The Loudoun Crime Commission is a non-profit, charitable, membership organization, open to any concerned citizen, local business, educational institution.

We believe that "Fighting crime is every citizens business!" We have made this our motto. The Commission plays a special role within the Loudoun County community by supporting law enforcement and other organizations with anti-crime initiatives through its community based support. This support includes enhancing direct communications between citizens and law enforcement through social networking pr

Photos from Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's post 09/24/2022

Photos from Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's post

09/19/2022

Residents may be aware of “swatting” phone calls falsely reporting to law enforcement acts of violence at schools in Virginia today. (Swatting is a term used to describe the false reporting of an active incident to draw a significant public safety response.)

This afternoon, an unknown individual called 911 to falsely report an active shooter event at Loudoun Valley and Loudoun County high schools. School resource officers and Loudoun County Public Schools school administration were informed immediately when the phone calls were received.

The Sheriff's Office and Leesburg Police Department quickly investigated and determined they were false.

The LCSO and the Leesburg Police Department take all swatting incidents seriously, and the Loudoun incidents remain under investigation.

09/17/2022

Thank you to the women and men of the Leesburg Police Department for all that you do for our community each and every day! You are appreciated and your dedication to the does not go unnoticed!

Tomorrow, 9/17/22 is

Photos from Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's post 09/12/2022

Photos from Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's post

Photos from Leesburg Police Department's post 09/12/2022

Photos from Leesburg Police Department's post

09/07/2022

COFFEE WITH A COP EVENT

Join your neighbors & Leesburg police officers for coffee and conversation on Thursday, September 15, 2022 from 9am to 11am at SR Coffee Co. (940 Sycolin Road SE, Suite 145).

No agenda, no speeches, and no PowerPoint presentation. Just coffee and a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know officers in your community.

Come with questions. We'll have answers and coffee.

09/06/2022

INCIDENT UPDATE: HPD seeks the community’s assistance in identifying the suspect in an assault and indecent exposure. On Friday, August 26, around 3 PM, the victim reported she was walking on the W&OD Trail near Ferndale Avenue when she was assaulted. The suspect exposed himself to her before running off down the trail. HPD is working with Fairfax County Police Department to identify the suspect. If you have any information or can identify the suspect, please call HPD at 703-435-6846.

09/05/2022

Members and friends of the Loudoun Crime Commission – Thank you for your continued support of the LCC and our work to educate the community, and to maintain a connection between the public and Law Enforcement.

You are invited to attend our next luncheon. The LCC Luncheon event is at 1230 pm on Friday September 9th, 2022, at the Belmont Country Club, doors open at noon for gathering and socializing.

The LCC Luncheons are held January to May and September to November on the 2nd Friday of the month. Luncheons are open to all and members of the community are encouraged to attend (RSVP is required); dress is business casual (no jeans per Belmont Club policy).

About our speaker:
Special Agent Morgan Bailey entered the FBI in 2008 after serving as a collegiate coach for approximately 12 years where he was part of three national championship teams. On entering the FBI, he was assigned to the San Diego field office where he investigated public corruption, financial crime, human intelligence, and counterterrorism. In 2015 Agent Bailey took a supervisory role in the Counterterrorism Division where he managed counterterrorism cases run by the Washington Field Office. In 2016 he was promoted to Unit Chief in the Directorate of Intelligence in Washington DC. In 2018 he was assigned as a field supervisor in the Washington Field Office where he supervised the National Capital Response Squad and a squad which investigates Homegrown Violent Extremism in Northern Virginia. He currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the Special Agent in Charge of Terrorism in the Washington field office.

We hope all LCC members will attend and invite their friends to take this opportunity to meet with our speaker, and interact with our Loudoun's law enforcement officials, community leaders, educators, and concerned citizens to gain insight into crime issues and concerns, and to hear about anti-crime measures being performed in our fast-growing locality. We look forward to seeing you all there.

To attend, please send an RSVP by Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 to: [email protected]

Frank Holtz
Chairman, LCC

Photos from Leesburg Police Department's post 09/01/2022

Photos from Leesburg Police Department's post

09/01/2022

Mark your calendars and join us for National Coffee with a Cop Day on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Come with questions. We'll have answers and free coffee!
No agenda, no speeches, and no PowerPoint presentation. Just coffee and a chance to have some casual conversation, voice concerns, ask questions, and get to know your neighborhood police officers. Join us for just one event, or come to both. Events are free and open to all members of our community!

Loudoun Crime Commission updated their website address. 08/29/2022

Loudoun Crime Commission updated their website address.

Loudoun Crime Commission updated their website address.

Loudoun Crime Commission updated their address. 08/29/2022

Loudoun Crime Commission updated their address.

Loudoun Crime Commission updated their address.

Photos from Leesburg Police Department's post 08/19/2022

Photos from Leesburg Police Department's post

08/16/2022

Do you enjoy ice pops? Do you like FREE ice pops? Then this event is for you!

Stop by the Leesburg Police Department this Thursday, August 18, 2022 between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM to receive a free FLA-VOR-ICE freezer pop at our first ever Ice Pops with the Cops event!

No agenda, no speeches, just delicious ice pops and conversation with your neighborhood officers. We look forward to seeing you then!

👮‍♂️👮‍♀️🍧👶👧👱‍♂️👱‍♀️

Photos from Leesburg Police Department's post 08/11/2022

Photos from Leesburg Police Department's post

Photos from Leesburg Police Department's post 08/03/2022

Photos from Leesburg Police Department's post

08/02/2022

Join us tonight for National Night Out. The LCSO will be at locations across the county with safety information and displays of departmental vehicles and equipment. See you tonight!

08/01/2022

We are one day away from National Night Out 2022! 🥳

The Leesburg Police Department will join law enforcement agencies nationwide to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. We look forward to seeing you from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, in the Leesburg Mobile Home Park community located near the intersection of South Street SE and Parker Court SE in Leesburg. All Town residents are invited to participate in this annual community building event.

Those attending the event are asked to park nearby as parking will be limited at the event site.

07/30/2022

Give 4 hours To Yourself – To be better prepared in an emergency!
When an attack occurs, will you be ready?

Have you ever wondered what to do if you found yourself in an active attack, whether by fi****ms, knife, vehicle, or some other weapon?

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) can teach you how to respond, and to be an immediate responder before other first responders and emergency personnel arrive. This training is specifically for you, your family and friends, your co-workers, community partners, and other concerned citizens.

Below are the links that will take you to the enrollment for a 4 hour in-person class hosted by Law Enforcement instructors from DCJS, specifically designed for civilians. This class is the ACTIVE ATTACK PROGRAM. During this training, you hear from subject matter experts about how to keep both you and others safe, and what to do during an active attack situation. In addition, you hear from a Columbine HS survivor, and learn why they gave the directions they did to students, and what they could have done instead. You learn and see how a young college student walks into an active shooter situation and how her actions kept her alive! You learn how to apply a tourniquet, make one from materials around you, the “skill of sealing a sucking chest wound with simple materials” and much more!

This course is a must for everyone, and we encourage you to learn and be prepared . . . be the person who knows what to do in a critical situation, such as an active attack. This class is for everyone, but we do recommend ages 16 years and older due to some of the mature material. Great for college students before they head back to campus!

The CRCC class is offered free of charge, and participants must register themselves individually for one course using the following links:

Friday, August 5th-Morning session at 8am-12pm:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf8yZNs3Llnysb8_Lzn_pERoRAMs4hvdYNsaM7ZDZJp3NYhBg/viewform

Friday, August 5th Afternoon session at 1pm-5pm:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtn4Z2xn3rasuFCp47Tih9Z29oEK18EWCTO2Z5gjrg8yOWtA/viewform

Saturday, August 6th- Session at 9am-1pm:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXAqnR6O3Zbb9yf82VZkQArNqPcbwYOlqLE5rOw-y93ny_Xg/viewform

The four hour course will be held at the Purcellville Town Hall, in the Council Chambers Room, located at 221 South Nursery Ave, Purcellville, VA, with a maximum number of 50 participants per session. Please join us for this potentially lifesaving class!

07/30/2022

IACP Study Concludes that Converting Loudoun’s Sheriff’s Office to a Police Department is Projected to Cost More than $307 Million, is Unnecessary, and Risks Public Safety

On April 5, 2022, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) will present the results of its $500,000 study on converting the law enforcement functions of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) into a police department.

Full IACP study - https://bit.ly/3NzoixM (all references below reflect actual report page numbers).

The study, authorized by a majority of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (BOS) in July 2020 in seeking to replace the role of the elected Sheriff, demonstrates that a conversion to a countywide police department is projected to cost more than $307 million over ten years – and no less than $213 million (ppg. 87, 95), is unnecessary based on the LCSO’s “excellence in performance” (pg. 86), will present numerous operational and performance risks to include increased crime (pg. 88), and will remove direct accountability to the voters of Loudoun County, placing all law enforcement decision-making authority in the hands of the BOS (pg. 90).

The last point means citizens would no longer have a stakeholders’ right to select and hold accountable their chief law enforcement official every four years, as they have throughout the history of Loudoun County. Several attempts to create a police department in the past have not been recommended, including the 2012 Loudoun County Government Reform Commission’s unanimous recommendation against making the change (pg. 6). The Commission “strongly recommend[ed] that the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors maintain the current structure of a sheriff’s office without adding a police department.” No compelling reason was identified, and the conversion process was determined to be complex, disruptive, and costly.

Should the BOS decide to move ahead and create a police department, it would have to send the matter to a public referendum (pg. 10), and a majority of Loudoun voters would have to agree. The referendum path is what some on the BOS sought to do in July 2020 but decided against after overwhelming citizen opposition. The IACP study validates the reasons for that opposition.

LCSO is Highly Effective

The IACP study concludes the following:

“By all accounts and measures, the LCSO is providing exceptional service to the residents of the county, as measured through multiple performance indicators” (pg. 28).

LCSO receives high marks in the study, which cites the consistent use of 21st Century Policing standards (pg. 23), successful efforts to maintain Loudoun’s exceptionally low crime rate – the lowest in the Council of Governments region – (pg. 28), the high level of employee morale (pg. 33), and the high levels of citizen satisfaction, ranging from 87% to 97%, based on third party surveys of county residents (pg. 32).

IACP also states, "Maintaining the current structure of the sheriff’s office maintains a clear competitive and economic advantage when considering the annual cost of delivering policing services" (pg. 87), and cites its excellent recruiting and low vacancy rates, and its outperformance of surrounding jurisdictions in numerous categories despite being understaffed by up to 79 sworn positions (pg. 115).

Tangible Risks Have Been Identified

The IACP further concludes:

“There are serious potential and unnecessary risks associated with conversion; on the other hand, NO RISK has been identified for continuing with the current structure and system for the delivery of policing services in the county” (pg. xi, emphasis added).

This risk alone should be enough reason for the BOS not to move forward with a referendum or any other effort to create a police department.

The study also concluded the following if a conversion occurs:

• There is no guarantee of improved law enforcement services (pg. 94)

• There is a potential for gaps in services (pg. 94)

• There is potential for increased crime (pg. 88)

• The police chief would be under the complete control of the BOS (ppg. viii, 89)

• The balance of power in Loudoun’s form of government would be changed, removing the checks and balances that exist today (ppg. vi, 16, 89, 92)

• The staffing impact would include the need for 500 new personnel, and the duplication of certain public safety efforts (pg. 67)

• The liability for lawsuits would be unlimited for a police department as compared with the $1.5 million cap for the Sheriff’s Office (pg. 77)

• As deputies are not county employees but employees of a constitutionally elected sheriff, they risk losing their jobs, current assignments, or rank, and would be required to reengage the entire application and hiring process for newly established police officer positions (pg. 73)

The last point would be especially disruptive to the safety of Loudoun’s citizens. A county police department would be an entity starting from scratch, not just a direct transfer from the Sheriff’s Office. LCSO deputies would not automatically transfer into a new department but would need to compete for those positions with no guarantee they would be rehired – or be hired into positions of similar responsibility or rank to those currently held, or the schedules and responsibilities currently enjoyed. In other words, the current and highly effective operational and personnel structure of LCSO, one that has evolved and improved over many years, would be disrupted and undermined. This process would severely impact civilian support staff as well.

The Fairfax and Prince William Models are Different

In the past, some members of the BOS have cited Fairfax and Prince William counties as examples that justify the establishment of a police department in Loudoun, but the IACP study contradicts any such comparison because both counties have a different, “strong” form of government in which appointed chief administrators have more authority and BOS members have less (pgs. 14-16). This is not the case in Loudoun, which operates under Virginia’s “traditional” form of government with a BOS and County Administrator.

There is no comparable jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia with a traditional form of government that also incorporates a countywide police department (pg. 14). As such, if Loudoun County were to establish a police department, the Board of Supervisors would have total control over “both the executive and legislative functions” of law enforcement (pg. 16). The checks and balances that exist today, including the annual budget appropriation from the BOS to the Sheriff’s Office, would disappear and the BOS would not only have budget authority but also the right to select and direct the police chief, create ordinances, dictate policy, and direct every aspect of law enforcement (pgs. 90-91). However, in April 2021, the option of changing its local form of government from “traditional” to “strong” to appropriately accommodate a potential conversion to a police department was presented to the BOS but was immediately rejected (pg. vi).

LCSO is Committed to Excellence in Service

LCSO is a premier, accredited, and nationally recognized law enforcement agency that prides itself on continuously seeking to improve law enforcement services and public safety. This too is reflected in the IACP study, including the following:

• IACP validated LCSO’s Sheriff’s Office vs. Police Department study (pg. 7) (Click https://bit.ly/3uPUtjR to read the Study)

• IACP confirmed the overall success of LCSO and its law enforcement services (ppg. vi, 32, 86)

• IACP highlighted LCSO’s active community engagement (ppg. iv, 23, 86, 129)

• IACP validated LCSO’s high citizen approval ratings (pg. 32) and low crime rates (pg. 28)

The IACP study recommended eight areas that might be improved in the furtherance of effective law enforcement (pg. 147). Several have already been initiated by LCSO, some require additional funding by the BOS, and others can be addressed at little-to-no cost.

Conversion Does Not Equal Reform

A section of the IACP report is dedicated to the proposition that conversion to a police department “does not equate to reform” (pg. 92).

A further explanation is cited twice in the report, with the authors noting that in the context of “criminal justice reform” there will always be ways to improve. Deciding to form a police department “would not be a ‘reform,’ but rather a policy decision focusing on the balance of decision-making power between the Board and the Sheriff” (pg. 92).

Sheriff Chapman’s Conclusions and Priorities

Upon reviewing the IACP report, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman reiterated his opposition to the establishment of a police department and the costs and risks associated with it. Sheriff Chapman agrees with the IACP’s “Key Findings” that the BOS is presented with an opportunity to better allocate available funding to address the county’s mental health crisis (ppg. xi, 94, 124).

“Over the next few years, the funding priorities for public safety in Loudoun should be focused on expanding our mental health resources and helping our citizens directly, not paying consultants and spending hundreds of millions of dollars to do things with no tangible benefit,” said Chapman.

Chapman cited the benefit of opening Loudoun’s first Crisis Intervention Team Assessment Center in 2015 and noted that local behavioral health services require additional resources to assist those with the greatest need.

“Instead of putting Loudoun County through the unnecessary cost and risk of replacing LCSO with a police department, we should be talking about providing more resources to help LCSO, county mental health and substance abuse services, and others to support our youth and adults in crisis, including a facility that provides a safe and supportive environment pending their transfer to a hospital or other location,” Chapman said.

Chapman also noted that in addition to the $500,000 cost already incurred by Loudoun taxpayers for the IACP study, the Sheriff’s Office spent approximately $150,000 in personnel resources to compile the information required by the study, and that’s before the projected $307 million cost of a conversion.

Lastly, Chapman noted the LCSO’s ability to recruit certified officers from neighboring police departments due to the constitutional structure and opportunities offered within the LCSO – over 50 within the past two years.

LCSO is committed to continuing to provide premier law enforcement services and keeping all citizens and visitors safe. Anyone with questions or concerns or who wishes to discuss the impact of converting to a police department is encouraged to contact the LCSO or your BOS representative at [email protected].

Photos from Leesburg Police Department's post 07/30/2022

Photos from Leesburg Police Department's post

07/28/2022

The LCSO joins the community in remembering and honoring State Senator Charles L. Waddell who passed away July 19 at the age of 90.

Visitation is today (July 28) from 5 PM - 8 PM (ET) at the Loudoun Funeral Chapel, 158 Catoctin Circle, S.E. Leesburg, VA.
Funeral Services will be on Friday, July 29 at 1 PM at the Leesburg Community Church, 835 Lee Ave SW, Leesburg, VA.

Affectionately known as Charlie and “the singing senator”, he served one term on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors before being elected as a state senator representing the 33rd District in 1971. He would be re-elected six times before stepping aside in 1998, midway through his seventh term, when then-Governor James Gilmore appointed him Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

His many accomplishments included bringing forward legislation to widen Route 28 – then a congested two-lane highway – between Route 7 and Interstate 66, legalizing “right turn on red” in Virginia, and was instrumental in obtaining funding for Northern Virginia Community College’s Sterling Campus, where one of the buildings was later named for him. He also helped secure funding to preserve George C. Marshall’s home in Leesburg and influenced the decisions to locate the National Guard Armory and Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Loudoun. He also supported the creation of Loudoun’s first sanitary landfill in 1971.

Below, State Senator Waddell is pictured with his son, retired LCSO Major Scott Waddell, and Major Waddell’s wife Judy, a longtime Loudoun County Government employee. The photo is from the 32nd Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards in the 1990s.

We send our condolences to Major Waddell and the family and friends of State Senator Waddell.

You can learn more about Senator Waddell’s incredible life and years of service to our community at https://bit.ly/3PFPdsh

Thank you State Senator Waddell for your dedication to serving and improving our community.

Photos from Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's post 07/25/2022

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07/14/2022

Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman Appointed to the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board

Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman was honored to receive a key administration appointment from Governor Glenn Youngkin to the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board.

The Criminal Justice Services Board is the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services’ policy board with representation from all aspects of the criminal justice system on both state and local levels of government, as well as representatives of the private security industry, the public-at-large, and the General Assembly. Sheriff Chapman is one of five new members of the board.

The Board is the approving authority for the regulations the Department promulgates in accord with the Administrative Process Act and approves most of the grants the Department awards to localities, state agencies, and private non-profit organizations.

Sheriff Chapman is joined as a gubernatorial appointee by fellow county official System Chief Keith Johnson, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue System (LC-CFRS). Chief Johnson was recently re-appointed to an additional 4-year term on the Virginia Fire Services Board and was recently elected as Chair of the board.

“I am pleased to appoint our newest board members to serve in their respective administration roles,” said Governor Youngkin in a press release issued by his office Wednesday. “I am confident in each member’s ability to establish a best-in-class legacy for our administration while leading with diligence and skill. The expertise, innovation, and dedication to civil service demonstrated by each appointee will be an invaluable asset to the betterment of our Commonwealth. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”

Sheriff Chapman previously served as a Virginia gubernatorial appointee on the Governor’s Taskforce on School and Campus Safety in 2013. He is currently the Vice President of Homeland Security for the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA) Executive Board and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Sheriffs' Association. He was recently elected as the new Washington/Baltimore High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Executive Board Chair. He also serves on the D.A.R.E. Law Enforcement Advisory Board.

Sheriff Chapman was officially sworn into the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board last week by Loudoun County Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens.


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06/21/2022

On Tuesday, members of the Leesburg Town Council and Leesburg Police Department gathered with representatives from the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology(ISELP), a U.S. based 501c3 organization, to recognize a recent vote by the Town Council to donate surplus Police Department equipment to benefit equine efforts in Ukraine >> https://bit.ly/3OaCIo3

06/18/2022

Thank you for your vote and support! I am honored to serve you!

Photos from Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's post 06/15/2022

Congratulations.

06/13/2022

Leesburg Police Investigate Sexual Assault

Leesburg, VA (June 13, 2022) – On Sunday, June 12, 2022, the Leesburg Police Department Emergency Communications Center received a report of a sexual assault that had occurred early that morning in a parking lot in the Avana Fieldstone apartment complex.

The adult female victim advised that on June 12, 2022 at approximately 12:30 AM, a black 2-door vehicle stopped alongside her as she was walking through the parking lot located in the 800 block of Wilkinson Drive NE. The victim reported that the unknown driver forced her into the vehicle and sexually assaulted her. The suspect then fled the area in the vehicle.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned Hispanic male, who was wearing a facemask and sunglasses. Residents of the Avana Fieldstone apartment complex are asked to check their residential video surveillance systems for footage of the incident.

The incident remains under investigation by the Leesburg Police Department Criminal Investigation Section. Anyone who has not already spoken with law enforcement and has information about the incident is asked to contact Detective M. Taylor at 703-771-4500 or at [email protected]. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Leesburg Crime Line at 703-443-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent using TIPSUBMIT via text. Text 274637 (CRIMES) and begin your message with LPDTIP.

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06/12/2022

Outstanding Job Today.

06/09/2022

Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman presented scholarship certificates to Jacob Jimenez and Jacob Thomas as part of the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute (VSI) scholarship program.

Mr. Jimenez will graduate this month from Dominion High School and will attend Averett University.

Mr. Thomas will graduate this month from Stone Bridge High School and will be attending James Madison University.

The scholarship program, established by the VSI’s Board of Directors, was established to provide an opportunity for students to pursue an educational curriculum in law enforcement or the criminal justice field while attending a Virginia college or university.

The Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization that encourages charitable and educational activities among the sheriffs and deputies within the Commonwealth of Virginia to educate the public and to do any and all things to promote the enforcement of law and order and the suppression of crime.

Congratulations to you both and we wish you all the best!

06/08/2022

The LCSO is very grateful to The Salvation Army of Loudoun County Virginia for dropping off over 100 donuts for our deputies today as a tribute to .

The Salvation Army first began giving out donuts in 1917 during World War I. Over 250 volunteers traveled overseas and handed out donuts to soldiers near the front lines. The first official Donut Day began in Chicago in 1938 as a fundraiser to help those in need during the Great Depression. Nowadays, National Donut Day is widely celebrated on the first Friday of June.

The donut still serves as a symbol of comfort that The Salvation Army provides to those in need through its many services and programs to this day.

Sgt. John McKee and Jessica Shiels with The Salvation Army delivered donuts to deputies today and thanked them for their service to our community.

06/04/2022

Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman is proud to announce that two members of the will receive statewide recognition at the Virginia Sheriffs' Association (VSA) Annual Conference in September, accepting two of the three top awards.

A Detective with the has been named the VSA Deputy Sheriff of the Year. Due to the sensitive nature of the work performed, the detective's name and photo are not included. The detective played an instrumental role in a narcotics investigation that began in Loudoun County, Virginia in 2017 and led to the largest seizure of illegal drugs in the history of Loudoun County. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA's Press Release, “The operation uncovered and dismantled seven, violent, drug trafficking organization cells in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area, and resulted in 33 high-level individuals charged, hundreds of pounds of deadly drugs being taken off the streets, $5.4 million in U.S. currency, 32 rifles, 81 handguns, and other assets seized.”

Dispatcher Molly Rau will receive the VSA 2022 Dispatcher of the Year. Dispatcher Rau is currently assigned to the night shift at the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) and has been an LCSO employee for almost 2.5 years. Dispatcher Rau is certified in Crisis Intervention Training and is already a Communications Training Officer, having trained LCSO as well as a Loudoun County Fire and Rescue call taker. Dispatcher Rau was recognized for her response when a call was received regarding an individual live streaming on Facebook Live threatening to harm themselves with a knife. She coordinated with Field Operations’ deputies to establish the correct address, monitoring several channels and handling citizen calls related to the situation. Simultaneously, there were two additional separate calls received regarding subjects threatening harm. Her efforts contributed to all incidents being successfully resolved.

The Detective and Dispatcher Rau will be officially recognized this September at the 2022 VSA Annual Conference.

Congratulations on their well-deserved recognition!

Photo (left to right): Lt. Col. Eric Prugh, Commander of the Administrative and Technical Services Division, Mary Cullinane, Manager of the LCSO Emergency Communications Center, Dispatcher Rau, Sheriff Mike Chapman, and Captain Tom Gilligan, Assistant Commander of the Administrative and Technical Services Division.

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