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2018-3-28

GREENSVILLE/EMPORIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

LOCAL BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will meet on Thursday, October 18, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.  The public is welcome to attend.

Local Youth Organize "March for our Lives"

On Saturday Afternoon about 50 people showed solidarity with the March for our Lives in Washington, DC, by marching from the Post Office to the Courthouse on South Main Street in Emporia.

The March was arranged by the Youth Council of the NAACP.

EPD Earns Advanced Accreditation from CALEA

The Emporia Police Department earned it first advanced international accreditation certification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) following a panel interview by CALEA commissioners at CALEA’s conference in Frisco, Texas on March 24, 2018.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018 Emporia Police Chief Ricky Pinksaw and Lieutenant David Shidell appeared before a three-member panel of CALEA commissioners to answer questions about the Emporia Police Department’s recent January On-Site Assessment.  The commissioners reviewed the assessment report prepared in January by a two-member assessment team of law enforcement professionals from outside of Virginia, who reviewed department compliance with applicable standards, conducted ride-alongs with officers, interviewed citizens and conducted a public hearing.

The panel consisted of D. Ray Johnson, who is the Chief of Police for the City of Chesterfield, Missouri.  Mr. Douglas Middleton, Deputy County Manager of Public Safety for Henrico County Virginia an Ms. Julie Righter-Dove, Communications Coordinator for the Lincoln, Nebraska Emergency Communications Center. 

The 27-page assessment report, written by retired Chief Randy Nichols from North Carolina following his team’s visit concluded that the Emporia Police Department is a very professional law enforcement agency committed to providing a high level of law enforcement services to the community.

CALEA is a voluntary international program that demonstrates a department’s commitment to excellence, while serving its citizens and showing that the agency is meeting internationally established best practices for law enforcement agencies.

In a March 2018 letter congratulating the Emporia Police Department on its initial accreditation CALEA chairman Craig Webre and CALEA Executive Director W. Craig Hartley, Jr. stated that CALEA Accreditation is the mark of professional excellence and the gold standard in public safety.

In the agency’s quest for Advanced Accreditation, the Emporia Police Department is required to comply with the 484 standards as set forth by CALEA.  The agency is required o establish written directives for those standards, as well as providing proofs of compliance that the agency is in fact in compliance with standards.

In Virginia there are 340 law enforcement agencies.  Only 31 of these agencies are accredited with CALEA.  The Emporia Police Department is the 4th smallest law enforcement agency in Virginia with CALEA Advanced Accreditation status.  The Emporia Police Department entered into contract with CALEA in October 2015 and received CALEA Advanced Accreditation within 27 months.  I am extremely proud of the men and women of the Emporia Police Department for completing this monumental task within such a short period of time,” stated Chief Ricky Pinksaw.  Achieving CALEA Advanced Accreditation was a major goal of mine once I was appointed Chief of Police in January 2015.  “We had to re-write the entire General Orders Manual for the Department, as well as create and implement a new property and evidence room,” stated Chief Pinksaw.  Chief Pinksaw further stated that, “CALEA Advanced Accreditation is truly the gold standard in public safety and the Emporia Police Department will continue to strive to provide the highest quality service to the citizens and visitors of the City of Emporia.  It is important to remember that this is not the Emporia Police Department’s Accreditation, but this is the entire City of Emporia’s Advanced Accreditation.”  “It was truly an honor to represent the City of Emporia and accepting the Police Department’s Initial Advanced Accreditation Award Saturday night at the CALEA conference,” stated Chief Pinksaw

Over 70,000 Sign Petitions Protesting Pipelines Across Virginia

By Tianna Mosby, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Environmentalists on Tuesday dropped on Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk petitions signed by more than 70,000 people supporting stricter rules for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines that energy companies plan to build across Virginia.

One petition, signed by 10,000 Virginian residents, demands that the Northam administration immediately halt the tree-felling along the pipeline routes and let the public comment on the companies’ plans to control erosion and stormwater before they are finalized by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

Activists also gave Northam an online petition signed by more than 62,000 citizens from around the country calling on Northam to stop the pipelines, which they said would threaten the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail and miles of national forest land. By late Tuesday, the number of signatures on the Change.org petition had topped 65,500.

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club and other groups held a press conference on the state Capitol grounds the morning after the DEQ approved the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Outraged by that action, the environmentalists said the DEQ must require the companies to take better precautions when constructing the pipelines. The activists said that will happen only if Northam gets involved.

“It’s time for you to be the leader that we voted for,” LeeAnne Williams, a Virginia Sierra Club volunteer, said, addressing the governor.

Some activists said they have already seen negative effects of the pipeline from the cutting of trees. “The proposed pipelines have altered people’s lives, land value and emotional well-being,” said Lara Mack, Virginia field organizer for Appalachian Voices.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would carry natural gas 600 miles from West Virginia to North Carolina, and the Mountain Valley Pipeline would run more than 300 miles from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia. If built as proposed, the pipelines would cross streams and other bodies of water more than 1,400 times, environmentalists say.

David Sligh, conservation director for Wild Virginia, said the state should review the environmental impact at each of those water crossings. He said pollution from the pipeline could cause “permanent damage to the aquatic systems.”

The companies that want to build the pipelines say the projects are crucial to meeting the energy needs of Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region.

“Demand for natural gas is growing across the region – to produce cleaner electricity and support economic development – but there is not enough infrastructure to deliver the supplies needed to meet this demand,” the consortium that has proposed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline says on its website.

The consortium, which includes Dominion Energy, says the pipeline construction would create 17,000 jobs and provide a “major boost to local businesses in every community.”

In a recent monthly newsletter, the company building the Mountain Valley Pipeline said it plans to have the pipeline in service by the end of the year.

Bessie Ann Wright

Mrs. Bessie Ann Wright, 67, of Emporia, Virginia, died on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

A Visitation for Mrs. Wright will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on Friday, March 30, 2018, in the Roanoke Rapids Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home.  Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 Noon, on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Royal Baptist Church, 106 W. Atlantic Street in Emporia, VA.  The Interment will take place immediately after the Service in the Greensville Memorial Cemetery in Emporia, VA.

Condolences may be sent via:  www.hdpopefuneralhome.com

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