Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute announces certification program for sheriffs, deputies to enhance leadership, public safety skills

The Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute (VSI) announced the first certification program to recognize the individual efforts of Virginia’s sheriffs and deputies to enhance and develop their leadership and public safety skills. This program is the first to certify the individual achievements of Virginia’s sheriffs and deputies, and was developed in partnership with the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association (VSA), the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) and the Performance Management Group at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Participation in the certification program is voluntary and is measured through a combination of education, advanced training and/or instruction and work experience. Applicants are required to submit documentation supporting their work experience, educational achievements and career development. Sheriffs and deputies who achieve certification will have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to professionalism and leadership in their community.

“The Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute is proud to offer this certification to our members,” said Danville Sheriff Mike Mondul, president of the VSI board of directors. “Virginia’s 123 elected sheriffs consider training and professional development as essential to ensuring the public has confidence in law enforcement’s ability to protect our communities.”

For more information about the VSI certification program, visit certification.vasheriffsinstitute.org.

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