As you know, our Lodge brings a little joy to the area's less fortunate children at Christmas with our "Cops & Kids" program.
We are currently in the process of finalizing some details and are asking for your assistance during our current fundraiser!
Donations raised will go to helping bring smiles to all the kiddos during the holiday season!
What is Cops & Kids, you ask? Well it’s the greatest event ever when Uniformed law enforcement officers unite from Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Fairfax County Police Department Fairfax County Sheriff Leesburg Police Department, Leesburg VA Virginia State Police Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries And MWAA Police donate their time to take 100+ selected "at risk" children, ranging in ages 5-10, Christmas shopping in hopes of making their Christmas special. The children are then escorted from a breakfast with Santa in a convoy of lights and sirens over to Target at Dulles28!
The children are selected by Loudoun County Public Schools. They come from all walks of life and differing circumstances, but all are faced with financial limitations in their homes.
Our mission is to promote a positive law enforcement image with these children. Children need to experience officers as caring people who are willing to provide positive support. In supporting this project, we hope that we can make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable young people. Improving the connections between responsible adults and young people is the core element of effective crime prevention and deterring negative, delinquent behaviors and encouraging achievement. It helps leave a lasting impression of law enforcement with kids who sometimes don’t see police in a positive way. Youth may make up 25 percent of society, but they make up 100 percent of the future!
All funds for the program are donated by our many generous local businesses and residents. All donations are tax-deductible through the Loudoun Dulles Lodge 69 Charitable Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.
Nothing represents the spirit of Christmas more than giving!
Donations are gladly accepted. Donations can be mailed or made in person at either one of the events or email the FOP at for assistance. ... See MoreSee Less
Inmate Led Hampton Roads Sex and Drug Trafficking Ring from State Prison Cell
NORFOLK, Va. – A California man pleaded guilty today to organizing and running a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy and commercial sex ring from his state prison cell.
“Gaines directed a drug and sex trafficking organization from the confines of his state prison cell,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “His crime was brazen, dangerous, manipulative, and inflicted untold mental, emotional, and physical harm on some of our community’s most vulnerable individuals.”
According to court documents, Foster Shane Gaines, 42, was serving an eight-year sentence in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for prostituting an adult woman. Beginning in approximately 2016, Gaines launched a drug trafficking organization that distributed methamphetamine from a source of supply in California to co-conspirators in the Tidewater area. Using cellphones smuggled into prison, Gaines directed co-conspirators in California, Nevada, and elsewhere to mail parcels of methamphetamine to co-conspirators in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Petersburg, and elsewhere. Once the methamphetamine was distributed to customers that Gaines, at times, personally arranged using his contraband cellphones, the co-conspirators returned the proceeds from the sales to Gaines and his confederates by way of prepaid stored value cards or bulk cash sent through the mail.
“Gaines didn’t learn his lesson. Even though he was already serving a prison sentence in California, he brazenly used contraband cell phones to lead a meth and sex trafficking conspiracy while incarcerated,” said Michael K. Lamonea, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations Norfolk. “Thanks to HSI and our law enforcement partners, we were able to take down this drug and sex trafficking ring and rescue multiple minor victims.”
In addition to his methamphetamine trafficking, Gaines also organized and led a commercial sex ring that at times involved approximately 10 adult females and two juvenile girls. Again using his smuggled cellphones, Gaines recruited women and girls to work as prostitutes by contacting them over various social media platforms. In exchange for 40 to 50 percent of their commercial sex proceeds, Gaines created online advertisements for commercial sex, rented hotel and motel rooms, communicated with customers, organized transportation, and otherwise managed their commercial sex activities. Gaines also arranged for a professional photographer to take sexually suggestive photographs of some women for use in the commercial sex advertisements he created for them, and frequently directed his co-conspirators to provide cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and other drugs to the women and girls prostituting. As with the proceeds from the methamphetamine sales, Gaines directed that the women and girls transmit their commercial sex proceeds to him through bulk cash mailings or prepaid stored value cards.
“The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is determined to protect Postal employees and thwart illegal and dangerous use of the U.S. Mail,” said Peter R. Rendina, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. “Postal Inspectors will work with our law enforcement partners to pursue anyone, even those already incarcerated, who corrupt the U.S. Postal Service to further their criminal enterprises.”
Gaines pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice,” and 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, and sex trafficking of a child. Each charge carries a mandatory minimum term of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison when sentenced on Jan. 31, 2020. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Michael K. Lamonea, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Norfolk, Peter R. Rendina, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, James A. Cervera, Chief of Virginia Beach Police, Col. K.L. Wright, Chief of Chesapeake Police, Larry D. Boone, Chief of Norfolk Police, and Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Darryl J. Mitchell and V. Kathleen Dougherty are prosecuting the case.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:18-cr-143-1. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank GOD he was caught! Prisoners have too much unsupervised time if they are able to pull this off.
High Five to the officers and investigators!! Great Work!
I hope that whoever supplied him with the cellphones has been caught and will be brought to justice as well!
Glad our law enforcement is on top of this. Keep up the good work.
This guy did all of this from his prison cell. Where is the supervision???? Wow!
Job well done for finally catching him.
Great work! Congratulations on catching this!
Job well done
Wow he was a busy man, glad he got caught.
This is really interesting. When is Virginia going to start treating prison inmates like they’re prison inmates, instead of guests at the Biltmore Spa & Golf Resort? The instant question is how could this have happened?
WHY, WHY, WHY wouldn't the guards or whoever was in charge, check the parcels coming in to the prisoners??? They should be charged also! Someone is apparently not doing their job!!!
Yay we caught him! Yay you allowed it to happen! That warden should resign if he doesn’t sincerely address this.
VSP it’s cool that you guys are magnifying how much stuff he got away with and then telling us that he was caught. But he needed outside help. I want to hear about the investigation on the prison personnel. Where was the breakdown or weak link that allowed this to happen in a prison. Sounds like some dirty guards to me. It will happen again. All of those teenagers and adults that were part of the sex trafficking that are going to be mentally scarred and and affected for the rest of their lives, well guess what, the prison system allowed that crap to happen, corrupt personnel probably encouraged it. Sad!
Glad it was finally found out and dealt with.
Job well done !
There had to be too prison officials involved with this crap
Just think he gets more done from a prison cell than Democrats do in Washington 😂
Glad Trooper Viars could help make your travels safe! #Valor #Service #PrideA big thank you to State Trooper Viars. We almost made it to RR and the tire almost blew. Dad had to change a tire on the side of the interstate. This officer showed up and with his help we are back on the road. God was looking out for us tonight!! ... See MoreSee Less
We appreciate officer Viars more than he will ever know! He was a true God send to us last night.
Thank you to all VSP! You guys do a great job keeping us safe! God bless you!
OUR VSP go above & beyond for Everyone!!!!
Thank You & God Bless!!!
keep up good work trooper
If that's the Trooper Viars that I know (pretty sure it is), he's first class in every meaning of the phrase. He was one solid man before becoming a VSP Trooper and has continued with said character since.
Thank you to all the VSP! You all are awesome! Thanks for all you do.
So is he just standing there watching the poor guy change his tire? Also, why no high vis safety vest? Asking for a friend X 2.
Kindness goes a long way ❤️😍
Virginia troopers are the BEST!
Virginia Troopers carry their weight y’all and will help you if they can. You gotta love VSP.
Love the Blue and Gray...
Glad yall are safe. But where are these funnel cakes located? Yum uum yum lol
Top fan !!
NOT COOL, VSP! My husband was returning home from Bethany Beach, DE for the holiday weekend. You pulled him over this afternoon just west of the WW Bridge on 495 for no freaking reason, simply because our pick up truck, allegedly, matches the description of a truck used by the person who killed the Monty County cop (tragic). You accused him of drinking, he blew BELOW THE DETECTABLE LEVEL. No surprise, because...he...doesn't...drink! My eye, you smelled alcohol. Apparently his low level pissed off your troopers and you cuffed him. Unbelievable! You refused to tell him why you pulled him over. You also yelled at my husband for having a vicious 4.5 month Basset Hound puppy in the front seat. Thankfully, he and my puppy are safe at home...after you FOLLOWED HIM ALL THE WAY HOME. I have the utmost respect for the men and women in blue, but...dayum...these troopers give good cops a bad name. Abusive.
Going too far below the speed limit is just as dangerous as too far above. Maintain constant speed and stay aware of your surroundings while driving.
Is the speed limit enforced on Gatesgreen Dr? It’s posted at 25 mph, and people absolutely fly up and down this road constantly. There are no sidewalks, kids are walking to the bus while people fly by all day long going 20 miles over the speed limit. Someone is gonna get hit down here, it’s scary!
You should see how people were driving on 95 N&S today. Cutting in & out. At one time a car looked like it would side swipe me. 😳
But yet you don’t stop the speeding on 81. People doing 80 and 90 an no one gets stopped.
How many involved texting and driving?
Yeah...tell that to the cops...racing down the roads at night, no lights or siren, going 60+ down Little River & Rt 50...but sure, they have a badge so they get a pass...#DoubleStandard 🙄🤷♂️
Honestly, my biggest fear when driving is getting plowed into from behind while stopped at the end of a line of traffic on a limited access 4-8 lane divided highway, because some incompetent idiot 3-dozen cars in front of me had to come to a complete stop just to change lanes. Nobody is speeding, not even the "hammer."
Thank you to Lovettsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue for hosting an incredible Open House today. Among the many demonstrations and activities geared at keeping us safe, was a DUI Simulator alongside the Virginia State Police. I was instructed to put on the special goggles and drive around the track without hitting any cones. How do you think I did? Video in the comments! ... See MoreSee Less
Hard to command much respect in a little bakery truck like that and doesn't seem very comfortable
I watch an episode of "Blue Bloods" and Jamie and his partner got stuck with a "smart" car cruiser. I hate to say this but this one isn't any better. What happened?
VSP please don't consider a vehicle like that for the road. That thing is straight up ugly. 🤣😂 If one of those things were to chase me on the highway, I would have to pull over from laughing too hard. ROFLMBO! 🤣
To bad that can’t go around to all the schools!
Funny little car. How fast can you go in it?? Thank you all for keeping us safe. 🙂
Man, that is one bad, chase car !
Is that the new SWAT vehicle?
I want that car.
You guys (and gals) do realize that if this "official vehicle" was in HOT PURSUIT of me, I'd be laughing so hard, I'd have to pull over. Just saying..
I would love this to put in parades so need
love my heroes in blue and gray; but that vehicle is one ugly piece of mechanical equipment. No offense
#VSP extends its sincere condolences and prayers to #Indiana State Police Trooper Stephan’s family and fellow troopers during this difficult time. #NeverForget #RIP #ServiceandSacrifice ... See MoreSee Less
(Tippecanoe County, IN)-While the investigation into the fatal crash which claimed the life of Indiana State Police Trooper Peter R. Stephan continues, the following information is being made availabl...
For a #VSP Trooper-Trainee, it means spending your days & nights at the Academy. This week we caught up with the 131st Basic Session "after hours" and found them hard at work in their squad rooms...doing a little studying and a lot of shining! ... See MoreSee Less
#VSP Special Agent Assigned to #Culpeper Field Office Earns Top Honors for Investigative Work
The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s (BCI) Culpeper Field Office is proud to announce Special Agent D. Jeffery Rose (pictured w/BCI Capt. W. Sumner) has been selected as “Investigator of the Year” by the Virginia Homicide Investigators Association (VHIA). Rose was recognized this week at the VHIA’s annual conference in Chesapeake, Va.
Rose has been assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit of the BCI Culpeper Field Office for the past nine years. During this time, he has participated in multiple investigations into crimes committed against citizens within the 13 counties and three cities served by the Culpeper Field Office. Examples have included sexual assault, attempted capital murder of a police officer, homicides, and child abuse investigations. Of particular note, Rose was able to effect arrests in two significant homicide investigations that occurred within 2019. Those investigations were the January 2019 homicide of a Shenandoah County woman and the March 2019 homicide in Clarke County of a Loudoun County man.
The VHIA is a non-profit association that was formed in 1993 by a group of dedicated homicide detectives to establish esprit de corps among criminal justice professionals, within the Commonwealth of Virginia and nationally, relating to death investigations. The VHIA provides a forum to discuss and exchange information related to homicide case management and operational strategy, as well as the latest advancements in forensic science and laboratory technologies. ... See MoreSee Less
#VSP is hiring! Reach out to a Recruiter (www.vsp.virginia.gov) today to get on the road to your future...and incredible “office” views just like this! (TY #Trooper Dan Giles for this pic of #CumberlandGap). ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations, #VSP Safety Division's #MotorCarrier Safety Unit for earning - yet, again - the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2019 Data Quality #Award! This is VSP's 4th time in seven years to earn this recognition for maintaining the greatest overall data quality performance during FY2018 in comparison to the same programs in all 50 states, US territories, Canada & Mexico.
Several categories considered when evaluating a program’s data quality include commercial motor vehicle (CMV) crash report completeness, CMV crash report accuracy, V.I.N. reporting accuracy, roadside inspection record completeness, and roadside inspection record accuracy. #WTG ... See MoreSee Less
Last night, our department held its annual awards ceremony to recognize members of our organization, Chesterfield County Police, Virginia State Police, Chesterfield Emergency Communications, and members of the community for the many brave and courageous acts of heroism during the past year. This year, numerous life-save awards, unit citations, and four Medal of Valor Awards were handed out to our firefighters, police officers, emergency communication officers, and community members. Job well done by all! #CFEMS #CCPD #ECC #VSP #Cfield ... See MoreSee Less
God Bless and RIP Special Agent Rodney Grimes. I just love this site and how they never forget there Brothers and Sisters. True Heros each and everyone of you. Me and my wife live in NY, but our Son, well, he's on your team. God Bless you Son, and all that put there lives on the line each and every day.
Super nice guy. He came to Academy and they assigned him K-9 Unit. He came down to meet us and said, “I am well qualified to supervise K-9 Unit. I owned a dog once!”
Was one of our sergeants at the training school 65th session. I always held Sgt. Grimes in high regard, such a nice man!
Never will forget. This VST gave his life to the dedication of his community’s safety. We always keep VSP in our prayers along with all officers everywhere. OCPD is always deep in our heart too.
RIP, Oh my God what is happening there. so many have been killed. praying for all of them.
Close Friend, Fellow Sergeant on the Training School Staff and neighbor in Powhatan during 1976-1978. Rodney was one of the funniest and most pleasant man to work with that I ever knew. His ever-present smile, wit and light-hearted banter always made my work day more enjoyable. His untimely passing in a car crash was a shock and personal loss that I feel to this day. Rest In Peace, Rodney Grimes. I'll never forget you.
Thank you for your service and your ultimate sacrifice for the people of Virginia
I remember Rodney from when he served in Augusta County. Sending thoughts and prayers to his family wherever they are.
Always remember, never forget!
Thanks for your service! RIP
I knew him. His dad was our neighbor. Great people
May He Be Guided By Eternal Light Lord Hear My Prayer
Never forget any fallen VSP. Thank you for your service...
Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
RIP BROTHER IN BLUE 💙
Good man right there I considered a mentor of sorts. A good friend to a young Culpeper cop (me) working his first serious cases. RIP Sir 🙏
RIP Thank you for your service to all of us.
Prayers for his family and friends today. RIP sir.
Rest In Peace Special Agent Grimes 🙏
Never forget. !! May he continue to Rest In Peace. 🙏🏼
It takes 100% concentration when riding. You're the most invisible motorist the stopping and slow crawling are challenging enough, try impairment of alcohol or some prescription medications with warnings to not drive or operate machinery. You're in for the end day/night of your life.
I wonder what the stat is for car drivers.
Why would you ride a bike if you’re drunk? 🤔😡
It would be staggering if they were walking.
Riding while intoxicated is appallingly stupid.
We have put together a team and will be running the Spartan Super in Arrington, VA on October 26. Our recruitment unit will be available both days. Stop by the tent and see how rewarding a career with us can be. #werehiring #Spartan #Spartanrace #Spartantraining #spartanwomen #Trooper #vsprunsspartan #valorservicepride #challengeyourself ... See MoreSee Less
I saw this one message one morning on 95 southbound, between Doswell and Ashland. Traffic was backed up for 3 miles, because people would glance at the sign, and immediately try to get out of the left lane! This message was a terrible idea!
This was the bane of my daily commute to VSP. 🙁 I miss the people but not I95. 😉
Thank you for posting this.
Don’t even go the speed limit in the passing lanes.
Or wait till they get right to the 95/295 split and jump all the way over to keep going on 295
You can keep taking the lazy route with cute signs and Facebook posts, or you can get out there and actually start enforcing this one for a change.
Step one to improving Interstate 81 in Virginia. It’s low hanging fruit. I travel New York to Tennessee routinely. This is so much worse in Virginia than anywhere else along the drive.
Hand out tickets!!!! Followed a car up Rt 17 tonight at about 44 mph in a 55 mph zone and they never got out of the left lane. Passed them on the right. NO one hands out tickets..... no one!
Love it 😂😂😂
Left lane is for passing only , pass and move back over to the right. Leave left lane open for emergency vehicles
Love it !!!
What happened to the signs that say: "Slower Traffic Keep Right." also, there is no Warning, Stop Ahead sign on the off ramp of I-85 South onto US 1 at exit 15 and my do they fly out onto US 1!
I live with one of these!
Virginia State Police. Do you encourage or endorse speeding or breaking the posted speed limit when traveling in the left lane of traffic? It would seem so, If one is travelling at the posted speed limit in eather the right or left lane of traffic, it would seem as though you ( The Virginia State Police) would be suggesting or labeling thoes drivers as camping in the left lane. This appears to suggest that one traveling at the posted speed limit should get out of the way and let the faster traffic go by. Are you in any way endorsing or supporting the faster traffic who are spending and in violation of Va. State law?
I’m from Virginia I worked in Virginia! Why doesn’t The Virginia State Police enforce this policy? I alway said Virginia are the worst offenders of this exact thing!
Love these signs - hilarious plus get the point across!
Its funny-when I was a VA Trooper the Govt said all lanes on the Interstate were driving lanes.
Maybe the point is, when towing a camper, or anyyhing heavy, its harder to maintain the same speed.
A couple of people have stated that if you’re doing the speed limit aren’t you helping to slow traffic. Yes
but 2 things wrong with that thinking. One you ain’t the police or have theauthority to tell someone else what speed to travel and two of they can’t pass in left lane they will cut in and out of traffic, I’ve even seen them pass on shoulder making situation more dangerous than speed.
Also remind people passing in the left lane does not give them the right to ride your bumper, flash there lights and speed like a mad demon or weave in and out of traffic because they think your not driving fast enough when your doing the posted speed limit which to me is way to,fast as it is I mean they think 70 gives them the right to do 90 ughhhh I avoid I-95 because of this
I don't like using left lane, even speeding 8 miles over somebody will want to go faster.
If only people could read this.....but they have thier face buried in thier phones.....SMH
TRAFFIC ALERT ⚠️ The 35th Army Ten-Miler will take place this Sunday, October 13. ACPD, United States Park Police, Pentagon Force Protection Agency and Virginia State Police will conduct numerous road closures in Arlington in order to accommodate the event.
#VSP #Trooper Sarah Gregory and Senior Trooper Jacob Wade in #Florida last week standing with their fellow troopers in support of the family of fallen Sergeant Tracy Vickers & the entire #Florida Highway Patrol. Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles #RIP #NeverForget #ServiceAndSacrifice
Sergeant Vickers was killed in a vehicle crash on Route 408, near Conway Road, at approximately 5:50 am.
His patrol car struck the rear of a truck carrying construction equipment and became trapped underneath it.
Sgt. Vickers was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for four years. He is survived by his fiancée and other family members. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. ... See MoreSee Less
So sorry for the loss of Sgt. Vickers. May God surround his family and all his Florida State Trooper brethren with His arms and leave you with His peace that passes all understanding.. Thank you all for your service..
Sorry for your loss RIP THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
So sad! Thank you for your service! Prayers for the family and friends!
My condolences to your Family and Department
Prayers to the family, friends, community, and colleagues. We pray everyday for your safety. We Back the Blue!
Sympathies and prayers
Prayers for his family.
sending prayers to his family
Go rest high on that mountain,Thank you for your service.God bless our officers.
Thank you for representing Virginia at such an unfortunate and sad occasion.
So sad. Rest in Peace!
Thank you VSP for your service
Love & Prayers
God bless that's why I move over don't want to take anyone's life
Sorry for your loss blue 🙏💙
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NHTSA We’ve all done some pretty intense, fun, crazy, tough, heartbreaking, hilarious and just plain amazing things out of love for our kids. That should include making sure they’re always riding in #TheRightSeat. Learn more at NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat. ... See MoreSee Less
As our 59 new #Troopers report to their respective Division HQ's this AM to meet their commanders, here's a little something to kick off your #Monday: #VSP 130th Basic Session graduated Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. #VSP 30th Basic Session graduated Oct. 4, 1957. What are the chances?? 😲 ... See MoreSee Less
Cool temps (finally) & stunning sunsets (TY #Trooper Tim Waldron) make for a great time at the State Fair of Virginia! But let’s make it a safe one, too, for everyone. #BuckleUp #PhoneDown & #SharetheRoad so you can #Drive2SaveLives in #Virginia. ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful picture...VSP need to go have some fun! Thanks for all you continue to do for the communities!
Thank you to all State Troopers working the fair. Thank you to the Officer that helped me out when someone almost hit my truck as I was about to leave the fair this evening. I truly appreciate you.
I remember the first time I saw my father as a Trooper working traffic at the fair...around 1966..
Gorgeous picture! Thanks for sharing.
Pretty picture. State fair is a lose. We went yesterday drove 1 hr to get there and we live 20 min from it..... that’s not it entrance is okey we both fast line tickets to get in that was 78 for 3 adults and 2 children... we got in there we could not get tickets to ride any rides so we got some food walked around both some souvenirs all totaled 200 dollars very disappointing will not for sure go next year !!!!!
Please stay safe out there troopers!
And Remember the Speed Limit through the Fair Zone is 35 MPH ! Need to set up some radar as some don't know what 35 means.
RIP Andrew! Gone way too soon! Andrew graduated the VSP academy with my Grandson! You'll were best Buds!!!!!! I have pictures of you two together at the Graduation!.
Never forgotten , Dear Andrew Fox ❤️🙏🏻😘🇺🇸
God Bless your family in Southwest Virginia and the time you gave to the state of Virginia
R.I.P. Trooper Andrew D Fox , remember & never forgotten 🇺🇸
I attended this Heros funeral. He was too young to be lost in the line of duty.
I miss him he took very good care of me when I was Hit by Drunk Driver Head On He always made it to
Court Defended me when Driver said I hit Him (He was going wrong Way In Hov Lane) Tears And Prayers for His Family A Real Man
Thank you for your service and your ultimate sacrifice for the people of VA
Always remember, never forget!
Thank you for your service May we always remember the price paid for our safety
Thanks for your service and sacrifice.
R.I.P. Sending prayers!
When he worked in NOVA I always teased him about wearing his long sleeve shirt in the middle of the summer. I asked him if he knew of a cold front coming that the weatherman didn't know about. We both laughed about it each time I teased him over it. He told me the real reason why and it made a ton of sense. Good man gone way too soon.
Thank you Sir for your service.
May He Be Guided By Eternal Light Lord Hear My Prayer
Rest in Peace Sir
Prayers are with the family and friends
May you always Rip
Praying for his family and friends 🙏🙏
I didn't know him personally but I think of him and thank all VA State Troopers everytime I pass over the bridge, dedicated in his honor, in the New River Valley. 🙏
Congratulations to the 59 men & women of the #VSP 130th Basic Session! They were presented their diplomas this morning and report to their respective patrol assignments on Monday. Thank you for choosing us and for proudly representing Virginia's Finest. Motto: Trained by the Best. Protect the Rest. #BeSafe #WhereTroopersAreMade #Valor #Service #Pride ... See MoreSee Less
The Richmond Ambulance Authority Back in June we unveiled this video for Move Over Awareness Month but it's a message RAA and our regional partners want to push throughout the year. If you see flashing blue, red, or amber lights on the side of the road, #MoveOver. Help protect our first responders, VDOT workers, and tow truck drivers. Richmond Police Department City of Richmond, VA Fire Department Virginia Department of Transportation Chesterfield County Fire and EMS Chesterfield County Police Henrico County Police Henrico County Division of Fire Hanover County Fire-EMS Department Hanover County Sheriff's Office VCU Police Department Virginia State Police ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to the 130th. My grandson graduated as part of the 129th and is a very happy and proud part of the VSP. Hard to believe I have a grandchild old enough to be a trooper. God Bless you all and may he protect you at all times❣ Thank you for your willingness to serve and protect .
Thank you for your dedication and your decision to serve the Commonwealth. May the hand of Our Lord and savior protect you,your family and your brother & sisters of the Thin Blue Line.
congratulations to you all. I can't believe it's coming close to a year since my son graduated the academy and started his journey with the VSP. May God bless and protect each and everyone of you, each and every day. Thank you for your service.
Congratulations, law enforcement officers, and first responders are in my prayers everyday. Wishing you all safe travels.
Congratulations and God Bless each of you in your decision to serve and protect. My Son graduated in the 116th in 2011 and I ask God to protect him as he protects others. Be safe out there and thank you for your service.
Congratulations to you all! Thank you for your dedication to the citizens of the Commonwealth! Be safe and watch your six.
Congratulations to all. Your dedication, honor, integrity is so admirable! Be safe out there....We always Back The Blue!
Thank you in advance for your service and protection. May God watch over each and every one of you and bring you home safely at the end of your shift. 🙏🖤💙🖤🙏
Congratulations on the completion of your training. Thank you for all of the sacrifices you will continue to make protecting your community. May peace and safety travel with you on every call.
Congratulations. Thank you for your service & stay safe.
Congratulations to the 130th Basic. Wish all of you the best.
Congratulations to you all! Take care and be safe out there.
Congrats 🎉🍾🎈 May the Lord Bless you through all of your travels as you serve and protect our commonwealth.
Congratulations to all of our new VSP Troopers!! Thank you and God bless each of you!! Be safe!!
Congratulations 130th. Lots of responsibility in your hands now. Make us proud. 99th Basic Session class president.
Congratulations to all of you. May God guide and protect you always. 💕🙏🏼
Congratulations Troopers. Thanks for your dedicated service and always watch your six.
God bless...please stay safe!
Congratulations remember to stay humble 🙏🖤💙
Congratulations! God protect you as you patrol our Commonwealth.
Thank you all for your service and God Bless and Protect you
Congratulations! Y'all be safe out there!!💕
Congratulations! thank you for you dedication and service!
Congratulations to all of the troopers from the 130th Basic.
Congratulations, you deserve the HONOR of all that comes with the title, VIRGINIA STATE TROOPERS.
Thank You ALL, for all the Hard Work you Do! God Bless Each And Everyone of you!
Congratulations Troopers, God Bless you all...Stay Safe you’ve come a long way.
Thank you for your service.
God bless, and God bless America.
Congratulation to all the new officers. Thank you for your upcoming service and please be safe.
I remember this day like it was yesterday. 102nd basic session 2002. Even though I'm not with VSP now. I will always look to the blue and gray as the most prestigious law enforcement agency in VA. Be safe out there graduates.
Congratulations to all wishing you the best as you serve our state. Proud of each one of you. Praying for your safety 💙🇺🇸💙
May the LORD BLESS an keep them safe.
Welcome to the Fraternity my fellow brothers and sisters !!!!!
Stay safe and wrapped in the arms of Jesus!
Congratulations to all!! Awesome career. Stay safe and look out for each other
Congratulations troopers and may God bless and keep you all safe
God bless our State Police and support staff.
Proud of the great work our State Police are doing! God bless you all!
Congratulations and welcome to the Thin Blue Line family!!
Congratulations Cody Winebrenner and to all your fellow Virginia State Troopers! Thank you for your service and may the Lord watch over and protect you all.
Congratulations to Everyone
Congratulations and please be safe!
Congratulations 130th. Welcome to the family.
Blessings and may God release His angels to surround all of you and keep you safe.
The Buckingham County Farm Bureau sponsored a response to active shooter training event Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Buckingham Agriculture Resource Network (BARN) building. The event, presented by Sgt....
For the 59 men & women of the #VSP 130th Basic Session, the countdown has begun to that moment they cross the stage Friday (Oct. 4) to receive their graduation certificates. But all things in due time...as there were a few other important matters to cross off the list first this week... ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to the men and women of the 130th Basic Session. Be safe and best of luck.
Congratulations to all of you! Thank you for your brave service! Be careful ou there
Congratulations to the graduates of VSP 130 all the best and Godspeed!
Awesome. Proud of each and everyone of you.
Congratulations young people 🏆 👍🏿
All that hard work and tough rigorous training is about to pay off CONGRATULATIONS
To 1 and All ! 💙🇺🇸 Back the Blue💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙
Congratulations and a special welcome to those assigned to Areas 17&18.
Congratulations to you all and stay safe out there. Keep up the good work. BLUES ROCK ❤️❤️
Congratulations to all of the graduates of the Virginia State Police Academy 130th Basic Session !! Thank you all for your service and dedication to the Commonwealth 💙🙏😘
Congrats & Be safe!
Congratulations to all. I know today is going to feel like Christmas Eve, because you’ll have a hard time sleeping tonight knowing tomorrow, all your hard work has paid off, you’ll be VSP troopers. The Best there is!!!
Congratulations and the very best to you all
Congratulations brothers and sisters and welcome to the family
Congratulations! Thank you for your service. We a blessed to have you serve us!
Congratulations and thanks to each one for their willingness to serve. I will keep you and your families in my prayers. God Bless
Congratulations, guys! Stay safe out there, and thanks for your service!
Congratulations! Y'all be safe out there!
Congratulations!!!!! Be safe out there. Remember, us old retired guys have your six.
Thank you guys for all you do I pray that JESUS puts his arms around y’all and protects you GOD bless.
Congrats to All Serving The State of VA and God's Speed 🙏🙏 🙏
Congrats and good luck from NJ.
Congrats to each and every one!
Congrats to all! Stay safe Brothers & Sisters!
Sharp group, may God bless them and keep them safe in the future.
Congratulations! Thank you for your service to the State!
Congratulations ! Thank all of you who are going to become troopers! Your dedication to keep us safe is greatly appreciated .
Congratulations on your graduation, Troopers!
Best wishes to each one of you! Thank you for your service❤️
Congrats & Godspeed to our new graduates! 💙
Congratulations and thank you Governor Northam for getting out for a run with our boys and girls in the blue & gray.
Congratulations to all and welcome to the VSP and thank you all stay safe from us.
Congratulations to all, and stay safe when you get out on the roads! I was there for the 111th graduation with my grandson!
Congratulations God bless you all and keep you safe.
Congratulations to all! May God bless and keep each one safe!
Congratulations everyone! May God go with you.
Congratulations and praying for protection
May you make worthwhile careers for yourselves, help those who need it, apprehend those who regard not the law, be civil, courteous, and kind, and always return a good cut up. You are the Ambassadors of Virginia, and you are loved, upheld to the Lord thy God, and appreciated by many of whom you serve. God bless you, and "be careful out there! "
Congratulations and stay safe everyone!
May God bless and protect you!
Congratulations to the 130!
Congratulations and Thank You🖤💙🖤
Congratulations Officer Mike! I wish I could be there!!
Congratulations to you all
Congrats. And kudos to the Governor for stepping up and doing that run. That’s true support not many governors would do
Congratulations to the 130th!!
Congratulations and welcome to a family like no other!
Congratulations to all! Thank you and wishing you all the best in your new career! Stay safe! 💙💙💙💙
May God bless them and keep them all riding as their partner during every tour of duty returning them home safely to their loved ones every single day!! In our Lord’s Holy Name I pray for their safety!
Congratulations to all!!! Job well done!! 🙏🖤💙🙏🖤💙🙏💙
I would say the Governor has the privilege of running with them...
Congratulations to all the new Virginia State Troopers. Thank you for your service and wishing y’all a safe tour of duty today and the days ahead. Stay safe out there 💙🇺🇸💙🇺🇸💙
Congratulations new Virginia State Police Troopers! Prayers for your safety and what a great honor to run with the Governor of Virginia (no matter what political party you pull for)
Congrats. I always think of my dad when I see these posts. He was a proud retired VA State Trooper.
Congratulations and I pray for gods protection on each and every one of you.
Congratulations to you all. Did the governor happen to mention if he was going going to appear on his radio show, "Ask the Governor"?
CONGRATULATIONS! Much love and respect to you! Stand tall, stand proud, and go make a positive difference for us all!
CONGRATULATIONS and thank you gor your services. Be safe. God bless
Congratulations! Thank you for choosing to serve!
Congrats to the new policemen may the Lord protect while you are in the streets protecting us
Congratulations job well done!!! Stay safe...
Love the color in the Virginia War Memorial and God bless and protect all Virginians and those that serve and protect us.
Congratulations to all
Congrats to my daughter....Alex Roberts!
Congratulations be safe out there
Congrats 130th so proud!
Congratulations to everyone🙏🙏
Congratulations to all!
Congratulations VSP Graduates
How far did Northam run, or did he just ride along ? I have all the respect in the world for our State Police .
The #Troopers are having fun and working hard at the State Fair of Virginia. Trooper Muriithi got to see one of his biggest fans, Area 7's Secretary, Brittany Bishop's daughter Laiken. ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
#Virginia #SeniorAlert CANCELLED: Missing Fairfax County Woman has been safely located.
The Fairfax County Police Department is looking for Joan Green Gosser, 78. She is believed to be driving a white, Subaru Outback with Virginia license plate: KNF 4692.
Ms. Gosser has green eyes and brown hair. She is 5'7 in height and weighs 130 lbs. She was last seen Oct. 1, 2019 as she left her residence on Cedar Pond Drive in Fairfax County. Unknown direction of travel.
She suffers from a cognitive impairment and her disappearance poses a credible threat to her health and safety. She may need medical attention.
Please call 911 or contact the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2233.
Active Threat Drill in Purcellville October 10, 2019
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System (LC-CFRS) will be holding a full-scale, emergency drill on Thursday, October 10, 2019, from approximately 7 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in and around Patrick Henry College in Purcellville.
The exercise will focus on emergency response to an active threat on campus in collaboration with local public safety partners, local area hospitals and Patrick Henry College staff and security. The goal of this exercise is to assess the readiness of all of our public safety agencies to assure a coordinated, timely and effective response and recovery in the event of a major incident here in Loudoun County.
There will be significant law enforcement, fire and emergency service present during the exercise. In order to avoid any concern, panic or confusion, all agencies are working together with the Town of Purcellville to ensure that the public is notified ahead of time. Variable message boards will be placed in the immediate area leading up to and on the day of the exercise. Additionally, messages will be issued via social media, Nextdoor, and Alert Loudoun. Please be advised the exercise is closed to the general public.
During the exercise, law enforcement will be located at the entrance to Patrick Henry College off of Berlin Turnpike and strategically located around the immediate area to assist with any traffic delays. Staging areas for drill participants include other locations in the Town of Purcellville.
In addition to LCSO and LC-CFRS, local agencies participating in the exercise include Purcellville Police Department; Leesburg Police Department, Leesburg VA; Virginia State Police; Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office, Inova Loudoun Hospital; Inova Loudoun Hospital Lansdowne; StoneSprings Hospital Center, Loudoun County Office of Emergency Management; Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services; and Air Care Helicopter Medevac service.
Two More #Roanoke Men Arrested in Connection to Eastern Avenue Marijuana Distribution Conspiracy, Shootings: Chad Custer, Darion Harvey Are Fourth Defendants Arrested in Recent Days
Roanoke, VIRGINIA –A pair of Roanoke men, Chad Custer and Darion Harvey, who conspired with others to run a marijuana operation out of a rented, Eastern Avenue home in the City of Roanoke, have been charged in a federal criminal complaint with drug and gun charges. United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen made the announcement today as part of the Western District of Virginia’s ongoing Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative to reduce drug and violent crime.
Custer and Harvey are the latest in a series of arrests tied to the alleged drug operation at the Eastern Avenue home. Earlier this week, Aaron Woods was arrested and charged with federal drug and firearms-related crimes.
“These and other recent arrests reflect the commitment of federal law enforcement and the Roanoke Police Department to respond, in an aggressive manner, to rising levels of violence and organized drug activity in the city,” U.S. Attorney Cullen stated today. “Working collaboratively, we will continue to investigate individuals and groups engaged in these activities and, when appropriate, prosecute them in federal court.”
As alleged in the criminal complaints, Woods, Custer, Harvey, and others had been working together since at least 2017 to distribute large amounts of marijuana from an Eastern Avenue home Woods rented. Law enforcement estimated that a dozen or more individuals would visit the home each day to purchase marijuana from large, vacuum-sealed bags left out on a table. According to witnesses, purchasers streamed in and out throughout the day as others played video games, smoked marijuana and socialized. Witnesses described seeing Woods, Custer and Harvey in possession of firearms, which they kept out on tables or in their waistbands.
Nolan Kyle Harman, also of Roanoke, was charged federally in February of this year for making straw purchases of firearms for Custer, at Custer’s request.
The complaints allege the distribution activity at Woods’ Eastern Avenue residence culminated in a shooting death on July 10, 2018. According to witnesses, three individuals who had earlier in the day left the residence following an argument about a marijuana purchase, returned around 9:45 p.m. Something like a brick was thrown through the front, plate glass window at which point Woods, Harvey and Custer began shooting. Two-way gunfire ensued, resulting in the death of an individual who was shot in the head and neck as he/she apparently attempted to flee the scene. Woods, Harvey, Custer, and others, fled the Eastern Avenue home following the shooting.
Investigation of these cases was conducted by the Roanoke City Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Roanoke County Police Department, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police, and members of the region’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force. Assistant United States Attorney Kari Munro will prosecute these cases for the United States.
These cases were brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
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Unites States Attorney’s Office Announces Arrest of Two Tied to Recent #Roanoke Violence, including Eastern Avenue Shootings
Roanoke, VIRGINIA – Aaron Lee Woods of Roanoke, whose Eastern Avenue home was alleged to have been something like a “fast food operation for marijuana,” was arrested on a federal criminal complaint last week and charged with crimes related to federal drug trafficking and firearms offenses. United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen made the announcement today as part of the Western District of Virginia’s ongoing Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative to reduce drug and violent crime. In a separate criminal complaint, U.S. Attorney Cullen announced the arrest of Tyrik Dausha Merchant on one count of being a convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm.
“These arrests underscore the commitment of federal law enforcement to address drug trafficking and rising levels of violence in Roanoke,” U.S. Attorney Cullen stated today. “We are working closely with our partners at the police department and expect additional federal arrests in the near future.”
As alleged in the criminal complaint, Woods and others not named in court documents were involved in a conspiracy since at least 2017 to distribute large quantities of marijuana in the Roanoke Valley. Woods operated at times from a residence on Eastern Avenue leased in his name. On a typical day, witnesses described a steady stream of marijuana purchases at the house during the afternoon and evening hours. A dozen or more individuals, on average, would stop in to purchase marijuana from large vacuum sealed bags Woods kept on the coffee table in the living room while others played video games and socialized. Witnesses told law enforcement that firearms were frequently in view in the residence, on tables or leaning against the wall during periods of peak distribution.
The complaint alleges that the distribution activity culminated in a shooting death on July 10, 2018 at the Eastern Avenue address. According to witnesses, three prospective marijuana purchasers who left the residence empty-handed earlier in the day returned to the residence around 9:45 p.m. According to witnesses, something like a brick came through the front glass window, at which point two-way gunfire ensued. Woods, and others, began shooting from inside and in front of the residence. During the course of the shootout, one individual was shot in the head and neck and killed during an apparent attempt to flee the scene. Woods and others fled his Eastern Avenue residence following the shooting.
According to a separate complaint, on or about September 14, 2019, Merchant was at the 7-11 convenience store located at 3602 Williamson Rd., N.W. in the City of Roanoke. Witnesses and surveillance cameras showed Merchant approach a vehicle in the 7-11 parking lot, draw a pistol, and fire at the driver of that vehicle from a distance of no greater than four feet away. The driver of the vehicle returned fire, hitting Merchant several times. A Roanoke City Police officer was able to recover Merchant’s pistol from the parking lot where Merchant dropped it. Merchant had previously been convicted of a felony, and so was prohibited from possessing a firearm when these events occurred.
The investigation of these cases was conducted by the Roanoke City Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Roanoke County Police Department, the Virginia State Police, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, and members of the area’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force [HIDTA]. Assistant United States Attorneys Kari Munro and Andrew Bassford will prosecute the cases for the United States.
These cases were brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
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I guess they didn't get the memo from the state lawmakers. All felons must turn in their weapons at once.
Oh wait, I forgot that only applies to honest citizens of Virginia. Criminals and Felons and a** holes are exempt.
24018 here, first, I want to express my deepest gratitude. I have been following this page for about a year, and have been overwhelmed by the incredible work being done. I realize these activities sometimes result in the loss of Virginia’s finest, and I will keep them in my prayers. Finally, work needs to be done in the ROANOKE City area, 24014 & 24016. The meth has moved in about two years ago. They drop a few of them off, they hid in broad day begging for money on our street corners. They push their product and establish an army of addicts, who only care about getting high. Personally, I have 0 compassion for these maggots. They destroy our communities and our children suffer.
It will be best for all of VA to legalize marijuana and put forth drug efforts on far worse like meth and heroin
Leave these guys alone... the governor needs their votes!
#VSP Helps Raise $6,900 for #NorthernNeck Santa Program
On a recent September Saturday, public safety and first responders from across the Northern Neck met up on the Callao Ruritan baseball fields for a charity softball tournament to benefit the Lancaster County Virginia Sheriff's Office's Deputy #Santa Program. The games generated more than $6,900 for the program that aids families during the holiday season in hopes to bring about joy and cheer for those who are less fortunate.
VSP Seeking Tips in #Botetourt County Hit-and-Run of a Pedestrian
At approximately 5:27 a.m. this morning (Sept. 30), #VSP received a report of a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian on Sanderson Drive in Botetourt County.
According to Richard S. Burnett, 30, of Roanoke, Va. he was walking south on Sanderson Drive headed for work, when he was struck by a gold passenger vehicle at approximately 4:30 a.m. Mr. Burnett remained on the roadside for approximately an hour until a passerby stopped to assist him and called 911.
Mr. Burnett was wearing a traffic vest to be visible to traffic while walking. He was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital by a family member for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
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Wow and the car just makes the scenery that much more beautiful. Thank you Sir for the photo and your Service. VSP
OMG that is so beautiful and breathtaking. God paints a beautiful picture ❤️❤️. Thanks so much for sharing. Thanks for all you do and for that God Bless you and stay safe. The Blues are always in my prayers..❤️❤️
Thanks for the beautiful picture I enjoy. Scenery very much.
God’s Amazing masterpiece! Isn’t it amazing how each day is a new day and none of his master piece are alike?
Beautiful photo Trooper Brill! Thanks for sharing with us.
Thanks for your service ❤️🤗💕🙏🏻😇🇺🇸💙
Stay safe Trooper Brill! Thank you for all you do!!
So beautiful. Thanks for the view and VSP protection!
Trooper Brill, you were certainly in the right place at the right moment! Thank you for capturing the beauty and sharing with us. And, Sir, thank you for your service.
VSP should make a calendar with all these GORGEOUS Breathtaking pictures
Beautiful picture Trooper Marshall Brill 😍😍
Great day and perfect weather, nice photo.
Amazing! God Bless the blue family!
Awesome picture thank you for all you do to every police officer out there I back the blue GOD BLESS YOU ALL 💙💙💙💙
Thanks for sharing this spectacular photo. God bless the VSP.
Go, Marshall!! Beautiful pic. Say hi to the rest of the guys for me!
WOW - just wow. Thanks Trooper Brill.
Wow that is gorgeous! We didn't have the same sunset in Fairfax County.
The sky is beautiful, but I think we have the most beautiful State Trooper cars. I have traveled to N.C., and S.C. and theirs just do not compare to the looks of this car. The design and color is awesome.
Beautiful.Thank you for your service be safe.
Great picture Brother
Beautiful ❤️! Thanks so much for your service.
That be a great painting!! Beautiful!!
Thanks for your service. But did you take that picture. 😎
Beautiful and thank you for all your service and sharing that picture!!!
Shared from Winchester. I saw this exact same sky driving back from Stevens City to Winchester on Friday evening.
Thanks for sharing Gods artwork. Thank you for your Service as well.
#VSP extends its prayers and condolences to the #Florida Highway Patrol and the family of Trooper Tracy Vickers and his fellow troopers. #Valor #NeverForgetThe entire Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and #FHP family mourns today for the loss of one of our own, FHP Trooper Tracy Vickers. Trooper Vickers was a hero and leader within the patrol and his troop. We ask that you keep his family in your prayers. #EOW ... See MoreSee Less
Great time this week with #CarrollCounty High School students! The #VSP Wytheville Division Distracted Driving Team talked with the students about the dangers of texting while driving, #DUI, speeding and Virginia's "#MoveOver" law. Sr. Trooper T.L. Branch, Sr. Trooper D.D. Dunford, Trooper S.H. Viars & Sgt. T.H. Dalton Jr. used the Wytheville Division Driving Simulator to help reinforce their traffic safety lessons & messaging. Carroll County VA Public Schools... See MoreSee Less
It's that time of year for all state employees...job performance evaluations. Trooper Billy Burke's expression does make one wonder which rating his #K9 Flash chose for his human handler...🤔 Go easy on him, Flash. He's only got 2 legs to your 4!! 😬😂🐾 ... See MoreSee Less
K9 Flash is a beautiful um officer. I’m sure he does exceptional work in the field. Thank you for your service Flash. Keep up the great job !
I’ve heard this trooper is ruff with the evals! 🤣😀😅😂😁. Thank you both for your service. Be safe!
Every Trooper starts the evaluation year as an exceptional employee and it's the Sergeant's job to bring them down from that level over the next 12 months!
Just ask for a little bit of understanding Trooper Burke.
I meet these two at this year's National night out in Crewe Va. Wonderful officers! God bless you keep you safe and thanks for what you do!
I’m sure he got an excellent evaluation ❤️ if not I’m sure he could be a pain in the butt - I would not turn my back on that big boy 😁😄. Thanks to all the canines and their handler’s. They do a great job in the Commonwealth. We Thank You all.
Negotiation can be ruff. Take a minute to paws, and accept that both are extraordinary contributors to the community!
I’m sure Trooper Burke got a great eval. Flash knows where his food and treats come from.💙🖤
Good job and keep up the great work
Both doing a great job !
Thank you for your service
I think he's asking for a raise. More doggy biscuits!
Wow, what a tough (but so cute) supervisor you have Trooper Burke! I don't think you have a chance to win an argument with him. lol
Looks like this canine warrants an exceptional rating. 🐾❤️
Next year, Trooper Burke, you should start heavy treats 2 weeks before your evaluation and a t-bone dinner the night before.. a little bribery for the boss goes a long way ya know..lol
Trooper Burke's expression is priceless. Suggestion - give Flash a few extra treats and a new chew toy!
When I was a handler with the Michigan State Police, the other Troops told me that if they could they could teach my dog to drive, they wouldn't need me!!!!!
OAN that dog has such a beautiful coat.
He deserves whatever he wants . Officer Cutie-Pie😍
My goodness that dog huge , bet he’s the best ever though lv this picture
Ret. Sgt. Dean says "you got this, Trooper Burke!"
"Settle down pooch … I'm working on your EWP Performance Evaluation!"
Give them both "extraordinary contributor" and a raise. ❤😊
Yesterday’s VIN Etching event at #Triangle Plaza was a success! We appreciate all of our citizens who stopped by to participate and our partners at Virginia State Police and the Manassas City Police Department. Job well done! #HEAT Help Eliminate Auto Theft. Virginia State Police Manassas City Police Department ... See MoreSee Less
With one week to go until graduation, the 59 men & women of the 130th Basic Session have spent their week at the #VSP Driver Training Complex for Mega-Practicals. These practicals are as real as it gets to being on the road...working shifts, patrolling the roads, being dispatched to calls (to include while eating a meal), and so on. The only difference...the violators are seasoned #VSP personnel and it's all done in a controlled environment for the benefit of the trainees to learn from their mistakes and successes. #WhereTroopersAreMade #Valor #Service #Pride ... See MoreSee Less
Keep up the great work. Graduation is coming soon!! Be careful and stay safe. Many prayers to all of you and thank you for your service.
Way to go 130th! Congratulations to all of you and stay safe out there 💙🖤 🚔
Good luck, be safe and Congrats. 👍🚔👮🏻♂️👮🏻♀️💙
So proud of each and every one of the 130th! Continued prayers for all of them and all LEO's out there keeping us all safe.
Thank you each for joining the VSP
Thank you for your willingness to serve and protect. Congratulations, be safe and God Bless!
Very proud of each of you and thank you for joking the ranks of the VSP
Congratulations! May God Bless you all and keep you safe always, we are very proud of you all.
Stay safe troopers! So proud of you all.
Congratulations . Virginia finest
Proud of you all! Looking forward to October 4th. May God keep you safe and endow you with peace and wisdom.
Very proud of all of you. Keep safe and thank you for your service. 🙏
So proud of you all!! You all have worked and studied so diligently to meet the graduation requirements. Thank you in advance for your dedication and promise to Virginia to serve and protect to the best of your ability 💙 love you all
May each and everyone of them be proud and remain safe.
Awesome! Congratulations and good luck to all of the future troopers. Semper Fi.
Congratulations! To all you all be safe!
So proud of everyone from the 130th! Can’t wait to see you all at graduation!!!
Congratulations, stay safe out there
Congratulations to y’all
Congrats be safe
Thank you for your future service to all. Keep safe.
Congratulations to all! Everyone please stay safe!
Sooo proud of each of you. Be safe.
Looks like another excellent team coming out. Congratulations to all of you. See you on the road.
Two Defendants Convicted in Major Drug Conspiracy: Defendants Trafficked Crystal Ice and Other Drugs into Southwest #Virginia from Georgia
Abingdon, VIRGINIA – Two members of a drug distribution organization that trafficked methamphetamine, heroin, oxycodone, cocaine, and other drugs from Georgia into Southwest Virginia were recently found guilty following a five-day jury trial in federal court on drug conspiracy charges, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced.
Roy Lee Dykes, 51, of Watkinsville, Ga., formerly of Big Stone Gap, Va., was convicted of one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, in addition to cocaine, heroin, alprazolam, and oxycodone. Dykes was also convicted of 17 counts of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances on a number of specific dates. At sentencing, Dykes faces a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum statutory penalty of up to life in prison and/or a fine of up to $10 million.
Leila Varetta “Rita” Hector-Dykes, 57, of Watkinsville, Ga., was also convicted of one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, in addition to cocaine, heroin, alprazolam, and oxycodone. Hector-Dykes was also convicted of one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances. At sentencing, Hector-Dykes faces a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum statutory penalty of up to life in prison and/or a fine of up to $10 million.
“Methamphetamine trafficking is currently the greatest threat to public safety in far Southwest Virginia,” U.S. Attorney Cullen stated today. “We will continue to collaborate with our federal, state, and local partners to identify individuals responsible for distributing large quantities of this deadly substance and put them in federal prison.”
“This organization trafficked large amounts of crystal ice into Southwest Virginia. We appreciate the partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal, state, and local law enforcement to crack down on those who transport dangerous drugs into the Commonwealth for distribution,” Virginia Attorney General Herring said today. “Reducing the availability of crystal methamphetamine and other drugs in Southwest Virginia is a high priority for my office. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our law enforcement partners and will continue to aggressively prosecute those who endanger the lives of our citizens.”
In all, 11 individuals were charged as part of this drug trafficking conspiracy. All 11 defendants have now been convicted. Dykes and Hector-Dykes are scheduled for sentencing on December 19, 2019.
According to evidence presented at trial, these defendants conspired to traffic a variety of controlled substances, including methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, morphine, oxycodone, and alprazolam, from sources in Watkinsville, Georgia, into Southwest Virginia for redistribution. The organization operated primarily in Lee and Wise counties from November 2016 through March 1, 2018. Arrests on March 1, 2018, resulted in the seizure of approximately 11 ounces of crystal ice methamphetamine, in addition to heroin, cocaine, morphine, and oxycodone, with an estimated street value of $28,000. Currency totaling approximately $14,000 was also seized from the defendants on that day.
The investigation stemmed from another drug trafficking conspiracy arising out of Lee County, Virginia, involving seven defendants, all of whom have been convicted and sentenced. Another four defendants, including Dykes and Hector-Dykes’ sources of supply, were also identified and prosecuted during the course of these investigations. In total, these investigations have led to the successful prosecution of 22 defendants and removed a conservative estimate of 3.5 pounds of crystal ice methamphetamine from the supply chain in Southwest Virginia.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force, Virginia State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Numerous agencies assisted with search warrant executions and arrests on March 1, 2018, to include the Drug Enforcement Administration, Big Stone Gap Police Department, Lee, Wise, and Scott County Sheriff’s Departments, City of Norton Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals. Special Assistant United States Attorney M. Suzanne Kerney-Quillen, a Virginia Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Attorney General’s Major Crimes and Emerging Threats Section, and Assistant United States Attorney Kari Munro prosecuted this case at trial for the United States. ... See MoreSee Less
I think of all the lives saved because you made the drugs unavailable for sale. Who knows what is in these drugs? Thank you all for your time, hard work and your dedication. I know many agencies work together to make these apprehensions possible. Thank you to all of you.
Thank you to All who helped with this...many lives were saved I'm sure.
keep up the good work.
Thank you for protecting us.
Thank you Virginia State Police 💙 Well done
Great job VSP, and all LLEA’s involved.
Thank you for all you did in getting them put away. Such nasty drugs have made those already odd or off kilter people all the more scary and super crazy when they interact within our society. Admire how you are always there protecting us right from the start of any criminal activity.
Great job, thank you.
Thanks to all you guys, you are the best !!!
I never knew a problem like that existed there. My mother was from Lee county, but that was in the 30s. What a shame.
Great team work!!
Roanoke 24014 is crawling with meth addicts. Specifically the Franklin Road exit off 581/220. And the problem is growing. I’m a local business owner and have witnessed 2 occasions, within the last month, of addicts smoking their glass pipes in public broad day. Is this what we have to look forward to when you let these non-violent offenders walk!?
Great now I can use it to pay a portion of my personal property tax !😂🙄😩
I KNOW the State of Virginia is a BLESSING to those that live here. If you are doing illegal activities, your will not love it. If you are incorrigible, you will not love it. If you think you momma, daddy or anyone else owes you anything, you will not love it. I try to be a good Christian/American citizen....I LOVE VIRGINIA!!!
Love the address!
Thanks for confirming that this is legit. It did make me stop and wonder when I received mine.
Also...I have to nerd out for a second: The address is cute, but has a typo! Sherlock lived at 221 B Baker St. (sorry, couldn't help it)
I didn't get a refund, but I am sure my envelope with my payment to the state was wet with my tears. 😢😂🤷🏾♀️
Nice surprise from the commonwealth. Thank you. I cashed mine right away.
Oddly, my neighbor found mine in the street. I'm not sure what happened there.
I'll just bank mine for tax time.... they'll just tax it as income and I'll have to pay taxes on a " refund" of my own darn money ...😂
Is this additional to the refund I received from Virginia earlier this year?
Received mine, correct amount
And the mystery of where Sherlock Holmes moved too has been solved
If it came addressed to Sherlock Holmes, I would return it😊
With all the talk about these being in the mail wonder how many have been stolen out of mail boxes....
I got one that was a bill instead 😅
My husband hasn't gotten his yet.
We got ours
Got ours and amount was right,
"Sherlock Holmes"? What happened to "John Doe"?
Didn't know I was getting a refund.
Haven't got mine
Havent got mine
Haven’t gotten one
Got mine but it wasn't what they said the amount would be
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