Hello, VCSA Friends!
If before 06-22-2016 you tried to book your hotel room for the upcoming symposium and discovered that the code published in the Tipster did not work, you were not the only one. The Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center has fixed the problem, and you can now book your room online using the code published … or …
Make it easy on yourself and use this link –> http://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=1660700&hotelID=98400
Did you have an opportunity to look at the training agenda? Did you realize that DCJS is giving PIC credits for the law-enforcement attendees? Follow this link to learn more –>
We look forward to seeing you in Williamsburg!
The VCSA Executive Board has firmed up the dates and location for the 2016 training symposium. The symposium is scheduled for Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016 at Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg, VA.
The agenda this year will cover topics that will prove relevant to ALL programs, whether long-standing or fledgling. The idea is to insure that ALL our Crime Solvers/Stoppers/Line programs are operating in such a way as to exemplify integrity and effectiveness. While each program will undoubtedly have its jurisdictionally-appropriate differences, their are right and wrong ways to handle certain components of the program.
The agenda will be taking a 2-track approach, making it relevant to everyone in attendance. As a teaser … the Board/Public track will provide information on branding and marketing, while our LE (that’s law-enforcement) partners will hear topics applicable to the investigation of tips. There will be training available both Friday and Saturday during the symposium. PLEASE start now making plans. Go to your board and insist that new members have their attendance secured paid for. Believe us … you will NOT be disappointed.
It is always great to see Crime Solvers, Stoppers, Line programs doing what they can to support the needs and safety of its residents. In addition to being available for ANY unsolved crimes in and people wanted by their localities, some programs take initiatives to address specific problems faced by the jurisdictions they encompass … like this effort from the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers program:
An update from YOUR VCSA Executive Committee.
We are working hard to put together a GREAT training symposium for the late-September, early-October time frame. We are looking into hotels in Williamsburg, VA right now and are excited about the prospects. When we have more details, we will publish them on our Website and Facebook pages.
As we research the hotels, more importantly we are trying to come up with an agenda that will appeal to ALL of our programs. What we want to do is give EVERY program a reason to send a representative, to make the symposium worth the trip to Williamsburg. To get us in that direction, we need to know what topics would cause your program to say, “We really need to hear what they say about that!” What is it that would cause YOUR program to say that? Let us know, please, by sending us a message. We cannot guarantee that we can cover EVERY topic if we get a lot of them, but we will do our best to make useful that which we do present.
A special note to all of our program friends and family … VCSA membership dues notices are being prepare and will be mailed shortly. While we believe the fee is nominal for the value of the connections you have access to, we want to know if there is something you believe could make the VCSA even MORE of a great value. We understand and agree that no one wants to spend any money on a service or product that we have no use for. Believe us, just having the networking list of people we have makes membership worth while, because you can tap into a vast depth of successes, mistakes, challenges and triumphs and LEARN from other programs so as to make yours even stronger.
As you may have read in the latest blog post, our President, Shelley Broderick, retired from the Fairfax Police Department and is ready to jump into a new, exciting season in her life and the lives of her family. The VCSA Board of Directors would like to give a huge, “THANK YOU” to Shelley for stepping up and leading this fine organization. We know she will do well with her new-found freedom, and we hope (by putting this in an official blog post) we can shame her into keeping in contact with us so we know her family is doing well.
So … the VCSA recently held a meeting to discuss this change, as well as to begin planning the 2016 Training Symposium. In walks Kevin Bacon (no … not THAT one … ME … the local one). I was a bit late, so the meeting had already started (in my defense, I was running late because of a conversation with a Crime Solvers caller). The next thing you know, I’m being stared at and asked if I would be willing to take the presidency.
“You want me to be the wah??”
I will spare you the rest of the details and the subsequent discussions with my supervisors. I have accepted the VCSA Presidency through 2016 and will do my best to support our Crime Stoppers causes. We have a pretty incredible Executive Committee, so I’m sure the year will be productive! If there are questions, concerns, opinions, rants, desperate pleas that you would like to make, please feel free to email any of us on the Executive Committee. Better still, ask me/us in person, by planning to be in attendance at the Fall Training Symposium. I’ll write more soon. In the mean time, have a blessed week … and BE SAFE!
Greetings fellow Crime Solvers board members and coordinators. I hope the approaching holiday season finds you all excited for time spent with family and friends and celebrating the joy of the season.
I want to share some news with all of you. My husband and I have both announced our retirement from the police department. I will officially retire March 4, 2016 but will be taking a fair amount of leave in January and February. This news is both exciting for us and bittersweet. I will tell you that I have loved my career and particularly the past 14 years spent as the coordinator for my local program, Fairfax County Crime Solvers. Leaving will not be easy but my family is very excited to move north for our next adventure!
I have communicated with my fellow VCSA board members and decided that I will step down from my executive board position, effective January 1. This will allow the board to elect a new president in their January meeting and move forward with the New Year.
I want to take a moment to personally thank each and every one of you whom I have had the pleasure of speaking with and working alongside during my time as a coordinator and serving on the VCSA board. I have truly enjoyed the teamwork and networking.
I wish you all a joyous Christmas season and a healthy, prosperous New Year! Should you need to reach someone on the VCSA Board, please contact my fellow board members, whose contact information is listed on both the blog and website.
I may be reached by email through the middle to end of February should you need to contact me. email@example.com
I wish you all the best!
MPO Shelley Broderick
It is hard to believe that October will be here in a matter of days! Our Annual Training Symposium is just 16 days away! There is still time to register but you’ll want to sign up quickly! We made some minor adjustments to our training agenda and we are including the new version here. VCSA 2015 AGENDA – 3
Remember that we are offering DCJS credits for our Friday sessions. This is always a benefit for our law enforcement coordinators.
We’ll have our buses lined up, ready to take our attendees to the Smithsonian Udvar Hazy Air & Space Center on Friday afternoon! This is a great place to visit and we are certain you will enjoy your time there.
Our Friday evening dinner will consist of a BBQ with some fun in our networking suite. We will run a silent auction, as well as our 50/50 raffle and some fun games of Corn Hole with the chance to win one of our new Corn Hole games!
There is much to do in the area, so bring your family and stay a day or two extra to take in all the activities!
We are in our final stages of planning and look forward to seeing you all there! We are grateful for the support of our 2015 Official Symposium Sponsor, Dominion Corporate Security! If you have any questions, please reach out to us! See you all soon!