2017 Virginia Law Enforcement
11:59PM on FRIDAY,
MAY 5, 2017
** NOTE: IACP IS NOT HOLDING A NATIONAL CHALLENGE IN 2017. There will only be a Virginia competition.**
2017 Application (for 2016 Activities)
PREPARING FOR YOUR APPLICATION
Seriously... nearly everything you need to know about how to enter the Challenge is in this guide.
You can also review Model Entries from last year's winning agencies.
COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION
Download the fillable APPLICATION FORM in your preferred format:
Answer each question to the best of your ability. It's okay if an answer is "NO"... just explain why in the ATTACHED NARRATIVES.
A complete application includes BOTH the FORM & the REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS!!! (See below.)
SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
Applications should be submitted electronically directly to the VACP via EMAIL. Please email a copy of your submission to VLEC@VACHIEFS.ORG by 11:59 PM on FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017.
You will receive an email reply if your application is successfully received. This is not an AUTO reply... the email receipt will be manually sent from the Virginia Coordinator after they have verified everything was received properly and completely. As such, there may be a delay in receiving a confirmation email.
NOTES ABOUT YOUR APPLICATION & ATTACHMENTS
- Agencies should have TWO attachments for EACH section in a PDF, Word, or PowerPoint format PLUS the APPLICATION FORM.
Agencies should make sure the attachments contain the qualifying and quantifying information needed to answer the questions in the subsections as specified in the How-To Guide (Problem Identification, Policy, Planning, Training, Public Information & Education, Enforcement, and Outcomes).
Attachments should be properly named as per the How-To Guide. Files that are incorrectly named may not be available for judges to evaluate.
- Application form
- Occupant Protection section of the application
- Occupant Protection-related policies (enforcement and officer belt use)
- Impaired Driving section of the application
- Impaired Driving enforcement policy
- Speeding section of the application
- Speeding enforcement policy
- Local Issue section of the application
- Any policies/orders pertaining to the specified “Local Issue”
- OPTIONAL: Special Award(s) section(s) — if different from OP, DUI, speed or designated local issue
Each attachment is limited to 10 pages and a file size of 10MB.
- OPTIONAL: AgencyName_SpecialAward-Name.pdf
There will be multiple divisions within the Municipal and Sheriff categories based on agency size. The number of agency categories will be determined from the spread of agency sizes submitted for those three categories AFTER the application process closes.
||Special Award Consideration
Municipal Police (Town, City, County Police)
||Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety - Local Police
|Regional Enforcement Efforts
|Special Law Enforcement (Airports, DMV, ABC, etc.)
|Private Police (Aquia Harbor, Wintergreen, etc.)
||Traffic Incident Management
Step-by-Step Guide to the 2017 LEC Application (PDF)
9 Tips to Jumpstart Your LEC Application (PDF)
Model Applications from 2016 – These are excellent examples of how best to organize your application information for the judges. Each of these was a winning entry in the 2016 Virginia and/or National Challenges.
- Ashland Police Department – VaLEC:1st place, M2 & Special Award - Impaired Driving; NLEC: 2nd place, M1
- Arlington County Police Department – VaLEC: 2nd place, M6; NLEC: 3rd place, M5
- Harrisonburg Police Department – VaLEC: 1st place, M4 & Special Award - Motorcycle Safety
- Henrico County Division of Police – VaLEC: 1st place, M7; NLEC: 1st place, M5
- Herndon Police Department – VaLEC: 1st place, M3
- Roanoke County Police Department – VaLEC: 1st place, M5 & Special Award - Occupant Protection; NLEC: 2nd place, M4
- Roanoke Police Department – VaLEC: 1st place, M6 & Special Award - Speed Awareness; NLEC: 3rd place, M4
- Virginia Beach Police Department – VaLEC: 1st place, M8 & Special Award - Bike/Ped; NLEC: 2nd place, M5 & Special Award - Bike/Ped
- Gloucester County Sheriff's Office – VaLEC: 1st place, S4; NLEC: 1st place, S2
- Hanover County Sheriff's Office – VaLEC: 1st place, S6; NLEC: 3rd place, S3
- Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office – VaLEC: 1st place, S2 & Commonwealth Award Winner; NLEC: 1st place, S1 & NSA Top Sheriff's Traffic Unit
- Metro Washington Airports Authority Police Department – VaLEC: 1st place, Special Enf. & Special Award - Distracted Driving; NLEC: 1st place, Special Enf.
- Fort Eustis Police Department – VaLEC: 1st place, Military & Special Award - CMV Safety; NLEC: 3rd place, Military
LEC Marketing Flyer (PDF)
Related Awards Programs – Saved By the Belt & Bag Awards, Looking Beyond the License Plate, Vehicle Theft Awards of Merit, J. Stannard Baker Awards
Law Enforcement Challenge Webinars
RECORDED 2015 WEBINAR #3: Improving Traffic Safety Programs through the LEC (Recorded 4/09/15.)
NOTES from 2015 WEBINAR #2: IACP National Law Enforcement Challenge (PDF)
RECORDED 2015 WEBINAR #1: NLEC Quick-Start Guide (Recorded 1/20/15.)
Frequently Asked Questions
1) NUMBER of SWORN PERSONNEL & NUMBER of PATROL OFFICERS
There have been several questions pertaining to the number of officers question on the application. The "Total Number of Sworn Personnel" question is asking for the number of ALL FULL-TIME sworn officers/deputies in your agency, regardless of their assignment (patrol, investigations, court, etc.). You DO NOT count part-time personnel. The total number of full-time, sworn personnel in your agency determines which category your agency competes in in the Challenge.
For Sheriff's Offices... count only your full law enforcement deputies, not your jail/court deputies.
The "Total Number of Patrol Officers" is asking for the number of full-time, sworn officers/deputies your agency has that work patrol. This information is used by the judges to evaluate your department's enforcement activities (number of special enforcement activities conducted, number of citations/warnings issued, etc.). In most cases, the number of patrol officers is less than the total number of sworn personnel, except in the case of small department's where every officer – including the chief! – runs radar and writes tickets.
2) Will there be a DEADLINE EXTENSION?
NOT LIKELY. If you are finding that you will have a problem meeting the deadline, please contact the Virginia Challenge coordinator (see below) BEFORE abandoning your entry all together.
you have any questions about the program or the application
process, please feel free to contact one of the following
VACP Communications Manager & VA Law Enforcement Challenge Coordinator
Office Phone: (804) 285-8227; Mobile Phone: (804) 512-5162; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org