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Auxiliary officers to be trained in CB

The announcement of the Rappahannock Criminal Justice Academy for auxiliary police officers has sparked Colonial Beach Police Department to reserve two places in anticipation that the council will vote in favor of a resolution to authorize auxiliary officers.

Colonial Beach Police Chief, Kenneth Blevins Sr. told committee members, “We are already a charter member of the Rappahannock Criminal Justice Academy so the classes will add no extra cost to the department. The auxiliary are supplied uniforms but the individuals will provide equipment.”

Auxiliary police officers are used in all capacities in law enforcement to supplement regular full time officers to include special events, natural disasters, normal patrol, etc., as needed once they have completed all the required training.

The training schedule for auxiliary is conducted two to three evenings a week and on Saturdays for approximately eleven months, unlike paid officers who complete a full time academy in four months. The flexible schedule allows auxiliaries to continue to maintain other employment.

Auxiliaries do however receive the same level of training as traditional paid officers before completion of their academy.


Blevins said in an interview on Monday that police departments have been using auxiliary officers all over the Commonwealth and other states as well for many years but it requires authority from the town council and requested at March Public Safety Committee Meeting that council pass a resolution to authorize Thomas Perroni and Bryan Flanagan as auxiliary police officers.

Blevins stated that the Colonial Beach Police Department has had an auxiliary program for many years prior to his employment with the CBPD but has been inactive in recent years mainly due to increased mandates and the unavailability of an auxiliary academy.

Blevins told the committee members that Rappahannock Criminal Justice Academy just announced they have created and scheduled an auxiliary academy for officers wishing to join the program.

“We have had several inquiries and two applications.” Blevins told the Committee adding, “Now that there is academy training we can utilize these officers.”

With the criminal justice academy’s new program, most likely more volunteers will come forward. Blevins said, “We have had interested persons for well over a year and were just waiting for an academy to be scheduled. Once they have completed training, they are considered to be a police officer except, they are not compensated for their time. It is a voluntary program but requirements are the same as paid officers which is a huge savings for the town.”

Colonial Beach Police Department has completed its second term in accreditation and its yearly review. Chief Kenneth Blevins Sr. reported at the Colonial Beach Public Safety Committee meeting, concerning the accreditation review, “Everything is right on the money.”

Walk against, ride with!
Chief Blevins and Burkett Lyburn, Colonial Beach Public Safety Committee Chairman, want to remind citizens to be safe this summer.
Walkers must walk facing traffic to ensure the ability to move out of the way of oncoming traffic. Several streets in Colonial Beach run from east to west. Driver visibility on First Street is particularly bad in the afternoon.

The law states that moving vehicles such as bikes must ride with the traffic.

By memorizing the phrase “walk against, ride with” you can easily remember the rule.

Blevins and Lyburn also ask that since summer is coming and people may catch themselves walking after dark to please wear reflective or light clothing to avoid being unseen by drivers.

Often the glare of oncoming vehicle headlights makes visibility of dark clothing much harder.

Vehicle town stickers:
Colonial Beach Police Chief, Kenneth Blevins Sr. said the police department will not issue tickets for expired town stickers until after April 30. Town stickers expired on March 31. By law you must display new stickers on your windshield by April 30.

Reporting streetlight out:
During a discussion at the Public Safety Committee meeting on streetlights, Police Chief Blevins said their officers cannot take the time to inventory expired streetlights. Committee member Jim Chiarello advises that there are simple features on the Dominion Power website and an automated option on their phone line to report burnt out streetlights. Visit www.dom.com or call (800) DOM-HELP.

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