Proud of our past, excited for our future
The Virginia Community Policing Institute (VCPI) formed as part of a national network of Regional Community Policing Institutes (RCPIs). VCPI’s role was to develop and deliver innovative community policing training to law enforcement agencies, community groups and others involved in public safety throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
VCPI released the Problem Solver’s Challenge© the first of many effective and fun VCPI tools aimed at challenging participants to solve problems, develop partnerships and use prevention strategies.
VCPI recognized an opportunity to increase services and effectiveness by becoming a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization. Affording law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve a broader spectrum of high-quality, low-cost training and services.
Expanding its reach to new audiences, VCPI supported the development of our youth by participating in Law Enforcement Explorer Camps, youth gun violence programs and facilitating a series of forums to assist area high school students in building racial and cultural understanding.
Always seeking to identify and connect needs with creative solutions, VCPI developed MOUSETRAPTM. This interactive CD was uniquely aimed at educating parents and teachers about the dangers to children posed by the Internet. It was distributed to over 30,000 concerned adults worldwide.
VCPI marked a milestone, training 10,000 public-safety professionals and engaged community members through innovative and interactive programs.
Though the foundation of VCPI will always be built on community policing principles, VCPI’s expansion and growth necessitated the adoption of a new name. Virginia Center for Policing Innovation better reflects the broad range of topics and services we offer.
VCPI celebrated 10 years of providing collaborative, creative and interactive training for 25,000 participants.
Recognizing VCPI’s proven ability to address a broad spectrum of issues and program scopes of all sizes VCPI was tasked by the Supreme Court of Virginia to improve Virginia’s courthouse safety as part of the Virginia Judicial Security Initiative. VCPI developed and delivered an 80-hour Advanced Court Security course, the first of its kind in the country; conducted courthouse security assessments for nearly every courthouse in Virginia; and developed and delivered a 24-hour Residential Threat Assessment course.
In response to the increased demand for web-based training, VCPI developed and launched its first online course, Unsolved Cases: Cold Case Analysis Training for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors. Since that initial offering, VCPI continues to expand its eLearn opportunities and use of technology-based simulations to impact learning.
VCPI’s ability to serve public safety in agencies large and small, from coast to coast, led three federal agencies to place their national training initiatives in the hands of VCPI. Each began as an idea and was developed by VCPI into a full-fledged, comprehensive, nationwide training program: Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security, an extensive instructor development course delivered for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; Combating Violence through Conflict Mitigation another instructor development course for the Bureau of Justice Assistance; and a continuation of Unsolved Cases: Cold Case Analysis Training for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors for the National Institute of Justice.
VCPI has been entrusted with critical public-safety initiatives due to our successful program management and demonstrated longevity. Six years ago, VCPI began our crucial role in implementing the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) program in Virginia’s local and regional jails. VCPI’s role continues today as we work to create awareness of the automated service that allows victims and others to track the custody status of incarcerated offenders.
In one of its most impactful and rewarding endeavors to date, VCPI partnered with the USDOJ, COPS Office to invite the nation’s police community to join a 2500 year-old conversation on ethical decision making. Tapping into many of the greatest minds in human history, VCPI designed a timeless professional development program on Policing with Principled Insight, initiating a complete shift in our thought processes and training approaches on this critical subject. Today more than ever, stressing police ethics as simply a means of discouraging bad behavior is wholly insufficient; police ethics must not be a mere after-thought, but rather a controlling insight that informs and guides from an internal, personal capacity. VCPI proudly continues to offer this comprehensive program through classroom training, instructor-level training, online education and resources.
Building upon an effective, established partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, VCPI has been selected to serve the National Training and Technical Assistance Center (BJA NTTAC) as an official training and technical assistance (TTA) provider. In this capacity, VCPI engages individual public-safety agencies nationwide to provide guidance, expertise, training, and collaborative support, all tailored to meet their specific assistance needs and organizational goals. VCPI looks forward to serving our nation’s public-safety community, alongside BJA NTTAC, for years to come.
Uniquely positioned as a national training and technical assistance provider, VCPI is reshaping policing with training such as Ethical Decision Making: Policing with Principled Insight... Reinvigorating public safety through professional development such as Navigating the Leadership Challenge... Helping organizations realign with programs such as Evidence-Based Policing Practices: Homicide & Violent Crime Reduction and Community Policing Training and Technical Assistance (CPTTAP).
Committed to living up to its name, the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation is advancing public safety with a simple concept: Positive change happens one day and one person at a time…One plus One plus One is how VCPI makes a difference.