- Why should I get VSI Certified? What are the benefits?
The VSI Certification program was created to recognize the continued individual professional development that Virginia’s sheriffs and deputies undertake each day to make their communities safer. VSI certification demonstrates to fellow law enforcement personnel and the community that a sheriff or deputy has continued to work on learning new skills, attending additional training, or furthering their education above and beyond the core requirements of their position.
Sheriffs and deputies who achieve certification will be awarded a certificate by the Performance Management Group at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. They will also be recognized at the annual VSI conference, and may use the designation “VSIC” professionally.
- How does the program work?Applicants must have a designated minimum total of points in four categories for initial certification: Public Safety Experience, Education, Training and Professional Development. For recertification, applicants must have a designated minimum total of points in Public Safety Experience, Training and Professional Development. Specific information about how points are tallied is available in the program guidebook.
- What happens to the documents I submit with my application?Applicants should submit copies of all records as paper versions will be digitized for review and then destroyed. If you are submitting your application electronically, all documents must be scanned and attached as a PDF with the application. Paper documents will not be returned.
- How will I be notified of the committee’s decision?The Certification Committee is comprised of a diverse group of Virginia sheriffs appointed by the VSI Board of Directors. The committee reviews all applications with the assistance of VCPI, to ensure applicants to the certification program represent the best public safety practices as outlined in the program guidebook.
The committee will make its final decision on all candidates by March 15, and will notify applicants subsequently. Applicants who have had their applications rejected or held for additional documentation will be notified and given a deadline date to respond to the committee.
- I want to appeal the committee’s decision. How do I do that?
- Does mandated training count towards certification?Basic skills training or other training conducted to maintain minimum job or skill proficiency cannot be claimed towards certification.
- I just completed my second year as a deputy in Virginia, but I was a deputy in another state for four years. Does that time count towards certification?No, only time spent as a Virginia sheriff or deputy counts towards certification. Duly elected or sworn sheriffs, or full-time deputies with at least three (3) years of public safety experience with any sheriff’s office in Virginia may apply for certification.