Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Response Network and Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) Announce First Ever Mandatory Online In-Service Course "Commonwealth of Virginia Law Enforcement Legal Updates"

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP), together with The Response Network, today announced the immediate availability of a new online in-service training course called “The Commonwealth of Virginia Law Enforcement Legal Updates and Changes in the Law.” Regular legal training is mandated for all Virginia sworn law enforcement officers. The course is available at, the 100% online in-service law enforcement training portal owned and operated by The Response Network.

The new course makes its debut as the Galax and Covington, Virginia Police Departments join the growing list of Virginia law enforcement agencies turning to The Response Network to meet their online in-service training requirements.

“The Commonwealth of Virginia Law Enforcement Legal Updates and Changes in the Law” is a mandated and highly important Legal Updates course that was architected and managed by Mr. Randy Means, who is Director of Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance for The Response Network, as well as a highly regarded career law enforcement training professional and nationally recognized constitutional law legal scholar. In addition to Mr. Means, The Response Network retained other Virginia-based law enforcement officers whose sub-specialties are legal updates, as well as other current and former Virginia prosecutors highly familiar with the Virginia Legal Updates process.

“The design, quality and value pricing of this course is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Dana Schrad, Executive Director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. “Now officers can have a training tool to call upon 24/7 over an entire year to insure their knowledge on the critical changes in the law are learned and retained.”

“The development of this critically important online legal updates course is a testament to the power of the partnership that exists between the VACP and The Response Network,” explained Bradley J. Naples, President of The Response Network. “We will continue to work closely with the leadership of the VACP to provide an ongoing series of cutting edge, cost-effective online in-service training courses that engage and educate Virginia law enforcement officers.”

In addition to its partnership with the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP), The Response Network’s training programs are also endorsed by Brit Insurance, The FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the Association of Public Safety-Communications Officials (APCO).

A growing number of agencies nationwide have adopted The Response Network’s online training program, including metropolitan Detroit Police Department, the Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff's Office, the Saint Augustine, Florida Police Department, the Saint John's Sheriff's Department, the Clayton, Ohio Police Department, the Park Ridge, Illinois Police Department, the Aberdeen, South Dakota Police Department, the Ocean City, Delaware Police Department, the Story County Sheriff's Department in Ames, Iowa, and the Lincoln, New Hampshire Police Department, among others.

The VACP, formed in 1926, is an incorporated non-profit professional association. Its membership of more than 600 is made up of active and retired federal, state, local, campus and private law enforcement and criminal justice agency executives, administrators and managers. Membership also includes persons in law enforcement related businesses, support industries or government agencies. The purpose of the VACP is "to promote the professional development of all executive and management personnel within duly constituted law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia; to encourage close cooperation of all law enforcement agencies in the prevention of crime, detection of crime and the apprehension of those responsible for the commission of crimes; to promote the highest standards of the police profession through selection and training of law enforcement officers and generally pledge and strive for the highest degree of respect for law and order throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia." is owned and operated by The Response Network Inc. The Response Network's mission is to develop and deliver to law enforcement and public safety professionals a complete curriculum of educational courseware that meets their needs for everything from in-service training to degree granting programs. For more information, visit or call 1-877-288-0451.

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