Panebianco named president of VACP

At the Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of the Chiefs of Police, Middleburg Police Chief Anthony “A.J.” Panebianco was named president of VACP for 2021-2022.

Chief Panebianco has served on the VACP Executive Committee for seven years, most recently as first vice president, and is the 95th President of VACP. His term as president is the first time a jurisdiction as small as Middleburg has been represented in this official capacity.

“I am honored to represent the Town of Middleburg, the more than 600 members of VACP, and all police officers serving in law enforcement across the Commonwealth,” said Chief Panebianco. “We are at a crucial time of very important reforms in policing, to include additional emphasis on high-standards of conduct for officers and investment in training for crisis intervention.”

Over the coming year, it is expected that police reforms will continue to be a key topic of discussion with the Governor, the General Assembly, and communities across Virginia.

Mayor Bridge Littleton said, “The Town is appreciative of Chief A.J.’s continued commitment to the tenets of law enforcement that encourage partnerships with communities and ensure public safety. I commend Chief A.J. for this leadership role and am grateful that Middleburg’s history of effective community policing can support law enforcement across the Commonwealth.”

More information about VACP can be found at:

Front, L to R: Immediate Past President – Chief Maggie DeBoard, Herndon Police Department; Second VP – Chesterfield County Police Chief Col. Jeffrey S. Katz; President – Chief A.J. Panebiano; First VP – Chief Keith Hartman, Buena Vista Police Department; Third VP – Chief Craig Branch, Germanna Community College Police. Back, L to R: At-Large Board Members – Chief Angela Greene, Lexington VA Police Department; Chief Travis Christian, Petersburg Bureau of Police; Chief Kamran Afzal, Hopewell Police Department; Chief John Clair, Marion Police Department; Chief Scott Booth, Danville Police Department. Photo Courtesy of VACP.

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