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    Chapman joins high-level officials at the White House to discuss immigration reform

    Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman took a trip to Washington D.C. Wednesday to discuss securing the country's borders, immigration issues affecting local police agencies and the importance of immigration reform.

    Chapman joined Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, senior law enforcement officials from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and former New York, Los Angeles and Boston Police Chief Bill Bratton at the White House, according to a statement released Thursday.

    Chapman and other law enforcement officials discussed the roles, responsibilities, concerns and impact local law enforcement has with undocumented immigrants in their respective communities.

    “It was an honor to be asked to participate in this small, select group of law enforcement officials chosen, nationwide, to meet at the White House and to discuss immigration reform,” Chapman said in a statement. “I was happy to hear a variety of opinions, suggestions, and solutions offered by the attendees, and to represent our community concerns in the immigration debate.”

    Chapman, a first-time sheriff in Loudoun County who took office in 2012, spent decades with the DEA.

    The sheriffs and chiefs had the chance to examine a multitude of ideas and concerns with IACP President Craig T. Steckler, DHS Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Alan Bersin, Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West and Director of White House Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz about the challenges and successes in their local jurisdictions. They were also briefed on current policy and programs.

    On Feb. 4, a bipartisan group of senators released a framework for broad immigration reform including a conditional path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, reforms to the legal immigration system based upon the needs of the economy, creation of an employment verification system and an improved process for admitting future workers.

    This is a developing story. Check back to LoudounTimes.com for more information as it becomes available.

    Comments

    Thankyou Sheriff Chapman… I expect and demand a full time SWAT team.  I thought we always had one.

    I want to know that when I call 911 Deputies will show up and I want to know that when they need help there is a trained professional unit that has the best and latest weapons, training and experience to get the job done.

    I dont want some podunk part time good ole boys coming to the rescue…

    I want, my neighbors want, our HOA wants fulltime professionals.

    I for one support swat “being in the gym”, I hate the look of fat, over weight sloppy officers.

    Thank you Sheriff for keeping us safe.


    More hyperbole!


    God takes particular interest in law enforcement to ensure they are ruling and discharging their duties justly: “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases” (Proverbs 21:1). God reserves the right to intervene where necessary. This is where our prayers take action.

    God uses the Body of Christ to uphold the governing authorities for that very purpose. We must pray relentlessly for those who protect our families, homes and community. In this way we ensure a strong bond is established between citizen and the county employees whose foremost responsibility is to maintain our much cherished community security.


    I wish Chapman would spend less time playing politics with his federal chums and then releasing prepared statements and spend more time dealing with the local issues affecting Loudoun Co.  In the article about all the unsolved burglaries in the western part of the county he said it was hard to provide adequate patrol coverage due to manpower needs.  After he was elected he decided to pull a half dozen patrol officers from their shifts and make a SWAT team, a need that was already being fulfilled.  How many times has this team actually been used on major events?  I understand they spend most of their day lifting weights.  The dept. already had a SWAT team composed of highly trained deputies who did this in conjunction with their regular patrol jobs.  The very few times they were needed they always got the job done.  Now just to maintain this luxury team the number of patrol positions has been reduced.  To think that these positions could have been used to adequately staff the western end of the County.  The taxpayers aren’t getting any bang for their buck here.

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