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TOL PR 2016-01-05 Chief Price Retirement Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Leesburg Chief of Police Joseph Price to Retire March 1, 2016 Leesburg, VA (January 5, 2016) – Leesburg Chief of Police Joseph R. Price announced yesterday that he will retire on March 1, 2016. “Chief Price’s retirement announcement is a bittersweet moment for the Town of Leesburg and myself,” said Kaj Dentler, Leesburg Town Manager. “I am very happy for him to be able to retire after a such a successful 40 year career in law enforcement including 16 years as Chief of Police for the Town of Leesburg. Chief Price has faithfully served and protected the Town in his role while being recognized both nationally and regionally. His leadership and guidance transitioned our police department to the professional organization that it is today with a philosophical focus on being a guardian of our community versus just a warrior mentality. His commitment to community policing and positive interactions with our residents and businesses reflect his dedication to serve everyone in our community, and will have an everlasting impact on the Town of Leesburg. From a personal standpoint, I will miss his professional guidance and support, and I wish him the very best as he pursues his next chapter in life.” Chief Price has led the Leesburg Police Department since March 1, 2000. During his sixteen -year tenure, the Town’s population nearly doubled, from 28,000 to 50,000, and the Police Department grew from 58 sworn officers to 87. Under Chief Price, the Leesburg Police Department was accredited by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services for the first time in 2006, and achieved reaccreditation in 2010 and 2014. Most recently, the Leesburg Police Department received the 2015 Webber-Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Motorola. This annual award recognizes agencies that have implemented innovative projects focused on enhancing quality in law enforcement. The Leesburg Police Department was recognized for its Organized Retail Crime Initiative. In addition, the department received Community Policing Awards from the IACP in 2014 and 2006. Prior to joining the Leesburg Police Department, Chief Price was with the Montgomery County Maryland Police Department for 25 years. While serving with Montgomery County, he held a variety of ranks and positions including Training Commander, Operations Officer, District Commander, and Bureau Chief. Chief Price holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton, and an MBA from the American University in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police. He is the current Chair of the Northern Virginia Chiefs and Sheriffs Group, former Chair of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, and a member of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In addition to his law enforcement career, Chief Price had a distinguished career in the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. Chief Price is an active member of the Rotary Club of Leesburg. He and his wife, Lori, currently reside in Leesburg and have three children and two grandchildren. # # #