Editor: As my time as Leesburg Chief of Police draws to a close, I wanted to take an opportunity to thank you, the members of this wonderful community, for all of your support, guidance and understanding over these past 16 years.
During my tenure we have seen our community experience significant growth and changes. We have also seen some trying times such as the day-long hostage situation in 2009, the serial stabber/killer in 2010 and the blizzards. Through it all our mission has remained steadfast and that was to provide the highest quality of police services.
Like many of you I have raised my family in Leesburg. Two finished high school while living here and the third was just starting college when we moved to Leesburg. While we didn’t come far (Montgomery County, MD), the small-town atmosphere we found here created a great place to raise a family. The warmth and welcoming we felt from day one is something that our family will not forget.
Professionally, my goal was to leave the Leesburg Police Department a better place than when I arrived. I hope I achieved that. What I can tell you is that the men and women of the Police Department are some of the finest public safety personnel that you will ever find. Their knowledge, skill, dedication and most of all their compassion puts them at the top of the profession. Thanks to our members, this department is the only one in the commonwealth and one of the few in the country to have received multiple national recognitions and awards in community policing and innovative policing.
When I was sworn in as chief, I quoted Robert Kennedy in my remarks by saying, “Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.” I pledged to you that we would give you the best law enforcement we could because you deserved it; I hope you feel that we succeeded.
Again thank you for your support in keeping our community safe. The kindness and support that you have shown the department staff over my years is an example of the true fabric of our community, a great place to live.
Joseph R. Price, Leesburg
[Chief Price retires effective March 1 after leading the Police Department for 16 years.]