Chapman Attacks Board of Supervisors’ Police Study

Loudoun Sheriff Michael Chapman came to the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday night to publicly oppose ongoing work to study whether the county should create a police department, which would sideline the sheriff for most law enforcement duties.

Chapman arrived to personally deliver the quarterly significant incidents report—a task he typically leaves to one of his subordinates—but before getting to that spent several minutes defending his work as sheriff.

“In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin, the nation has seen an unparalleled protest and riots, and attacks on the law enforcement profession like never before,” Chapman began. “While there are many instances of bad and even criminal conduct on the part of police officers, the vast, vast majority of the 700,000 law enforcement officers nationwide, representing 18,000 agencies and handling over 60 million citizen contacts every given year, remain committed to this profession, and put their lives on the line daily to protect the citizens that they serve, many they don’t even know.”

Chapman said while other departments have been deputies and police officers leaving, his office ended the year with its lowest vacancy rate ever, and pointed to work such as Crisis Intervention Training for deputies and agency accreditation.

“I raise these concerns because they are important to know, as the county has now committed $500,000 to study a problem that doesn’t exist,” Chapman said.

County Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) chastised him for those statements.

“What’s happening right now with the racial reckoning and the equity march is not just because of George Floyd, or one person or two persons, it is because of hundreds of Black people, especially Black men, who have died unjustifiably at the hands of law enforcement,” Randall said. “And there have been riots, and that is not OK, and there have been lootings and that is not okay, but we are not talking about something that the Black community has been dealing with for a couple of months.”

She said “to minimize that is an egregious insult that I will not sit here and pass by.”

Supervisors also pressed Chapman on the lack of diversity in his command staff. Questioned about minority representation at the highest levels in the agency by Supervisor Koran T. Saines (D-Sterling), Chapman pointed to the lone Black officer of the eight above lieutenant, Major Easton McDonald, and “an executive assistant who’s female.”

Chapman’s attendance at the Board of Supervisors meeting surprised both supervisors and School Board members, who were that night expecting him to attend their meeting to discuss a new agreement on the School Resource Officer program. Instead, that work was derailed when, with Chapman at the Board of Supervisors meeting, the Sheriff’s Office proposed a new version of the policy.

14 thoughts on “Chapman Attacks Board of Supervisors’ Police Study

  • 2021-05-05 at 4:33 pm
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    “I raise these concerns because they are important to know, as the county has now committed $500,000 to study a problem that doesn’t exist,” Chapman said.”

    Is this what the police chief assoc. study cost taxpayers? Unbelievable. The BOS hates the people at large for having control over law enforcement. They want to strip us of our right to choose. Reject and resist these control freaks.

  • 2021-05-05 at 4:54 pm
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    The Sheriff’s Dept. is the best operating unit of all the public organizations in Loudoun County. If the BoS needs a clown show to fix START WITH THE WORTHLESS SCHOOL BOARD.

    We do not need the County to go down the failed path of equity. We see the failed Democrat policies across America and the chaos and violence it has caused. This is part of a Democrat power grab to take over ever institution and bend it to is political will and has nothing to do with righting wrongs. Maybe Randall needs a police chief so she can hide the improprieties of her own staff members? An independent Sheriff can keep a pilfering BoS personnel in check. A lackey police chief can not.

    If 1 in 8 officers above LT are Black then, guess what, that exactly matches the proportion of Blacks in America. But, more importantly, Saines’s thoughts are dangerous. He didn’t ask about the competency of those officers, he complained about how they look.

    “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

    I hope Mike Chapman continues to fight this stupidity, and I’m disappointed in the BoS (again) for wasting time and resources instead of fixing real problems.

  • 2021-05-05 at 4:59 pm
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    I want to find out who offers the best hamburger, so I contract with McDonalds to do a research study.

    That’s the genius-level thought process of the BoS.

  • 2021-05-05 at 5:09 pm
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    Ms. Randall and the current BOS need to be voted out ASAP. Their narrative continues to catapult LOCO into national news and not for positive reasons. The free-spending agenda they continue to foster is reckless at best. Chapman stated facts and Randall chastised him for doing so.
    Kudos to Sheriff Chapman for his presentation.

    • 2021-05-05 at 9:30 pm
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      Oh how I wish that the change we were promised would arrive. Instead, we get a juvenile response to an intelligent, thorough presentation of facts.
      $500,000.00. I can hardly fathom it and what this county could be doing with that money. Does anyone think these ‘experts’ will arrive at any other conclusion than the current, trendy group think of the BoS? Me neither.
      Randall…you have lost my confidence, my loyalty and my vote.

  • 2021-05-05 at 5:24 pm
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    Chapman is the control freak and is in attack mode. He knows he would never survive in a police department which demands transparency. His first Public Information Officer (who was on his campaign staff prior to being elected) quickly became appalled by his behavior and later filed a grievance with the County. She documented the extent of his unethical behavior and the County quietly settled and obtained a non-disclosure agreement. As for the “lowest vacancy”, he is referred to the 50 plus new hires to replace all the experienced people who fled the Sheriff’s Office in droves. As for diversity? There a many competent and talented men and woman of color that got sidelined to working in the jail.

  • 2021-05-05 at 6:17 pm
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    Mike Chapman has done a great job with the Loudoun County Sheriffs Office. The BoS need to focus on real problems such as our schools not open, dumbing down the education standards. Instead they go look for a problem that does not exist. If we stop wasting money on irrelevant issues like this we could have lower taxes and make Loudoun County a more affordable place to live. Shame on you Ms. Randall!

  • 2021-05-05 at 9:34 pm
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    Oh how I wish that the change we were promised would arrive. Instead, we get a juvenile response to an intelligent, thorough presentation of facts.
    $500,000.00. I can hardly fathom it and what this county could be doing with that money. Does anyone think these ‘experts’ will arrive at any other conclusion than the current, trendy group think of the BoS? Me neither.
    Randall…you have lost my confidence, my loyalty and my vote.

  • 2021-05-05 at 10:19 pm
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    I am not a fan of Chapman for several reasons and only voted for him once, this past election where is opponent had zero LEO experience. However as a native of NYC, I am all too familiar with a Police Chief reporting to someone else other than the public who should elect him. If you disagree with Chapman and feel his opponent is better than vote him out. But please do not allow some other official with no LEO experience as a political agenda to fire him.

  • 2021-05-05 at 10:32 pm
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    This is all about control. Ms. Randall and the rest of the BOS simply cannot stand it that they cannot hire their friends to run a police department, that we the people pick who the Sheriff of LoCo will be. Slowly but surely this BOS wants us to give up all control to them- do not allow this. It is past time to get rid of this BOS and return a sense of normalcy to this county. The school board needs to be next on the chopping block.

  • 2021-05-06 at 10:11 am
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    I find it hilarious the individuals that say “don’t judge me on how I look, but how I can do the job” but these same individuals constantly want to know how many of this or that are within an organization. We should judge people on their capabilities not on their skin or sexual orientation.
    I am completely opposed to having a police department, as others have pointed out, we the people lose control and they only answer to the County Administrator and Board of Supervisors. Just look at the Fire & Rescue Department as an example of the lost of control. As former Supervisor Betty Tatum stated many years ago, “Don’t Fairfax Loudoun!” Unfortunately, we are already headed that direction in both personnel and the way we handle responses to incidents. We need to have an independent citizens committee that oversees the decisions that are being made within the Fire & Rescue community.
    No Chairwoman Randal we do not need a police department. We want to have the capability to throw out the head of law enforcement when they are no longer doing what we the people want them to do. Not because they are not doing what you and the board of supervisors believe they should be doing.

  • 2021-05-06 at 11:59 am
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    And the Loudoun County Clown Show continues……

    Stay the course sheriff. The BOS will all be voted out SOON along with the crazy School Board members.

    We want to know more about the Enemies List that school board members compiled. You know, the list of concerned parents that wanted schools to reopen. This activity is ILLEGAL.

    Take your marxist policies and union garbage and LEAVE Loudoun.

    Our school kids are suffering and you could care less.

    Pathetic.

  • 2021-05-06 at 12:25 pm
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    I watched the BOS meeting with much angst. Chairwoman Randall and the Board’s absurd lack of common sense; fiscal and otherwise, prevents practical policy that advances the interests of the people. And Renss Greene’s biased reporting of the meeting is yet another example of why the media has such low credibility with the public. Greene’s article is quite simply incomplete and lacks a balanced, objective account of ALL that transpired during the meeting.

    Chapman clearly recognized the instances of poor policing and individual criminal acts on the part of police. But someone should remind Chairwoman Randall that she represents local Loudoun County government. If that was her focus then she’d state which she knows as a proven matter of fact- that the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office has a comprehensive outreach program that serves everyone regardless of race.

    As for the spending of $500,000 of Loudoun taxpayer’s money to fund a study on changing the sheriff’s office to a police department, it is unequivocally the worst example of government spending waste. Police agencies are rightfully subjected to a cadre of oversight reviews, audits, professional and citizen ratings. Sheriff Chapman accurately reported the Loudoun Sheriff’s office stellar approval ratings across the board. With absolutely no rational, practical reason to change a proven successful police agency lauded by the citizens, as well as community and professional affiliations alike, Randall feels the need to spend $500,000 of our money to-as Chapman states- fix something that clearly is NOT broken. On the contrary, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office epitomizes what police agencies should be; an effective public safety entity that serves all the people with dignity and social justice equality.

    It seems obvious that Randall’s motive for the study and change is nothing more than a political ploy to oust Chapman and get control over an appointed police chief. It is disingenuous for politicians who have absolutely no law enforcement knowledge to dictate and impose police strategies on its citizens. And what of the transparency of Randall and the Board? Can she and the Board withstand the same intense scrutiny that the sheriff’s office has? No, because there is no formal method to examine the transparency of the Board’s practices. What we know is that the same independent contract consultant reviewed and assessed citizen approval and satisfaction of county government (the Board) at an abysmally low 57% compared to the Sheriff’s Office high rating of 87%!

    It would be a disservice to change the high quality of public safety currently being delivered to the citizens and visitors of Loudoun County- let alone the millions of dollars it will cost taxpayers to convert to a police department should this politically motivated proposal be approved.

  • 2021-05-06 at 1:54 pm
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    Mike Chapman spent almost the entirety of his career at the DEA helping implement our greatest failure of social policy in the history of our country- the war on drugs.

    Mike Chapman wouldn’t even make long list for the job of police chief at any mid sized city in the country’. Mike’s been wrong his entire career. Forgive me if I care not of Mike’s opinion as to how Loudoun County should set up its’ government.

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