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SoVaNow.com / November 21, 2012The Halifax Police Department, which has gone nearly a year without a chief since David Martin left the post to join the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department, will have a new leader beginning on Dec. 3.
On Monday, members of the Halifax Town Council Personnel Committee offered the position to Kevin Lands, who will come to Halifax from the town of Waverly, where he has served as police chief since 2008.
Lands has a reputation for having a strong work ethic and an uncompromising devotion to service, said town officials who chose him among a dozen candidates for the job. He has more than 17 years of experience in planning and managing investigations, security, public service and police force activities. He has strong qualifications in budgeting, personnel affairs, training, resource management, public safety and emergency response.
“I think he’s just what we really need,” said Mayor Dick Moore, who concurred with the Personnel Committee in accepting the recommendation from the Virginia Association of Police Chiefs on Landes’ behalf.
“He has a good background in police work and I am really impressed with him.”
Councilman Holt Evans, who heads the Personnel Committee, added, “The selection process was very professionally conducted and therefore time-consuming, but the result couldn’t be better. Kevin Lands and the Town of Halifax will be an excellent match.”
Prior to his work with the Waverly Department, Lands was Chief Operations Officer for Excaliber Security in Chester and before that he was a police officer with the Petersburg Police Department for five years. He also served as a patrol officer with the Dinwiddie Police earlier.
Lands holds a degree from Liberty University in Criminal Justice. Town officials said he is proficient in grant writing and has a thorough knowledge of state statutes and codes, federal guideline and protocols and local ordinances relating to law enforcement. He is able to deal effectively with the public and provide appropriate referrals to other social service agencies and works well under physically and emotionally stressful situations.
Lands’ salary was set at $42,000 annually..
Lands is 39 years old and he and his wife, Chantelle, have two sons: a 13 year old and another who will be turning three soon.
The Lands frequently volunteer in food pantries and recently adopted a family who lost everything during Hurricane Sandy, helping to raise over $5,000 in donations and driving to New York City to personally deliver them.
“I’m so glad we made the decision to hire him,” Moore said.
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