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New State Troopers are familiar to many / September 02, 2013
Halifax County has two new State Troopers who will be familiar to many local residents.

Leo Pambid and John Williamson, both Halifax County natives, moved to the Virginia State Police Area Office 23 in Halifax on Aug. 25.

“We are glad to have them here,” said First Sgt. Jeff Lane. “We couldn’t be happier to have gotten two fine young men who know this area.”

Pambid, son of Dr. and Mrs. Leo Pambid, moved here from the 7th Division in Northern Virginia. Williamson, son of Betty Williamson and the late Alex Williamson, had worked in neighboring Mecklenburg County before being assigned to Halifax.

Their arrival comes in the wake of a May letter by the Halifax County Board of Supervisors to Col. W. Steven Flaherty, head of the Virginia State Police, asking that the local office be staffed with its full allotment of 11 troopers. At that time only eight positions were filled.

With the new arrivals, the number of State Troopers is up to nine. Previously, Trooper T. C. Comer was moved to a position with the VSP Motor Carrier Division in Salem.

“We got two and lost one,” said Lane, noting that his office is still short two troopers.

“We can just hope that with the completion of [new Trooper] academy training in 2014, we may be able to get two more,” he said.

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11 troopers in Halifax? What a waste of government money!


So you think 11 troopers are a waste of money. That's only 3-4 per shift. What would you think would be a good number ? One or two ? Let's say you are at the Cove and needed help from a trooper and he is on 58E toward Clarksville. I hope it's not a life or death situation because it will take him awhile to get there. Think man...think!


I was taught to depend on myself not outside help. there should only be 2 working a shift. Troopers mainly work wrecks etc. What do we have the sheriff's dept for? I am thinking. Dept. of Homeland Security is truning our police forces into domestic armies. I would not trade security for freedom for anything. The government is not my caregiver. So you think!


Really allpolitical? Apparently you can't count or say 9 NOT 11, and I bet you would be the first to complain and throw a fit when someone didn't repsond "in a timely manner". You really have no clue on the system. Most time police are out numbered in any situation and yes they have guns oh my but people like you would say they used excessive force or overstepped their bounds! Get a grip! And yeah I have worked with the police so I know what they have to deal with!!

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