Virginia Forensic Science Academy
Annual Retraining Seminar
Virginia Beach, VA
September 2-4, 2020
THE 2020 RETRAINING SEMINAR AT VIRGINIA BEACH
HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
THERE WILL BE A ONE-DAY
ANNUAL RETRAINING SEMINAR HELD ON-LINE VIA GOOGLE MEET.
INFORMATION IS BELOW.
Please see the attached letters from President Marc Hackett,
Jeff Dwyer, DFS, and Fhatima Shands to explain the cancellation and the Retraining Seminar via Google Meet.
If you have not received the emailed course announcement, contact Fhatima Shands directly to verify
your email address.
Information on the one-day Retraining
Seminar via Google Meet
Virginia Forensic Science
Annual Retraining Seminar
From Richmond, Virginia
Online via Google Meet
Registration is now open for the one-day Annual Retraining Seminar. The seminar
will be held online via Google Meet.
one-day online seminar is designed to provide graduates of the Virginia Forensic Science Academy some valuable training in
lieu of the traditional two-and-a-half-day seminar that had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Material to be covered
will include laboratory updates, cultural diversity and legal. We will be requesting from DCJS to have two hours of cultural
diversity and four hours of legal approved for Partial In-Service Credit.
The course will be taught online via Google Meet. Students do not need any special software
to participate, however they will need a reliable internet connection. Also, if you will be using an agency issued computer,
please ensure prior to the class date there is no internal agency policy prohibiting access to Google Meet via the internet.
Those who register will be emailed instructions
and a link for joining the training session a week prior to the class.
Registration will be on-line, and information will be posted under Course Resources as it becomes
available. Once you have registered, please continue to refer back to the website for updated information. Please
click on the following link to register, Forensic Training, and select the "Short Course Schedule" tab, NOT the
"VFSA Annual Retraining" tab. When filling out the application, type in your ACADEMY SESSION in the field
for "Additional Law Enforcement Experience".
The event password for this event is → PLEASE CONTACT FHATIMA FOR THE PASSWORD.
Registration will be open until August 24, 2020, at 5:00 PM.
Information on the cancelling of
the VFSA 2020 Annual Retraining Seminar at Virginai Beach
To all VFSAAA Members;
The Annual Retraining Seminar and Annual Membership
Meeting has been cancelled due to several reasons that are out of the control of the board.
This decision has brought an interesting situation to light about our Bylaws.
Our current Bylaws advise under Article III, Section 1;
The officers of the Association shall consist of a President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer,
Western Director, Eastern Director, Northern Director, Central Director, and Sergeant-at-Arms. Each officer shall be
an Active or Associate member of the Association elected by a majority vote of the electorate, except that the Regional Directors
shall be elected by the respective active Regional membership. The term of office shall be for a period of one year
from the date of the Annual Meeting or until a successor is elected, providing each officer remains an Active or Associate
member of The Association during the term of office."
Therefore with this current Bylaw the current board will remain in place till our next Annual Membership
Meeting (2021) since the Annual Meeting (2020) has been canceled. Our next Annual Membership Meeting will be the week
before Labor Day 2021. This will include keeping the current regional directors on the Board as well since they were
not voted in during their respective Regional Retraining workshops. The Nomination Committee chair has polled all current
Board Members and they have agreed to remain in their respective positions.
The current Bylaws and the proposed amendments can be found posted on the website at www.vfsaaa.org
Please feel free to contact me or any
Board Member with any questions or concerns you would like to discuss in view of the unfortunate cancellation of our 2020
want to wish that all members and their families are safe and healthy during this pandemic. We look forward to seeing
you at either the next Regional Retraining Workshops in 2021 or the Annual Retraining Seminar in Virginia Beach in 2021.
I would also like to thank Jeff Dwyer and the rest of the training staff at
DFS for all their help and insight into assisting the Board and Membership.
Jeff Dwyer's Letter to the Members Concerning the Cancelling of the 2020 Retraining Seminar......Click Here