ALEXANDRIA, VA – Alexandria Police Officer Bennie L. Evans recently received good news. He has been selected by Gov. Ralph S. Northam (D-VA) to join the Commonwealth of Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board.
The board, operating through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, serves a number of purposes. For example, it conducts research and evaluation on criminal justice issues; develops criminal justice plans; distributes federal and state grants to improve the criminal justice system overall.
“Officer Evans is an outstanding representative not only of the Police Department, but of Alexandria’s community values,” said Chief Michael L. Brown. “We are delighted the Governor has tapped Officer Evans to help pursue the same standards of excellence statewide that he helps push us to achieve here at home.”
Evans has a had a long career in law enforcement. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he joined the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office in 1992. Six years later, he joined the Alexandria Police Department (APD).
For his dedication to public service, Evans has received many awards. They include: 2011 City of Alexandria Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year, 2015 Field Operations Bureau Police Officer of the Year, and 2016 Recipient of the U.S Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing.
Evans teaches crisis intervention to other APD officers and serves as Homeless Outreach Liaison. The latter has helped cement his bond with the Alexandria community.