Covington VA –-(Ammoland.com)- The Roanoke City Circuit Court Clerk was requiring that CHP applicants take their applications down to the Police Academy and get their photographs taken there.
Member Jack Doyle had contacted VCDL about this issue a few weeks ago. I then contacted the Circuit Court Clerk, Brenda Hamilton, and also the Police Academy, advising both that the requirements for CHP holders to take their paperwork to the Academy and getting their photographs taken were not legal.
The person at the Academy that I spoke to said he would take the information up the ladder. The Clerk said she would be checking into it further.
Jack kept the heat on the Clerk and also had a great idea: he told the Clerk to ask the City Attorney about those extra requirements. That would give her a, hopefully, unbiased opinion on the law.
Jack checked with the Clerk today and she said the problem was fixed. She would stop sending CHP applicants to the Academy and the Academy would no longer be taking any photographs of CHP applicants!
Jack did a great job in following up with the Clerk, as I was sidetracked with other things and it ended up on a back burner. This is often the best way to handle such things: I contact the government official to grease the skids and a VCDL member keeps an eye on the situation and let's me know if the problem is resolved or if we need to escalate.
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